|The Mayan ruins of Quirigua a situated inside a beautiful archaeological park.|
|The stelae of Quirigua are among the most intricately carved in the entire Mayan world. Up to 10 m (33 ft) high, they are also the tallest.
The thatched canopies are not of Mayan origin; they are a recent invention to protect the stelae from the elements.
|Unlike other Mayan sites which mostly used limestone, stelae and zoomorphs (large boulders carved to represent animals and covered with figures and glyphs) in Quirigua are made of sandstone and are still in surprisingly good condition even a millennium after the collapse of the Mayan culture.|