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The town of Quiriguá would have nothing to recommend it to visitors if not for the famous ruins of the same name nearby. The ruins are home to the largest freestanding statues, called Stelas, in Latin America and date from around A.D. 700. Unlike the nearby ruins of Copán all that remains is the ceremonial center, not the surrounding city itself. The ruins are located about an hours walk outside of town and can be thoroughly explored in about an hour so there´s no real reason to stay in the town itself. If you do decide to overnight in Quiriguá there are exactly two hotels to choose from, both reasonably priced and clean. But you are much better off making this a day trip before continuing on to Puerto Barrios or Río Dulce.


Quiriguá is located around the 203 kilometer mark on the Carretera Atlántico or 220 kilometers from Guatemala City, and relatively easy to visit as it is not far from the highway that links the city to the coast. All buses that travel the highway between Guatemala City and Puerto Barrios pass near the town and the adjacent ruins. From the town you can take a pick-up truck or walk through the nearby banana plantation.


With only two options to choose from you can´t be too picky. Hotel El Edén offers single or double rooms for around $7.00 per night or you could try the nearby Hotel Royal which has an attached restaurant for around the same price.


Other places nearby Quiriguá: Puerto Barrios, Estanzuela, El Estor, Lake Izabal, Río Lámpara , Jalapa, Fronteras/El Relleno (Rio Dulce), Mariscos, El Castillo De San Felipe and Jutiapa.

19 Aug 2010

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