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The Atlantic Lowlands Sights

Quiriguá

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 08/14/2013

Fodor's Review

Quiriguá, a Mayan city that dates from the Classic period, is famous for the amazingly well-preserved stelae, or carved pillars, which are the largest yet discovered, and dwarf those of Copán, Honduras, some 50 km (30 mi) south. The stelae depict Quiriguá's ruling dynasty, especially the powerful Cauac Chan (Jade Sky), whose visage appears on nine of the structures circling the Great Plaza. Stela E, the largest of these, towers 10 meters (33 feet) high and weighs 65

tons. Several monuments, covered with interesting zoomorphic figures, still stand. The most interesting of these depicts Cauac Chan's conquest of Copán and the subsequent beheading of its then-ruler, 18 Rabbit. The remains of an acropolis and other structures have been partially restored. The ruins are surrounded by a strand of rain forest—an untouched wilderness in the heart of banana country. A small museum here gives insight into Quiriguá's history.

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Sight Information

Address:

54 miles (90 km) southwest of Santo Tomás de Castilla, Los Amates, 18009, Guatemala

Phone:

/No phone

Sight Details:

  • $10
  • Daily 8–4:30

Updated 08/14/2013

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