Copan Ruinas town

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"the most magnificent stela" according to the Rough Guide. Eighteen Rabbit in the ceremonial Maize God skirt, bejeweled arms and intricate headdress.

We arrived yesterday morning in Copan Ruinas town after a long and crowded minibus ride.  I think our max speed was 40 mph and at one point we were carrying about 40 or 45 people in a bus with seats for about 20.  Good times.  Copan Ruinas is a nice little town.  We wandered about and did some internetting and decided to go to the ruins in the late afternoon after the sun came out. 

Here are a few pictures of the ruins.  They are famous for having the best preserved stelae carvings of all the Mayan sites.  Most of the stelae depict a ruler named Eighteen Rabbit, who seemed to be a little bit in love with himself.

The ball court at Copan. The heads on the top of the ramp area are macaw heads
  There is also a huge staircase of heiroglyphic blocks.  Unfortunately, when it was uncovered in the 30s, the archaeologists didn't know what the glyphs meant and didn't think anyone would ever know, so they didn't take any care in putting the glyph stones in the order they were found, so now it's mostly just jibberish.  

NEXT DAY UPDATE

The 10:30 a.m. bus out of Copan was full, so we ended up wandering around the city until the 2 pm bus....and buying pots.  Now Beau and I are each carrying around 2 large black and white ceramic pots.  Perhaps not the most convenient of souvenirs.  We are planning to make lamps out of them if they survive the next month. 

We also discovered last night a very tasty Honduran appetizer called anafre.  It's like fondue, except refried beans are melted in with the cheese and it's served with tortilla chips instead of bread.   We had another pot of it before boarding the bus. 

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the most magnificent stela accor…
"the most magnificent stela" acco…
The ball court at Copan. The heads…
The ball court at Copan. The head…
The heiroglyphic staircase, with a…
The heiroglyphic staircase, with …
The entrance to a sacred chamber w…
The entrance to a sacred chamber …
scary lizard carving by one of the…
scary lizard carving by one of th…
Temple 11, with 8 small doors that…
Temple 11, with 8 small doors tha…
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