Day trip to Copan ruin in Honduras

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Entrance of Copan Ruin

I canceled spanish class on Wednesday and reserved day trip tour to Copan ruin in Honduras.

  • 4:00am    supposed to be picked up, but delay is normal here
  • 4:50am    be picked up   13 passengers on 11 seaters van - it's normal, too
  • 11:00am  border of Guatemala & Honduras  (passport check, pay fees)
  • 11:30am  Finally got to Copan ruin - we had only 1:30 hours to explore the ruin !
  • 1:00pm    left the Ruin
  • 3:00pm-5:00pm   Driver disappeared. all passenger were left on the way   ....missing action
  • 8:00pm    came back to Antigua   

Copan ruin is designated as world heritage site in 1980 for it's lavish Mayan cluture, rich stone sculptures and intricate hieroglyphs.

There are variety of animals, such as large parrots, guinea pigs, and monkeys in the ruins.  The size of the ruin is relatively small 24 sq km that visitors can explore easily.  The principal group is consist of 5 areas - Aclopolis, Tunnels, Ball court, Great plaza, and most attractive Hieroglyphic Stairway - 63 steps and several thousand glyphs tell the history of the royal house of Copan and is the longest known text of ancient mayan civilization.

It was day trip from Guatemala to Honduras, and it was not enough to know Honduras. Since I joined the most inexpensive tour, we had to share small van with bunch of people with lugguage. The driver had to pick up / drop off people at many stops. In the morning, there was 15 people, but everybody went to different destination. Only 2 people stayed to get to Copan ruin.  In returning, more people got on Van.  On the half way, one couple had a trouble by misconnecting bus, so driver left other 12 passengers without telling anything. We were left 2 hours.What a tour, right ? When I got back to Antigua, I realized that I was so exausted and had a neck pain due to long driving on the rough road in packed small van.    

Overall, it was great experience to reminds me of my younger backpaking era.

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Entrance of Copan Ruin
Entrance of Copan Ruin
Aggressive parrot
Aggressive parrot
jejeje feel good
jejeje feel good
turtle
turtle
under renovation
under renovation
Hieroglyphic Stairway
Hieroglyphic Stairway
Plaza
Plaza
view from the top of ruin
view from the top of ruin
tunnel
tunnel
lion..
lion..
missing teeth dragon
missing teeth dragon
Japan helpt $2million for ruin pre…
Japan helpt $2million for ruin pr…
Tuk tuk with Vina(live in Panama)
Tuk tuk with Vina(live in Panama)
are these lugguage safe? good luck!
are these lugguage safe? good luck!
Border
Border
13 passengers on 11seaters
13 passengers on 11seaters
driver left passengers for 2 hours
driver left passengers for 2 hours