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A quick visit to Copan

Location: Copan, Honduras

From Antigua in Guatemala we thought we might as well do a quick detour down to the Mayan ruins in Copan Honduras, and then try and work our way back into Guatemala by the coastal route.

17 Aug 2006, 1:32PM

Whilst Palenque had grand pyramids, this place is more known for its rock carvings like this known as stelae.

17 Aug 2006, 1:36PM

The ruins of Copan are another Mayan ruin which sit just across the Honduran border. They´re similar to Palenque in that they are set in a dense humid jungle country.

17 Aug 2006, 1:56PM

The back of the ball court.

17 Aug 2006, 1:54PM

The place also has a ball court which was a game the Mayans played where the winer was said to be sacrificed - apparently that is a good thing as to be sacrificed was revered!

17 Aug 2006, 2:31PM

More stelae.

17 Aug 2006, 1:58PM

Nice arch construction.

17 Aug 2006, 3:11PM

The pyramids have a number of caves underneath but you can only get access to two although it costs more to get in...less if you speak to the guards nicely!

17 Aug 2006, 2:42PM

The forrest has no respect, but features like this kinda make you feel like you are seeing it as it was found - overgrown.

17 Aug 2006, 3:34PM

Great detail on the outside stelae.

17 Aug 2006, 3:27PM

Hard to take good photos in the tunnels, but the walls have a series of stucco features including this mask which are original and in good condition.

19 Aug 2006, 11:54AM

Back on the Guatemalan side and another chicken bus but this time with a one eyed driver and reggaeton blasting out of the stereo speakers right above our heads - this bus taking us from a road intersection after the border to (almost!) Rio Dulce.

19 Aug 2006, 10:38AM

The chicken bus that took us from Omoa to the Honduran border with a relieved Jodes having escaped the clutches of a drunk baggage assistant at 8am in the morning!