Quiriguá

The Quiriguá Archaeological Site is characterized by its majestic stelae, the largest and best preserved in the Mayan World. It was a small center of the Classical Mayan period located in the Lowlands of southeastern Guatemala. The importance of Quirigua at the cultural level is that despite being a small center and not presenting a monumental architecture, it has one of the largest squares in the Maya area, as well as the most impressive sculptural set, with the highest sculptured monument (Estela E) that has been registered to date in Mesoamerica. On October 31, 1981, UNESCO granted Quirigua the category of Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

How to get:

Arrival time from Guatemala City: 4.5 hours.

It is located 208 km from Guatemala City (4.5 hours). To get there, take the “Carretera al Atlántico” (CA-9 North) that leads to Puerto Barrios and at km 204 you will find the junction towards Quirigua. Continue for 5 km to the site, on paved road, crossing over extensive banana plantations that surround the area.

Contact: Dirección General del Patrimonio Cultural y Natural

Phone: (502) 2443-9500 / (502) 2476- 9856

email: parquequirigua@hotmail.com / parquequirigua@mcd.gob.gt

Website: www.mcd.gob.gt