Sep 10, 2006
??? ??, 2007
. A friendly guy approached us out of the blue, started telling us the history of the place and ushering us around, then at the very end of the spontaneous tour told us he was a guide and expected us to pay him. We gave him a small tip (which he looked unhappy with) and explained that we didnīt ask for guide service, and he should have told us he was working as a guide up front. Weirdo. In the evening, we were thrilled to pick up clean, fresh-smelling clothes from the laundromat and tried a national food of "pupusas." These are basically soft corn tortillas filled with your choice of cheese, chicken, beans, squash, hotdog, or salami. Matt elicited some strange looks from the waitress by ordering a "mixta" of chicken and beans together. We decided that pupusas make the cut for the good food list. Internet, reading, and showers rounded out the evening.
We spent most of the day traveling from Quirigua to Copan Ruinas in Honduras. Crossing the border, we were a bit wary when the Honduran official would not stamp our entry into the country, saying that new agreements as of this July allowed people traveling in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua to use the same 90 day visa for the four countries. We tried to get him to stamp it anyway, just for a "recuerdo" but to no avail. We took a microbus to the nearby town of Copan Ruinas, quaint and of course touristy, and found a very nice hotel for next to nothing. Then we explored, scoping restaurants for dinner and going on an epic hunt for book exchanges. Amazing how there are so many books, and 99.9% of them are unreadable...The next morning we had a delicious breakfast and even more delicious locally produced coffee, then walked the kilometer to the archeological site of Copan, one of our favorites with lots of intracately carved stelae and facades. We walked a couple of kilometers further down the road to visit one of Copanīs satellite villages called Las Sepulturas