Exploring the ruins
Copan Travel Blog› entry 22 of 34 › view all entries
I woke up early to tour the ruins of Copan with Tim, a dude i met at the hostel the night before. The entry fee was 15US, and 7US for the museum, which was worth the extra fee because it explains what you will be looking at outside. Guides can be hired for 30US for 1 person or a large group it is the same price. Copan Ruins is world renowned for having the most detailed carvings of all the ruins in Central America. Some of the statues still have the original paint on them, quite amazing. The ruins were well kept, it truly felt like i was back in time, where i might possibly run into Jaguar Smoke or his grandson Smoke Smoke.
It turns out Tim is on the same path as me, one that leads back in to Guatemala City.
As we were preparing to get on a chicken bus, an express shuttle blew through and offered us a ride for a discounted price since we were already at the border. We agreed to the price, but our luggage in the van, and then Tim freaked. He started yelling and demanding our luggage back. They threw our luggage out of their moving vehicle, as i stood there in the dust wondering what just happened. Apparently, Tim didnt like where the shuttle would be dropping us off at in Guatemala City, what a douche.
It turns out, listening to Tim was a huge mistake. The chicken bus cost 9US and took seven and a half unglorious hours. The express shuttle cost 12US dollars and took half the time.
Tim was spot on, however, about the hostel and the location, Xemenek Hostel in Zone 10. The hostel was large and clean for 115Q per night for a shared dorm room and community bathroom. There was no water shut off and the showers were great. It came with a free breakfast of toast and tea. Tim knew some local girls, so he called them up and they met us out for drinks. Needless to say, i would have been better off dead. I went home sober and disappointed.