Los Amates, Guatemala is a one-night only kinda town. My reason for stopping was to check out the significant, yet off-the-radar, Mayan site of Quiriguá a few clicks away. Home to some of the largest, most intricately carved stella found in the Mayan empire, Quiriguá is a small UNESCO World Heritage site smack dab in the middle of a massive banana plantation. Looking at the map it’s impossible to imagine just how many bananas are produced here…millions? billions? The sea of bananas stretches farther than the eye can see and the harvest is continual.
Los Amates, Izabel, Guatemala, 2011.