Quiriguá 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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One of the best ways to see Quiriguá is to take a combination Copán (Honduras) overnight tour that departs from either Antigua or Guatemala City. It is only 58 miles (94 km) from Guatemala City, making it the closest ruins from the capital. 
Adres: Quirigua, Izabal, Guatemala
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Copan en Quirigua Overnachting vanuit Antigua

Verken de mysteries van de Maya-beschaving op twee van de belangrijkste archeologische vindplaatsen van de cultuur tijdens deze tweedaagse overnachtingtrip naar Copán en Quirigua vanuit Antigua. Eerste stop bij Copán, een UNESCO-werelderfgoedlocatie, waar je de eerste dag een bezoek brengt aan een van de grootste Maya-steden uit de antieke wereld. Ga dan naar Quirigua, de plaats van de hoogste stèle van de Maya-wereld. Onderweg zal je gids details geven over de geschiedenis van deze verbazingwekkende sites. Je excursie omvat ook vervoer van en naar je hotel, ontbijt, alle entreegelden en standaard overnachtingsmogelijkheden.
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