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Comments : The village see little tourists and this is another good reason to spend some time there...
What to do ? Say hello to the staring locals / Walk along an old rail track / Spot tons of bananas (Del Monte plantations) / Admire 9 great stelaes, the tallest in the Maya world (up to nearly 11 meters for 65 tons), depicting the city's rulers / Try to figure out what of the 6 zoomorphs (strange massive blocks of stones) represents a jaguar, a turtle or a frog / Back in the village, play pools or head toward a bar / Alternatively, walk the charming countryside or head toward bigger Los Amates...
What you may not like ? Being the walking attraction maybe / Not finding good bananas at the market ! / Not having much to do after you visited the ruins / The mosquitoes / The rather high ratio of drinking spot per habitants /
How long ? One day would be just fine.
Where to stay ? Three places in this tiny place but only one good quality-price ratio :
Other ? Not much around. Head to Los Amates for your shopping !
The ruins of Quirigua ? This is one of the best spot, with Copan in Honduras, to see Maya carvings and, what is more, the way toward it and the setting itself are lovely. From the village, walk 10mn along the rail track, turn right at the road, and continue within the bananas reserve for about 40mn (regular transports as well if too hot). The site is free for locals but cost Q25 for foreigners. A bit expensive considering the size... Inside,
disseminated on a well maintained grass are a dozens of big stones covered with delicate glyphs and Maya figures. In the back are the disappointing remains of the acropolis (at least compared to massive Tikal). Behind, the jungle is worth a short walk. For cultural info about the place, check the board at the entrance. And for colorful souvenirs, check the stalls ! The site is open daily from 7:30 to 17.
See also the trip from Livingston