Quirigua A World Heritage Site

Latin America


Linked to the nearby city of Copan, Quirigua is a city whose history extends nearly 2000 years.

During the 700's BC, the city was once both very large and prosperous.

The site of Quirigua is home to 22 stelae, including the largest known carved stone in the Mayan world at 35 feet tall and 5 feet wide.

Abandoned in the 9th century, Quirigua's temples and palaces are now ruins surrounded by banana plantations.

UNESCO features Quirigua in its world heritage site list. The site was added in 1981.