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Quirigua Guatemala Archaeological Ruins Tour
Quirigua Guatemala is a very important archaeological site and the Quirigua Ruins received an inscription as a World Heritage site in 1981.
The Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua indicate they were inhabited as far back as 200 A.D. Once, it was a prosperous and autonomous state in the Mayan empire perched at the crossroads of numerous trade routes significant to the region.
Today the Mayan ruins of Quirigua Guatemala stand as sentries, fortifying the regional history and culture of the ancient Mayan civilization.
This consistent link with the past has encouraged Guatemala to transform into the vibrant aesthetic that it is today.
Visit Quirigua Guatemala with Caravan
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Scope of the Quirigua Ruins
The Archaeological Park and Mayan ruins of Quirigua cover 34 hectares of land. Seventeen sandstone monuments carved between 426 A.D. and 810 A.D. still tower over the site.
Sculpted stone calendars tracked the history of this once mighty culture, boasting hieroglyphics that outline vital historical and social events of the Mayan civilization.
Whether celestial occurrences or excerpts of Mayan mythological and political history, the stone carvings provide for unique archaeological and anthropological studies of this mysteriously lost society.
The Great Plaza of Quirigua Guatemala
The Great Plaza of Quirigua is the largest known public expanse in the Mayan region. Complex structures are spread out around the Great Plaza, including the Ceremonial Plaza and the Plaza of the Temple.
Remarkable in their intricacy, access to these structures within the Great Plaza utilizes a system of staircases, pyramids, and terraces that relied on modification of the natural landscape.
Rio Dulce and Petenchel
The sweet river — Rio Dulce — begins as water flows out of Lake Isabel and eventually empties into the Caribbean.
Near the entrance to the river, a small fort was used in the Spanish colonial era to prevent pirates from accessing the lake — Petenchel Laguna.
A 67-acre nature preserve on Petenchel Laguna provides the backdrop for exquisite scenery from the Villa Maya, a lodge snuggled into the jungle.
The surrounding area has numerous walking trails which skirt the fringes of tropical forest elevated slightly above a pristine lake view.
Quirigua Guatemalan history and culture somehow fused into the astounding monoliths of the Quirigua Ruins.
Your recollection and impression of these stoic stelae temper the slow flow of Rio Dulce and illuminate the vista of Petenchel Laguna as you reflect on your revitalizing Guatemalan adventure.
About Caravan Tours
It’s been more than 7 decades (1952) since Caravan started conducting fully guided tours. Come visit Quirigua Guatemala with us and help us celebrate our 70th anniversary in 2022!
Caravan Tours is still family-run, offering fully guided, all-inclusive tours across Central America including Guatemala, Panama, and Costa Rica with more Latin America tours planned for the near future.
We are also a second-generation Chicago-based Tour Company with exceptional tours in the United States and Canada as well.
Along with visiting the Quirigua Guatemala Mayan Archeological Site, your Caravan Guatemala tour also includes a Tikal ruins tour, a Lake Atitlan boat tour, and a guided tour of the romantic Colonial city of Antigua.
Wish to book or do you still have questions about our Caravan Guatemala Tour?
Call toll-free at 1-800-Caravan (227-2826)
Why Travel with Caravan?
Why Travel with Caravan?
Excellence Since 1952
You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.
Caravan's Proud History
In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two-hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then, Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.
Stay at park lodges, scenic resorts, and excellent hotels in great locations. See hotel descriptions on each tour page.
All meals included within Latin America. For USA and Canada tours, included meals are listed on each itinerary page. Bottled water is provided on motorcoaches in Latin America.
Enjoy complete sightseeing with more visits, extra features, and local guides.
Fully Guided by Tour Directors
All tours conducted from start to finish by professional tour directors, who are fluent in English, experienced, and fun.
Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.
Caravan will not bring you to overpriced shops in exchange for payments. Caravan gives you ample opportunity and time for great shopping, and the freedom to choose where and when to shop.
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Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. In a typical year, most of our tours sell out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.
How does Caravan Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?
Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices. We in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.
Trade Association Memberships
Caravan is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Advisors), NTA (National Tour Association), ABA (American Bus Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and ACMA (American Catalog Association).