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  • Day228

    Die ersten Mayas

    June 25 in Honduras

    Es geht weiter wieder in die Berge von Karibischen Strand ging es nun nach Copan. Das kleine Dorf beherbergt die bekannteste Maya Ruine von Honduras, und wir haben sie besichtigt. In Honduras ist es mit Kulturgütern so wie in jedem Land bisher, die Einheimischen Zahlen einen fast lächerlichen Preis, aber die Touristen die werden schön zu Kasse gebeten es muss ja wieder hereinkommen was man andern nicht berechnet. Macht nix bei uns wäre das Diskriminierung und es gäbe direkt eine auf die Mütze dann würden sich nämlich alle Süd- und Mittelamerikaner ersteinmal beschweren und das Geschrei wäre groß. Nichts desto trotz, wir waren drin. Es begann mit einem Spaziergang von unserem Hotel ( ja Hotel da es keinen Stellplatz für den Bus gab, aber Dolly hat uns einen guten Preis raus gehandelt) durch das beschaulich süße Dorf von Copan. Nach anfänglichen Schwierigkeiten( wir sind etwas früh abgebogen) fanden wir den Eingang zu den Ruinen bezahlten die Gebür für das Museum und die eigentlichen Ruinen und gingen auf Entdeckungsreise. Auf dem Weg zur eigentlichen Ruine wollte sich dann noch ein Guide aufdrängen der allerdings ( laut seiner Aussage der einzige war der Deutsch spricht, das haben wir ihm dann mal geglaubt) nicht wie seine Profi Kollegen gekleidet und Ausgestattet war, so wurden wir kein Fang für ihn. Beim Betreten der Eingezäunten Ruinen Anlage begrüßten uns dann ersteinmal die bekannten Schreie der Aras ( welche das National Tier von Honduras sind und leider hier vom Aussterben bedroht, wobei man sich dan Fragen Muss wie das schon wieder funktioniert) welche hier ein geschütztes Refugium erhielten und man sich um die Zucht und den Erhalt kümmert. Auf unseren Wegen erklommen wir Maya Pyramiden, schritten vorbei an alten Tempeln, der größten Hieroglyphen Treppe im Maya Universum so wie diversen Plätzen und dem Ballplatz. Auch hier gibt es eine Besonderheit in Copan, man besaß den zweit größten im Reich, ( hier wurde der Wegbereitet für unsere heutige WM, ja nicht die Briten sonder die Mayas, wenn auch noch mit Blutigem Ausgang und anderen Spielregeln) hier bei wurde ein Gummiball mit Hüfte und Oberschenkeln in der Luft gehalten. Zu erwähnen wären da auch noch die Stelen das sind Stein Säulen mit den Reliefen der Könige dieser Maya Stadt ( besonders oft sah man den Herren den man 18 Kaninchen nannte aber auch Quallmender Affe und sein Vater Affen Puma oder so Ähnlich ( so genau hab ich da nicht hin gehört und verwirrend war es allemal) wurden ausgestellt in voller Pracht. Anfangs suchten wir noch die 18 Kaninchen von denen immer zu gesprochen wurde bis wir dann heraus fanden das das der König war. Und wenn wir schon bei Superlativen sind ( in Mittelamerika gibts davon ja nicht so viel, da waren die im Süden schneller) hier gab es wohl die Möglichkeit wahrscheinlich einen Platz zu fluten was dann evtl. Das Urwasser symbolisierte und diese Stadt zu einer Pilgerstätte( gar nicht so dumm da wurde sich schon früh um den Tourismus gekümmert) im Mayareich machte. Evtl. entstand daraus auch der Spitzname der Stadt Hao' Ha was aber vielleicht nur ein begeisterter ausschrei eines Pilger war, doch das werden wir wohl nie herausfinden reicht schon das man nicht sicher weiß obs überhaut so war. Nach diesen anstrengenden Erkenntnissen wurde dann noch der Flug der Aras( auch Macao und nicht von Schöller, oder rote große Papageien) beobachtet die ihre Flugkünste zur schau stellten. Nun lag die Entscheidung nahe im Örtchen eine Stärkung zu suchen, der Weg dorthin wurde durch eine Mototaxi fahrt( das sind dreirädrige Motorroller wie Piaggio Ape z.B.) abgekürzt und endete auf dem Marktplatz. Ein Frappe machte den Anfang, eine runde Fußball mit Mojito folgte um dann ein Mittagessen zu uns zu Nehmen. Es gab Pupusas ( gefüllte Teigtaschen mit Queso und eigentlich Bauchspeck oder Gemüse oder oder oder) und eine Art gefüllte Pfannkuchen in Herzhaft mit Bohnen Püree und Avocado und oder Ei gefüll ( der Name dieser Spezialität fängt mit B an und ist mir entfallen) was ich aber noch weiss die Soße aus Koriander, Zwiebel, Jalapenio, Salz und Essig hat hervorragend dazu gepasst. Nach dem die Anstrengung schon halb verdaut war genossen wir ein weiteres Getränk in einer anderen Bar( hier hat die Kellnerin uns die Getränke auf dem Kopf tragend serviert) bevor wir uns wieder auf den Weg machten zu einer Brauerei. Ja wieder ist richtig und erwähnt hatte ich es auch noch nicht, wir waren schon einmal dort (bei der Brauerei des Deutschen Jürgen) an diesem Tag doch es war nicht offen und sollte um 16 Uhr dann auf haben, hatte es aber nicht den wie wir feststellten war heute Ruhetag. Den Rest des Abends verbrachten wir in unserm Hotel mit einem Glas Rotwein zum Abschluss.Read more

