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Monumental Culture

The ancient city of Quirigua (kiri-gwah) is a Maya Classic Period site located on the Motagua River, in eastern Guatemala. The site was occupied from approximately 200AD to 850AD. Its peak occurred in the 8th century, when Quiriguá's ruler captured and sacrificed Copan's most famous king, Uaxaclajuun Ub'aah K'awiil (18 Rabbit), and gained the city's independence.

Quirigua's collection of intricately-carved stelae includes the largest monolith in the New World; Stele E is over 35 feet high and weighs approximately 65 tons. Other highlights include a ballcourt, carved altars, three plazas and zoomorphic boulders.

Quirigua is located approximately four hours' drive from Guatemala City and roughly three hours from Copan Ruinas, Honduras. Mosaico Travel Services arranges personalized travel to Quirigua and throughout Guatemala. We organize luxury accommodation, private transportation, and tours with expert guides. Speak with a Mosaico travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.


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