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Copán

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  • Day38

    Copán Ruinas

    June 1 in Honduras

    This is a nice little mountain town with some very old ruins. Another Mayan settlement, but this one has a nice back drop of hills. There is some cool history about the place, which you can google, but Copan was known for its intricate hieroglyphics and carvings. It also has a tonne of macaws here and Lowland Pacas, which is like a massive guinea pig. They are rebuilding a lot of it, so or not all original, but good to see. I had the place to myself for an hour, just managed to leave before the 400 school kids came in!
    A good little stop off on the way to Antigua, Guatemala.q
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  • Day21

    Off we go in the dark

    January 23, 2017 in Honduras

    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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  • Day22

    Honduras in a day!

    January 24, 2017 in Honduras

    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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  • Day22

    Gory!

    January 24, 2017 in Honduras

    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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  • Day361

    Honduras

    August 29, 2017 in Honduras

    Bis jetzt habe ich ein kleines Detail über Honduras verschwiegen, es ist eines der gefährlichsten Länder der Welt. Woran man das festmachen kann? Zum Beispiel an der Mordrate. Hier kommen auf 100.000 Personen 90 Morde, zum Vergleich in Deutschland sind es 0,8. Dies liegt vor allem an extremer Bandenkriminalität, die wiederum durch Armut und Perspektivlosigkeit entsteht.
    Das Ganze ist außerhalb der Großstädte aber kaum zu spüren, wo es kaum anders zugeht, als in anderen Ländern. Copan ist dank der Maya Ruinen und dem Tourismus ein schönes Beispiel.
    Um auch noch zu einem letzten Thema zu springen, nun das Wetter. Jahreszeiten gibt es hier nicht, dafür Tageszeiten. Morgens wolkenfrei mit Sonne, mittags ziehen Wolken auf und nachmittags setzen tropische Regenfälle ein. Die haben es durchaus in sich. In kürzester Zeit können Mengen an Regen runter, für die in Deutschland ein Brennpunkt geschaltet würde. Solche Mengen machen auch ein Abwassersystem (für Regen) überflüssig, da es sicher chronisch verstopft wäre.
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  • Day8

    Mieses Karma ? Verflucht ?

    January 20, 2017 in Honduras

    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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  • Day36

    Copan Ruinas

    February 1, 2017 in Honduras

    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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  • Day17

    Copan

    February 20 in Honduras

    Hallihallo, wir sind gut in Honduras angekommen. Die erste Grenzüberquerung lief reibungslos und ohne Probleme.
    Die Ruinen waren großartig. 10.000 Eindrücke und 1.000 Bilder später, fällt es mir schwer das Ganze in Worte zu fassen. Eine sehr beeindruckende Maja-Stätte mit wenig Touristen und vielen erhaltenen Reliefs und Statuen.
    Morgen geht es weiter auf die Insel Utila.

  • Day1

    Municipio Copán Ruinas

    February 25 in Honduras

    Copán Ruinas es un municipio ubicado en el noroeste del departamento de Copán en la República de Honduras.

    La fundación de la localidad esta ligada al centro arqueológico homónimo de Copán, seguidamente fue fundada una aldea aledaña a dicho centro arqueológico.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Copán, Copan, RUY, Копан

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