Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa

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Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa boasts important Indian statues and art. There are numerous large stone heads, carved in relief, scattered all over the cane fields around Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa. The heads are the ritual remnants of the Pipils, a non-Mayan Indian culture that has connections with the Nahuatl-speaking tribes of central Mexico. It is not known why the heads were placed there or how the Pipils got there.

There are three sugar cane fincas (ranches or plantations), where most of the stone heads can be seen. Finca Bilbao includes numerous stone sculptures, hidden among the cane. Finca El Baúl lies on a hilltop and apart from the ancient ritual features, it is still used as a place of worship nowadays. Finca de Ilusiones has an exhibition of hundreds of objects that have been found in the cane fields, over a period of centuries.

There are several hotels and restaurants in Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa. The city lies on Guatemala's Pacific Slope, 60 southwest of Guatemala City.


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