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“Impressive ancient Mayan Stelae”

Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

This archaeological park displays some the the largest and best preserved Mayan commerative stelae. They are from the 700-800 AD time period. The park is well laid out and you can get very close to the objects. There are high quality interpretive signs and rest room facilities. It was very hot when my wife and I were there--105 F. It takes almost 2 hrs to see the whole place so take water with you. The paths to see the stelae are good quality and mostly flat. There is some climbing to see the administrative building ruins.

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

This is another Mayan ruins site to definitely include in your itinerary. It is a small site with magnificent stelae. Having a guide definitely enhances your appreciation of the site.

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Reviewed March 13, 2013

Quirigua is a small site (at least what is excavated is not a huge area) but what a quality. It has the biggest and the finest Mayan stellas. They are outstanding. They have similarities to Copan stellas, but much bigger. I've been to many Mayan sites, but haven't seen Mayan carved glifs so good preserved. Quality of work is the finest. Also on site you can find some nice zoomorphic carvings. They are also huge.
Site is located in the middle of banana plantation. It can be very hot there, but you will be rewarded by seeing work of one of the best Mayan artists. Definetely worth coming. Unforgetable experience.

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Reviewed February 26, 2013

This was a cruise ship stop. I took a half-day excursion to Quiriguá National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (When I am choosing from vacation brochures & I see ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’ my eyes light up.) It was a cloudy, slightly drizzly day walking on our guided tour & the ground was lightly spongy but not slippery. The grounds & its sites are well maintained. We learned that Quiriguá ruins contain some outstanding 8th-century monuments, carved stelae, & sculpted calendars, a major source for the study of Mayan civilization. Quiriguá's height was about A.D. 600-900. The stelae are the main written chronicles of this lost civilization, as well as the key to their highly advanced (& I thought brilliantly complicated) calendar system. There are about 2 dozen wonderful Mayan stone-carving monuments.

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Reviewed January 14, 2013

This is a fascinating ancient Maya site. It does not have the large pyramids but the stelae are magnificent. If you have a grasp of the Mayan calendar, and/or a good guide, the information carved on them is amazing. It is a large site, so did not appear crowded, and is very well cared for and maintained. Definitely worth a visit.

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