  • 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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  • Day340

    V. CA Honduras/W1, 2d: Copán EN

    August 4, 2017 in Honduras

    Th, 03.08. Santa Ana, SV-Border Crossing- Copán Ruinas, HN
    As I was still doing the Ruta de las Flores in Santa Ana on Thursday and the shuttle only left late in the afternoon I spontaneously decided after a usual price calculation to take a shuttle to Copán (after the scenic one in Costa Rica my only second one). $25 first seemed to be quite a lot but the chicken buses would also already have cost me $15 plus I would have needed another night in Santa Ana as I would have had to start early in the morning - so moneywise it was about the same but the bus was for sure more comfortable and with roughly 5h also a lot quicker with 2 border crossings in total (the route was via Guatemala). Via Metapan we went to the border Anguiatu/La Ermita to Guatemala (there was again no stamp for El Salvador) and then to the border post of El Florido to Honduras. El Salvador and Guatemala were both without fees, Honduras charged again a $3 entrance fee.

    Welcome to Honduras! :)
    As one of the most interesting, inspiring and untouched countries in Central America this country unfortunately also counts amongst the most dangerous ones with the highest crime rate - it is the second poorest country after Nicaragua, with more than half of the population living below the poverty line and San Pedro de Sula in the North-West has only been classified as the most violent city in the world for the 3rd time in a row in 2015 - unfortunately you can't expect a lot of help from the police either. Both locals as well as guide books warn of taking buses which are frequently attacked especially in and around San Pedro Sula and the capital so that there are also soldiers in many buses - they advise to always take taxis to and from the terminals and not to use buses after dark - a big problem as you rely on them as a backpacker. The political and economical situation is unstable and the country faces constant violence of the drug gangs ('maras'). The capital is Tegucigalpa, currency Hondurian Lempira.
    As I am not interesting in diving (the Caribbean Bay Islands with Utila and Roatán are super for that and also really cheap) and also have to literally dance on a wedding in around 4 weeks' time ;) I thus decided to only visit the famous ruins of Copán and to eat myself 2-3 days through Honduras' specialities :P
    The day is best started with 'Licuado', a type of fruit smoothie often served with bananas and cereals and thus quite filling. Similar to all other countries lunch is again the better and cheaper option, especially in the comedores with rice, beans, tortilla and meat. The most popular street snacks (and due to its similarity to Pupusas quite nice) are 'Baleadas' - white-flour tortillas filled with beans, cheese and cream (or any other type you can possibly think of) but the best version is with avocado. Apart from that there are more rice-free specialities such as 'anafre' (cheese, beans or meat or everything together fondue), 'tapado' (vegetable stew often served with meat or fish), 'guisado' (spicy chicken stew), 'sopa de caracol' (slug stew with coconut milk, spices, potatoes and vegetables).
    The population is again quite Catholic and conservative, children usually stay close to their parents; though many of them move to the USA and send money back home nowadays. Hondurians are super friendly and in general quite happy about people willing to visit their country and enjoy telling where they are from. 80-90% are Ladino, a mixture of Spanish and Indigo with the rest being Indian minorities such as Maya Chorti in Copán.

