Exploring the ruins

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the ruins

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.

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  So we joined forces and found a shuttle that runs to the Guatemalan border.  At the border a couple of interesting things happened.  As we were clearing the border, Tim went first.  When the border guard ask for the crossing border fee, he told her that he had already paid and should not have to pay again.  When she insisted, he asked for a receipt, which she could not produce.  So in a huff she threw his passport back at him.  Well, i was not about to pay after that, so i tried the same thing with the same result, she threw my passport back at me.  And this also worked when we were entering Guatemala, the border guards dont particularly like us when we do it, but it saves you some money.  I was told that this is a scam the border guards try to pull on everyone entering and exiting the country, but i have not verified this claim.
scanning or posing?
  So if you try this, good luck and let me know how it went.

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.

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  I saved 3US for a very uncomfortable, long ride, thanks Tim.  The slow bus ride was excellent.  I got to see the houses made of mud roll by at a leisurely pace.  Another pleasant surprise, a lady got on the bus with a live chicken in a plastic bag.  Just the chicken's neck was popping out of the bag, i guess so it could see out the window.  I also got to eat one of the worst things i ever put in my mouth.  A lady came on selling empanadas in a basket.  When i asked what was inside the empanada, she helpfully pulled apart the tortillas with her fingers that she was collecting the money with.  Now i am no germaphobe or anything, but come on, have you seen the money down there?

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.

 

 

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the ruins
the ruins
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more ruins
scanning or posing?
scanning or posing?
one of the kings
one of the kings
original paint
original paint
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the detail is amazing
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hey look, more ruins
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