Copan, the Ruines and the Peace Corps...

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Al doing first aid on Maree at the Hostel don Moses.

We arrived quite late in Copan after a full´s day travel from Utila... ferries, buses and waiting rooms.  Stepping out of the bus terminal we were swamped by tuk tuk drivers trying to offer their services, which is always overwhelming.  In the swarm of touts Maree took a wrong footing off the side walk and twisted the arch of her foot causing her to fall over in pain.  Maree is the only person I know who truely lives up to the title of "Calamity Jane".  Once Al - being our resident first aider - had checked her over and decided that we´d hold off taking her to the hospital, we climbed in to two tuk tuks and headed for the hostel - Mansana Verde.

The view from the roof of the Hostel don Moses.

We were almost the only people at the hostel, which was actually quite nice with large clean rooms.  The two other people in our room where shall we say interesting... the one guy was a weaselly little man from Quebec in Canada who managed to irritate us all within minutes with his random statements, strange questions and weird comments.  The other guy was with the Peace Corps and informed us that all Peace Corps workers within Honduras were arriving in Copan for their annual Halloween weekend party i.e. drunk american mayhem.

Due to the arrival of 150 Peace Corps workers our hostel was full for the remainder of the weekend, so we got up early to find a new place to stay and ended up at a slightly older venue called Hostel don Moses.

Mayan ruins.
  We moved our stuff across with Al managing Maree´s backpack as well as his own in order to try help keep the weight off Maree´s foot.  Once settled we went across the road to Via Via for a late breakfast, and we actually returned to Via Via later that evening for the first Peace Corps event with live music.  I have to say I felt a bit old sitting there at the table drinking rum and coke and watching all these 20 somethings downing their drinks and dancing like crazy people. 

The following morning Al, Maree and me got up early to head down to the Copan Ruins, catching a tuk tuk to get there - ensuring we arrive before the opening at 8am.  We were the first to enter the ruins and it was incredible to be the only people walking around these spectacular ruins.  As we walked along we were met by some noisy Macaws - my first sighting in Central.

The cheekiest macaw.
  Macaws are gorgeous and mostly bright red with some yellow and blue under their wings, noticeable especially when they fly - they do make a big big racket though.  We also saw these little critters which sort of look like very large rats, known as an Agouti.  I was trying to get a close up photo of one of these little guys and ended up standing on the home of some biting ants who swarmed my shoe and bit my ankles - damn those little buggers hurt.

The ruins themselves were actually a lot bigger than I had anticipated and were very well maintained.  We spent a few hours wondering around the ruins and climbing up anything that didn´t have a ´please don´t climb´ sign.  As with any ancient architecture they were impressive and magestic and made you wonder about life back in the day of the ancient Mayan people.

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Al doing first aid on Maree at the…
Al doing first aid on Maree at th…
The view from the roof of the Host…
The view from the roof of the Hos…
Mayan ruins.
Mayan ruins.
The cheekiest macaw.
The cheekiest macaw.
The main square in Copan held litt…
The main square in Copan held lit…
Walking around the main square in …
Walking around the main square in…
Walking around the main square in …
Walking around the main square in…
Walking around the main square in …
Walking around the main square in…
Walking around the main square in …
Walking around the main square in…
Walking around the main square in …
Walking around the main square in…
Sitting at Via Via watching the ra…
Sitting at Via Via watching the r…
The Copan Ruins - waiting to get o…
The Copan Ruins - waiting to get …
Al checking out the map of Mayan R…
Al checking out the map of Mayan …
A model of the Copan ruins.
A model of the Copan ruins.
The key for the model
The key for the model
Heading down to the ruins.
Heading down to the ruins.
The Copan ruins are also a nature …
The Copan ruins are also a nature…
The nature trail.
The nature trail.
My first macaw!  This little guy w…
My first macaw! This little guy …
A macaw in the tree.
A macaw in the tree.
A macaw in the tree.
A macaw in the tree.
An overview of the ruins.
An overview of the ruins.
Our first sight of the ruins.
Our first sight of the ruins.
A close up of a small ruin.
A close up of a small ruin.
The elusive aguti.
The elusive aguti.
The Great Plaza.
The Great Plaza.
Info on the Great Plaza.
Info on the Great Plaza.
Scenic shot of the ruins.
Scenic shot of the ruins.
Me at the ruins.
Me at the ruins.
One of the totems found around the…
One of the totems found around th…
Another mayan totem.
Another mayan totem.
Another mayan totem.
Another mayan totem.
This statue looking like a big tur…
This statue looking like a big tu…
Another mayan totem.
Another mayan totem.
Close up of a face on one of the t…
Close up of a face on one of the …
Mayan ruins.
Mayan ruins.
Info on the excavations.
Info on the excavations.
Al exploring the jungle!
Al exploring the jungle!
Mayan ruins.
Mayan ruins.
Mayan ruins.
Mayan ruins.
Info on the hieroglyphic stairway.
Info on the hieroglyphic stairway.
Info on the hieroglyphic stairway.
Info on the hieroglyphic stairway.
The famous hieroglyphic stairway -…
The famous hieroglyphic stairway …
Close up of the hieroglyphic stair…
Close up of the hieroglyphic stai…
Close up one of the dyansties on t…
Close up one of the dyansties on …
Me exploring one of the ruins.
Me exploring one of the ruins.
Me exploring one of the ruins.
Me exploring one of the ruins.
Me posing... lol.
Me posing... lol.
Mayan ruins.
Mayan ruins.
Info of the ruins.
Info of the ruins.
Close up of one of the carvings on…
Close up of one of the carvings o…
A bird at the ruins that we tried …
A bird at the ruins that we tried…
I do love my big trees.
I do love my big trees.
What a cool tree!
What a cool tree!
The Ceiba is the Honduran national…
The Ceiba is the Honduran nationa…
The Ceiba tree.
The Ceiba tree.
A sneaky pic of the ruins through …
A sneaky pic of the ruins through…
Overlooking the ruins.
Overlooking the ruins.
Me looking out over the ruins.
Me looking out over the ruins.
The ruins.
The ruins.
An image of Mayans and the ruins.
An image of Mayans and the ruins.
More ruins...
More ruins...
Maree taking photos of the ruins.
Maree taking photos of the ruins.
A close up of some carvings.
A close up of some carvings.
The arena.
The arena.
Looking at the ruins through the j…
Looking at the ruins through the …
Me at the ruins.
Me at the ruins.
Ruins.
Ruins.
Me at the ruins.
Me at the ruins.
Close up of a macaw.
Close up of a macaw.
Close up of a macaw.
Close up of a macaw.
Aguti close up.
Aguti close up.
An aguti with its baby running aw…
An aguti with it's baby running a…
The aguti close up the caused me t…
The aguti close up the caused me …
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photo by: Biedjee