Here to see Copan - UNESCO Heritage site!!

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

 We left Guatemala on a minvan stuffed full of tourists at 4am, why did we take a tourist minivan we hear you say?! Well, if we took the usual chicken buses we would have had to change three times, and may have not made it there in a day - all to save a dollar difference! So in we jumped, still sleepy in the dark and left the city of Antigua.

Unusually for a tourist van, we did not get kicked out halfway through the journey or have to change buses elsewhere, instead the driver made it to Guatemala city in an hour, picked up another passenger, stopped briefly for bathrooms and coffee just outside of Chiquimula and then made the journey speedily to the border.
We paid our border fees and into Honduras we went, the town of Copan Ruinas was only 10 minutes or so from the border and we were in town, in a room by 11am.

That afternoon we walked about 1.5kms outside of the town to the ruins site. We had read so many great things about Copan that when we arrived, shocked by the 15USD per person fee to get in, we paid it happily as we were ready to be amazed.

Maybe if we had paid extra for the tunnels, extra for the museum and extra for a guide we would have enjoyed it. But we are sorry to say, that we enjoyed Teotihuacan more than we enjoyed Copan. It was so very hot and humid, it was way overpriced and the ruins were nothing special. Many of the beautiful stelae that CÚpan is famous for is only visible in the museum which requires an extra fee, most of those on show were replicas!!
The one thing we did enjoy there though was that Hieroglyphic staircase - that was impressive, extremely beautiful and being researched into as we speak. Basically, it is a tall pyramid and the steep stairs that lead to the top are decorated in hieroglyphics, we sat for a while marvelling at that.

At the entrance where you show your ticket there were numerous Macaws in the trees and sitting on the fence, I think that we both took more pleasure in watching these colourful birds that in the ruins!

That evening the rain came down really hard, we ran out in the rain to find what time the buses left the next morning to San Pedro Sula and then ate a delicious dinner in an authentic restaurant, there was a lady making tortillas in the forefront of the restaurant, the food was divine.

Next morning, once again we were up early and on our way to San Pedro Sula.

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AlinMatt
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rrwineguy
rrwineguy on

Copan Ruinas - Fantastic
As a world traveler and writer, I was surprised that AlinMatt did not appreciate the Copan ruins as much as I did. I was there in September. Days were warm to hot, but not overwhelming. To experience the mounds of debris that remain to be excavated compared to those that have been restored presents a fine opportunity to evaluate the (trite) 'ravages of time'.
I thought that the $15 was worth the visit - I went back the next day and paid it again.

Yes, many of the carvings are replicas, but the originals have been preserved in the nearby museum or the museum in the center of the wonderful village of Copan. These pieces of art have not been cared for since they were carved between 300 AD and 900 AD. They deserve TLC.

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