Archaeological sites

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TIKAL

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One of the biggest and most important sites of the Mayan world. The natural park covers a surface of 552 km2. Around this ancient city more than 3000 structures like temples, palaces, ball courts and even sauna are already uncovered.

COPAN

Exceptional site with delicately sculpted stelas worth seeing. The museum is also very well documented. Don't miss it !

QUIRIGUA

This small site situated in the middle of a banana plantation has the tallest steles known from the Mayan culture. They are still well preserved. These beautiful steles tell the story of the relationship between Quirigua and its neighbor city Copan.

The Quiriguà archaeological site, located just 94 kilometers from Puerto Barrios on the road to Guatemala city, contains the largest steal ever discovered in the Maya world. This Maya city was probably founded in the Late Pre-Classic era and flourished until the 10 th century, when it was abandoned for unknown reasons. Nice stelae, dating from 692 to 810 AD, are arranged around the central plaza, accompanied by altars carved into zoomorphic shapes. The largest of these. The ruins are unrestored and mostly unexcavated, but deciphered hieroglyphs from the stelae and altars tell a fascinating story of Quirigua`s relationship with nearby Copàn. In 653 AD, a Copan ruler erecter altar L, at Quirigua, to celebrate his control over the city. In 725, his son installed a ruler named Cauac-Sky at Quirigua. Bvut Cauac-Sky revolted against Copan 13 years later, defected 18-Rabbit in battle and a strategic position in the Motagua Valley, and probably controlled trade in obsidian and jade mined nearby. No one is quite sure how the huge sandstone blocks, quarried mountains to the north and carved into stelae and altars at Quirigua, were transported by the city’s inhabitants.

IXIMCHE

These are the ruins of the ancient Cakchiquel capital, whose inhabitants rose against the conquistador.

ZACULEU

Post classical ruins. Temple, ball court and a small museum. It is the only restored site of the highlands.

LA DEMOCRACIA

Situated on the pacific coast, this site is interesting because of the mix of the Olmeca and Maya cultures.

YAXHA

Our favorite site: A lake surrounded by tropical forest of the Mayan biosphere with many animal species, some endangered. An archaeological site of exceptional value, the only one that allows to see the organization of a Mayan urban area with an estimated population of 40,000 residents.
A very decent lodge to spend the night. A breathtaking sunset from the top of the pyramid 2-16, with parrots, toucans, howler monkeys and "spider" monkeys who seem to observe the visitors. A night excursion on the lake to watch the crocodiles, your guide might catch some little ones to show you.

EL MIRADOR

Located 7km from the Mexican border, this site has the largest number of edifices. It's probably the oldest also. The access is by foot after a few days of trek. Adventure guaranteed.

MIXCO VIEJO

Mayan site in the highlands of Guatemala, 6km from the Motagua river and north west of Chimaltenango, where the religious and military capital of the Pokoman was found. The town was conquered by Pedro de Alvarado in 1525.