    Copán Ruinas itself is a cute town with cobblestone streets, red-tiled roofs surrounded by green hills and is of course especially known for its proximity to the famous Copán Ruins. Despite all it is still untouched, quiet relaxing and apart from the main square with its church and archaelogical museum also offers many interesting hikes and a bird park in its surroundings.
    In spite of the shuttle we only arrived super late around 6:30pm and my first question about typical food immediately brought me to a local restaurant 'Buenas Baleadas' where I enjoyed the most typical dish here: Baleada sencilla - white-flour Tortilla filled with beans, cheese and cream; delicious but heavy and I definitively prefer the corn pupusas ;) I also had again a local experience with an elder Hondurian offering me parts of his typical food of tortillas, rice, beans, cheese and fried plaintains as well as telling me a lot about the country and its people ;)

    Fr, 04.08. Ruinas de Copán
    I directly went to the very popular but a bit remote Copán Ruins the next morning which are a World Heritage Site and the 2nd most visited destination in Honduras after the Bay Islands. They are surrounded by nice green hills and jungle mountains a 20min walk outside from Copán Town and were built between 250-900 AD, the Mayas main time with the highest urban density. It is one of the most interesting Maya sites - not in terms of size (Tikal in Guatemala and Chichén Itzá in Mexico are a lot bigger and more impressive) but rather due to its incredible artscraft having survived several centuries. It was once the most important city state of the Southern Maya world and also a lot bigger and more impressive than expected.
    To avoid the crowds, school classes and heat I started again quite early and was typical German with being at 8am as the first visitor in front of the gate - but thus was rewarded with cooler weather, shade and above all ruins without people :) I took my time and needed around 5h to see Plaza Central & Gran Plaza, El Juego de Pelota, La Escalinata Jeroglífica, Temple 11, Acrópolis, Popol-Na as well as East & West Court. I liked La Escalinata Jeroglífica the most, it is the longest inscripted staircase not only in the Mayan but in the whole world and the reason for the site having been added to the World Heritage. Only the first 15 steps are original, the rest (I counted 45 more) are stone repiclas. Based on the difficult language with 2 dialects and 800-1000 characters only the first 15 stairs have been translated. They are heavily protected, since the 70s the public is not allowed to walk on them anymore and a big canvas is used to protect it against weather such as sun and rain - btw, I got all this info for free by using my Spanish skills listening to all the teachers of the many school classes :P
    However, the best surprise were the many red and super noisy scarlet macaws, Honduras' national bird and together with the Quetzal very important in the Maya culture. They can be found in many Mayan pictures, stones and signs, the feathers of this sacred bird orned the hair of the wealthy people, were used as currency and represented with its many colours the God of the Sky between heaven and earth. Macaws stick to their partner for their whole life and can especially be found in the tropical forests from the South of Mexico until the Amazonas in South America.
    After that I still discovered a Nature Trail - a welcoming 30min hike following the Maya, super calm through forest with many butterflies and birds. Cacao represented the drink of the Gods in Mayan culture and was traded for jade, sea shells as well as Quetzal feathers. The famous Ceiba tree is a symbol for the tree of life - the roots go all the way to the underworld, the trunk represents the current world and the brenches stretch all the way to heaven.
    I then still read all the information and had a look at the handicrafts before enjoying super good delicious typical food amongst locals at some street stands. I had a Baleada with avocado for only L15 (55€ct) as well as Enchiladas, toasted corn tortillas with chicken, salad and cheese for only L10 (36€ct) - super yummy and I was taught by the locals how to properly eat them ;)
    Well filled up I then went to Las Selpturas around 1:30pm, over 100 buildings and 200 tombs incl priests and shaman 1.5km further East of Copán and with another nature or river trail along Río Copán also nice and shady.
    Back in town I went to the market, walked around the cobblestone streets and then only relaxed in the hammock after a super exhausting, a lot of stairs climbing but very interesting and nice day :)

    So far I thought I would rush a bit now but there are always worse cases :P
    On the shuttle I thus met 3 Norwegians visiting 8 countries in 4 weeks (!!!) from Colombia to Mexico; an American travelling from Copán to Antigua and from there immediately to Flores all the way up quite far in the north of the country (without visiting beautiful Antigua or doing sth there); but the absolute hit were a Dutch and British travelling around 10h with chicken buses from Santa Ana to Copán arriving around 5pm and already leaving around 7am the next morning to the Caribbean coast for another 10h - without even seeing the town and incredibly also skipping the main attraction of the ruins, totally crazy :P

    Due to a lack in time and security issues Honduras was only a quick stop for me - the landscapes were beautiful, the ruins impressive, the people nice helpful and I prefer Pupusas instead of Baleadas :) Financially I was with 19,33€/d able to stay below my daily budget of 33€/d.
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Copán, Copan, RUY, Копан

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