Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala
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Approximately 4½ Hours
Meals not included
Go beyond the ordinary with a visit to Quirigua National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is archaeological marvel renowned for its Mayan ruins, offering you a captivating glimpse into Mesoamerican history in the heart of the Guatemalan jungle.
Inhabited since the 2nd century AD, Quirigua was most prominent during the reign of Cauac Sky (723–784) as the capital of an autonomous and prosperous state. The ruins of Quirigua contain some outstanding 8th-century monuments and an impressive series of carved stelae and sculpted calendars that constitute an essential source for the study of Mayan civilization.
Upon arrival, you will disembark the motorcoach and walk along a stone pathway of this Mayan city that was once the crown jewel of this region. View the monuments lining the central plaza and study the intricate carvings on the stellae, altars and zoomorphs, which reveal vivid portraits and bizarre glyphs.
As you explore, your guide will explain the engineering techniques used to construct Quirigua.
At the conclusion of your tour, you’ll leave amazed at the artistic and architectural achievements of this Mayan civilization.
Please note: Travel time to Quirigua is approximately 1.5 hours each way. Shade is limited. Please dress accordingly. Bring a hat and wear biodegradable sunscreen. Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes. Bring binoculars for bird watching.