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  • Day22

    The 4am start was to ensure that we don't get stuck in traffic in Guatemala City which can take three hours.

    Last night I ended up going back to the restaurant where we had dinner the night before indulging in a glass of red with some bread as I sat in a window seat watching the passing parade. The street is still closed to traffic - must be a weekend thing.

    Our tour guide is much better than the last which is a welcome relief from the previous one. This one gave us more information in the pre tour meeting than dopey had in the previous 15 days!

    I am in Honduras now! So far it looks like Guatemala.
    Ok except that there are alot of cowboy hats!

    The town we are staying in is close to the Mayan Copan ruins which we are seeing tomorrow. The town itself is lovely with cobbled streets and its so nice not to have all the pushy hawking. Also there are not many tourists.

    We drive an hour into the mountains to these amazing hotsprings set in the jungle. There are about 20 pools to soak in, lots of mud to smear all over us and stones to sit on near the hot water waterfall so its like a steam room. So relaxing and just what I needed. Also I skipped the awful lunch provided on the tour and got my own from the supermarket and also got a discount on the tour. This meant I had the springs all to myself for an hour! Bliss!

    Then off to the best restaurant in town where every tourist that is in town is eating in as well. Its nicely decorated and my simple meal of chicken salad and roast potatoes is the best I have had since leaving Sydney.
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  • Day140

    Does it count?

    As far as having been to Honduras goes, I'd say I haven't. But when customs asks me where I've been I'd have to say yes, as my passport tells me so. So it gets a footprint and you can feel free to post argumentative comments either way below (that's you Johnny, Jools and Scott).

    We were in Honduras for around six hours. Five hours and fourty minutes of that was spent on transport - two buses (excluding the one that broke down!) and a pick up. Eighteen of those were at customs upon exiting. And the final two were 'shopping'. Shopping for food. Which is more like running around trying to find something other than whole melons, green bananas or coca-cola with people yelling at you when you don't have time or ignoring you when you want something - all the while with one eye peeled to the bus you left your bag on to make sure it won't be the last time you see it.

    It was continuing off the back of the 4.5 hours we bused in El Salvador and somewhat nerve racking as we raced the clock - the Nicaraguan border closes at 6pm!

    We made it in the nick of time, thanks partly to some hasty driving from our driver in the ute, who valued timeliness much more than our lives. As we literally dived into the tray with our bags and sped off. The entire time all we wanted was to send a message to arrange a pick up on the other side of the Nicaraguan border. No wifi for the last few hours meant we needed to con a local into making a call, which we were able to do but the success of the call remained a mystery.

    Fortunately after much faffing by the border staff (seriously, I cannot fathom what difficulty they face when their job is to scan an E-passport!?) we made it to Nicaragua. We were panicking as to how we would progress from here (its pretty isolated at El Espiño) when Brian from Somoto Canyon Tours emerged from the fading light to offer us a ride to our cabins. We were so grateful! I lay in the tray on top of our bags in the cooling breeze, rushing towards our cabins and so glad for that day to be over!

    In summary, it was one car, four buses, two pick up trucks, two border crossings and three countries for a grand distance of only 360 kilometres in a fatiguing 12 hours. Job done. Game on Nicaragua!
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  • Day23

    Disappointed we didn't spend more time in Honduras but I guess you can't do everything.

    They used to drive to the coast but the tour buses kept on getting robbed! So you have to fly and given that, the company decided to go to a beach resort in El Salvador instead.

    What we did was great though.
    The hot springs and the Copan ruins.

    Got up early and wandered around the town which was nice and peaceful at that hour and watched all the street businesses setting up.

    I went on a guided tour of the ruins which I won't do again - three hours of non stop talking - way too much information. I'd rather google the information I am interested in and wander around the ruins in my own time.

    There were not many people there and it would have been so peaceful except for the non stop talking. But he was just doing his job and was very passionate about it.

    Then back to town for lunch in last night's restaurant. I didn't have much time so I ordered to go. They said 10 minutes but I thought more like 25 minutes. Close it was 30 minutes. Then a mad rush up a hill to the hotel for our departure to El Salvador.

    I spoke to the restaurant owner, who I thought had to be a westerner for the quality of the food, the menu and the decor. He has been in Honduras for 15 years and sounded american. He also has a little hotel attached to the restaurant and runs tours! He said his main business comes from middle class Hondurians and that he tries to pay more than the average wage.
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  • Day23

    These are photos from the Copan mayan ruins in Honduras. They are not as big as others but they are renown for the number of statutes that were found there.

    In the fourth photo you can see the restored section on the left and on the right how it was before restoration.

    Had to include another annoying selfie and notice the hat has made a comeback!

    The big round stone was where the human sacrifices were made. You can see at the top where the head goes and as you were decapitated the blood would run down the grooves in the sides.

