12.11.08 Quirigua Ruins, Guatemala to Copan, Honduras
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12.11.08 Quirigua Ruins,
What a terrific day! Weâ€™re into our version of Survivor
We tipped the night watchman on our way out and he seemed surprised and pleased. The Quirigua Ruins were a delightful place to overnight and we want other RVâ€™ers to be welcome there in the future.
We followed our notes and stopped at a wonderful little roadside stand for fresh pineapple smoothies. Delicious! Unfortunately, Jazy had an upset stomach throughout the night and was still not up for eating, and Charles didnâ€™t want one, so Lia and I enjoyed the fresh snack. Given our lack of food in the RV, fruits are a welcome treat.
We drove for a few hours and with a few direction confirmations from helpers along the way, made the cutoff road for the La Florida border. We changed $75
Also, I had the exact $30
We did have to pay $1 and then $3 (per person each
Anyway, within about 45 minutes start to finish (and we were rather casual about the whole thing), we were on our way into
Copan Ruines is only 10 kms from the border. If you think the sign to Copan Ruines means that the Ruins themselves are that way, then you would be as confused as me. The TOWN is called Copan Ruines and the Ruins are called â€ś
So instead of going AROUND town, we ended up on tiny, narrow cobblestone streets so small that Iâ€™m sure we were within a fraction of an inch from Ciaoâ€™s sides in places. Weâ€™d long ago pulled in both mirrors. One time a trucker had to direct us through, it was so incredibly tight. Another time we had to pull forward, then reverse, and forward again to make a left turn. People were helpful and usually patient. It was nerve-wracking primarily because I really didnâ€™t know if weâ€™d physically fit. I was really mad later when I found out that it was all so unnecessary, and that I could have bypassed it all! Ugh! If there is a GPS card for
Anyway, we survived that ordeal with relatively good humor and arrived a kilometer out of town at the famous Texaco station where RVâ€™ers since the beginning of travel in
We enjoyed the
As we were walking back to our RV, we were joined by a very nice Copan Tour Guide, who asked if we needed a place to park the motorhome and offered his land across the road. In fact, he has been working for the past month building a campground, suitable for RVâ€™s and tents. We were intrigued and walked across the street, directly opposite the ruins and Texaco to see the site. The boys were indeed working, moving dirt and fixing things up.
The campground will be terrific within a few months! There is a nice, level grassy area at the top of a short hill, through a gate and secure behind a fence. We are plugged into electric and it is just 120 limpira ($6.50
The best was yet to come! They had 2 daughters, age 14 and 15, both born in
We had so much fun with them! They accompanied us in tuk-tuk taxis (I must get one of these 3-wheeled little cars!) to town and showed us where to use the ATM for limperas and to eat dinner. We insisted that they eat with us. Just talking with them about life in
Then we tuk-tuked back to camp where their Dad and brother started a nice campfire. We pulled out our Mexican multi-colored marshmallows and everyone enjoyed roasting them. We showed the kids inside the RV and they showed Jazy, Charles and Lia their rooms. Jazy got her nails painted. Some of the kids played a rowdy game of tag. There are puppies here that they enjoy. Good fun times!
Their Mom and Dad were intrigued with the GPS and I enjoyed showing the Nuvi 650 to them. The locations in
Another issue is water. They have a large cistern (I forget itâ€™s name here) that holds enough water so that when the cityâ€™s water supply is shut off for days at a time without warning (due to dirty water from too much rain, or some other issue), they have water for use. It can be challenging for them. The water is not potable and they drink bottled water.
School is through Grades 1 to 10 and the 15-year-old is starting her training for Nurse already. She will have 2 years of school and then 2 years of unpaid community service, but sheâ€™ll then be ready to work as a professional. You must be 18 to get a driverâ€™s license here, but most people do not own cars. The tuk-tuk was just 10 limpira per person to run into town ($.55
We were told that we should buy something like â€śTinytomalâ€ť for Jazyâ€™s stomach. She ate well at dinner, but it would be great to have on hand. Jonna also advised something in
This is a beautiful country with rolling mountains covered in lush trees and sweet, clean air. The people again seem very friendly and kind. The
Weâ€™ll go at 8:30 am and since it is on our road north, weâ€™ll head on after that. I would *really* like to stay to enjoy his motherâ€™s massage- she is a massage therapist in town (who trained the therapist at the Hot Springs Spa), but time marches on and we want to see as much as possible of
We are now delighted that Texaco said â€śNo.â€ť to overnighting. Otherwise, weâ€™d have never known about this terrific new camping option with such a nice family! We will be sad to leave this wonderful family tomorrow.