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Quiriguá (sometimes written Quirigua) is an ancient Mayan site in southeastern Guatemala. Although it’s considered a small Mayan city, it is without a doubt one of the most important. It was here that the tallest stela from the Maya world was discovered. The monolithic stone stands 35 feet high (10.6 meters), 5 feet (1.5 meters) wide and 5 feet (1.5 meters) thick, weighing over 60 tons (53.6 long tons).

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Quiriguá once controlled the jade and obsidian trade route. During the same time, the city had a fierce rivalry with its neighbor Copán in Honduras. Researchers believe Quiriguá was inhabited starting in the second century, and the bulk of the most important monuments were carved between A.D 426 and AD 810. It is unknown why Quiriguá entered a period of decline, but evidence suggests that when the Europeans arrived, the jade route was under the control of Nito, a city closer to the Caribbean coast.

The stelae, or monolothic sandstone monuments, at Quiriguá were carved without tools and contain hieroglyphic texts that provide information on the Maya city’s rise and fall, along with details during the most important years. These monumental structures also tell an important tale of Quiriguá’s relationship with Copán and were built around the Great Plaza. The Ceremonial Plaza and the Plaza of the Temple are renowned for their complexity.

The last known hieroglyphs from Quiriguá date back to A.D. 810, which was around the time of the entire Classic Maya collapse. Researchers believe that the reduction in trade along the Motagua may have caused Quiriguá to ultimately be abandoned.

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Copan and Quirigua Overnight Trip from Guatemala City

Copan and Quirigua Overnight Trip from Guatemala City

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This two-day tour of Copan and Quirigua transports travelers back in time on a historic journey through stunning Mayan ruins. Travel through picturesque countryside to Copan, Honduras and spend a day touring the sites with your expert guide. Enjoy an evening in a local hotel before making your way to Quirigua—home of the tallest stela in the Mayan world—for a second UNESCO World Heritage Site-filled day before returning to Guatemala City.
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  • 2 days
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$340.00
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Copan and Quirigua Overnight Trip from Antigua

Copan and Quirigua Overnight Trip from Antigua

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Explore the mysteries of the Mayan civilization at two of the culture’s most important archaeological sites on this 2-day overnight trip to Copán and Quirigua from Antigua. First stop at Copán, a UNESCO World Heritage site, spending the first day visiting one of the biggest Mayan cities of the ancient world. Then head to Quirigua, site of the Mayan world’s tallest stela. Along the way your guide will provide details about the history of these amazing sites. Your excursion also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel, breakfast, all entrance fees and standard overnight accommodation.
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  • 2 days
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Visit of 2 Mayan Kingdoms: Copan & Quirigua on a Private 2-Days Tour

Visit of 2 Mayan Kingdoms: Copan & Quirigua on a Private 2-Days Tour

For lovers of ancient Mayan kingdoms, this tour is ideal. Our team will be exclusively dedicated to your group, your needs, and any questions you may have. On our first day, we will go to Copan Ruinas Archaeological Site, a place known as the Paris of the past. This is certainly an ideal place to learn about dynasties, kings, traditions, and more. On the second day, we will go to the city of Quiriguà in the Guatemalan Caribbean. This city depended for many years on the kingdom of Copàn. Knowledge, beautiful landscapes, and nature await us on this wonderful tour. Come join us!
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Semuc Champey, Copan, Quirigua and Rio Dulce Tour

Semuc Champey, Copan, Quirigua and Rio Dulce Tour

Enjoy a 5-day tour of the most emblematic places in Guatemala. You will get to know Semuc Champey and its crystalline waters, the archaeological splendor of Copán, the imposing Mayan stelae of Quiriguá, and enjoy nature in Río Dulce !.
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  • 5 days
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Private 3-Day Tour in the Caribbean area of Guatemala

Private 3-Day Tour in the Caribbean area of Guatemala

We'll visit the Caribbean area of Guatemala, hidden in between Banana Plantations we'll discover the great and imposing Archaeological site of Quiriguá filled with its unique monuments and the amazing 10 meters high Carved Mayan Stelae. Moving east, we'll arrive at Río Dulce. Visit what used to be a Pirate Fortress dated from the 1600s. Then, we'll discover a different face of Guatemala: Livingston, with its unique Garífuna culture thanks to an Afro-descendant heritage, decorated with beautiful white sand beaches and natural pools. On our way back and to finish our adventurous experience, we'll introduce into the green tropical jungle to get to a sacred place for the Mayan-Qeqchi communities, feel welcomed with a Mayan Ceremony that will intervene for us to give us permission to access The Tiger Caves where a beautiful mountain river passes through.
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  • 3 days
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9-Day Trip in Guatemala: All Around

9-Day Trip in Guatemala: All Around

OVERVIEW One of the most colorful countries in Central America, the center of the Mayan civilization covered by tropical rain forests - all this is amazing Guatemala. In this 9-day "Guatemala: All-Around Tour", you can enjoy the beauty of local nature and ancient monuments, see by yourself the villages in which the descendants of legendary Mayans still live nowadays, dive headlong into local customs and visit amazing architectural structures, the likes of which cannot be found on the entire planet. Highlights Visit UNESCO-listed Quirigua, one of the most ancient Mayan cities that contain some outstanding 8th-century monuments and impressive series of carved stelae and sculpted calendars. Relax in unique natural hot waterfalls of Finca el Paraiso. Enjoy the quietness and beauty of Flores - a picturesque town on the island on Lago Petén Itzá. Swim in Semuc Champey - a magnificently beautiful stepped series of limestone pools with cool, flowing river water.
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11-Day Mayan Ruins Tour: Guatemala and Copán

11-Day Mayan Ruins Tour: Guatemala and Copán

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Experience the magnificence of Guatemala’s Mayan ruins on an 11-day tour led by a knowledgeable guide. Be seduced by the dramatic landscapes of the Western Highlands as you visit San Tomas Church and discover the history behind Iximche, Guatemala’s first capital. Marvel at the natural splendor of Lake Atitlan; cross the border to Honduras to see the UNESCO-listed Copan archaeological site; and travel to the Caribbean Coast to absorb the ancient majesty of Tikal and Yaxha. Enjoy 10 nights of comfortable accommodation, meals indicated by the itinerary and transportation by air-conditioned minivan.
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What are Quiriguá hours of operation?
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Quiriguá hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Quiriguá tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Quiriguá can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Quiriguá 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Quiriguá costs USD 340.00. Guided Quiriguá tours start around USD 340.00 per person.
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