The massive stone stelae located at the Maya site named Quirigua impress not solely by their size, but by the intricately carved glyphs and depictions of kings and gods on display as well. The site is an easy stop for those traveling between the highlands of Guatemala to Livingstone and the Caribbean coast along the Motagua River.
Quirigua shares a long history with nearby Copan, located in Honduras. Quirigua began as a vassel of Copan, occupying a strategic trade route to the Caribbean and a source for jade. Later, Quirgua not only became independent of the more powerful Copan state, but actually captured and executed Copan's ruler. Anyone who visits Copan should certainly make an effort to visit Quirigua.