    Only the nobles were sacrficed as it was a great honor and you turned into a god. The male nobles had concubines and had a pretty good life until sacrifice time! To select the person they played a game which went on for days. I wonder if some lost on purpose! If I won by some miracle I think I would be saying sure but just let me 'walk the dog' one last time!
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  • Day36

    According to Lonely Planet Honduras is still known as the "Bad Boy" in the Central American hood. A lot of travelers skip it completely but I at least wanted to catch a glimpse of it.
    I was meeting a friend from Germany here who should join me for the next two weeks to travel El Salvador.
    I arrived in Copan on Tuesday and knew I was staying here for 4 nights as Sebastian would not arrive before Thursday and we wanted to visit the ruins together on Friday before heading to El Salvador on Saturday.
    I was really hoping Copan and the hostel I was staying would be nice. Otherwise it would have been a long stay there. But luckily I did like it a lot.
    I actually felt even more safe here than in Antigua walking the streets by night.
    People were really friendly and lots of the guys hanging around the Parque Central were wearing Cowboy Hats with Jeans and a proper Shirt - it made them look pretty dressed up to protect the city.
    I did go on a horseback ride around the area. It was really nice and as it was just me and my guide I could decide where to go and how fast - he even gave me his horse because it was faster :)
    We went to a small indigenous village and some smaller ruins. I the end we went to a fancy hotel which had amazing views over the area.
    I spend the rest of my days here exploring the little town and hanging out with some nice people from the hostel. There were a few nice places like "The tea and chocolate place" which sold homemade chocolates and other stuff. The hot chocolate was amazing!
    Thursday Sebastian showed up and Friday afternoon Sandy (who I had met before in San Ignacio, Belize and Livingston, Guatemala) joined us to travel to El Salvador together.
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  • Day38

    The ruins of Copan were probably not as big and impressive as Tikal or some of the ruins in Mexico but what was really nice was that there were not that many people around. You could just walk to the ruins from town with 10 minutes and then it was a nice stroll through trees filled with macaws.
    Also the ruins had a lot more sculptures and hieroglyphic carvings. Unfortunately a lot was reconstructed and the originals are in the museum at the visitor center (which we skipped).

    There were some more ruins of residential buildings a bit further down the road. On my map it looked like you could take the "nature trail" to get there. So we took this trail till we ended at a wired fence. But as it should be the right way we just found a hole in the fence and kept on walking. We followed a path along the river through high grass. Probably not the best idea in a country with a reputation like Honduras but the map still showed we were on the right way. We climbed through two more fences and crossed some fields till we finally made it to the final fence protecting the ruins. But this ruins were part of our ticket and as we had made it that far we decided not to look for a proper entrance but just slide under another fence to get inside. The ruins were nice but the bigger adventure was really probably how we got there. We never figured out if the was a proper way connecting the two sites and on the way back we sticked to the road instead of trying again.
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  • Day9

    Weiter geht's von Guatemala nach Honduras,so weit so gut..Kim wurde schon auf der Fahrt krank (Magen,Kopf,alles). Einmal übergeben am nächsten Tag hat geholfen. Aber dann ging's erst richtig los, mit komischen Ereignissen bei uns beiden.
    - irgendwas spitzes hat sich beim Transport durch Regenhülle, Rucksack selbst und meine Jeans, bis in die Schuhsohle gebohrt - da kommt Freude auf ➡ Wer läuft dann wohl die nächsten 3 Monate mit Loch in der Jeans rum 🙋

    Kurz danach ins Bad gegangenen, ich schwöre,ich bin unschuldig...Hatte nur eine Hand aufm Waschbeckenrand liegen,auf einmal buuuummm. Das war's wohl mit unserm Waschbecken. Erstaunlicherweise selber nichts davon abbekommen, trotzdem erst mal fast geweint,aber vor lachen !
    Unser Tourguide daraufhin mit den Leuten vom Hotel gequatscht, ist schon das 2.Mal in dem Zimmer passiert,also kein Ärger und nix bezahlen.

    - 2 Std später, auf der Seite des Piercings plötzlich super dicke Lippe. Blöd dass ich so gar nicht auf Botox stehe..
    - was zum kühlen geholt, wieder zurück zeigt mir Kim einen fetten rot-weißen Stich unterm Auge

    Nächsten Morgen um 4.40 Wecker geklingelt, vor der Abfahrt aber noch mal komische Sachen passiert:
    - Kim mit Nasenbluten aufgewacht
    - Meine Lippe auch immer noch super dick...
    - aufm Weg zum Bus gemerkt,dass mein Ring fehlt - kleiner Sprint am Morgen, vertreibt Kummer und Sorgen .. Ring gefunden, endlich raus aus diesem komischen Ort !!

    Von allen 375 Tagen, die ich schon unterwegs bin, waren das definitiv die merkwürdigsten 24Std !!

    Zimmer #27 im Brisas de Copan ➡ NIE WIEDER 😆
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