Recovering in Copan Ruinas

Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
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Trip End Sep 23, 2011


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Friday, September 10, 2010

The journey to Copan, Honduras began in Lago de Atitlan with a three hour journey back to Antigua. Then the plan was to take another bus to Copan so all in all the journey should have taken approximately 6 hours. However, as we are in Central America obviously it did not quite work out this way. Due to the mudslide in Guatemala there were major delays and the journey overall took 10 hours

On our way to Copan we had to drop 2 passengers off in Guatemala city which took 2 hours just to get out of the city. Guatemala city is dirty and dangerous and like all Latin America Cities is not very welcoming, to say the least. It was getting dark by this time so our arrival to Copan was getting later. Tom then informs me that the border crossing would close in a few hours and the thought of staying in Guatemala city was not appealing. I think the driver was aware of this time constraint as he was clearly putting our lives at risk trying to make up time. Not only was he overtaking cars but lorries too (not that extraordinary, especially not in Central America) but when he takes over 5 vehicles at a time on a narrow road high in the mountains your heart starts to beat a little faster when you see the headlights of upcoming cars heading towards you! Hollie fully believing that ignorance is bliss decided to try and sleep the entire journey (oblivious bear for a reason girls!). By the time we reached the border crossing for Honduras we were a little late but the guards eventually allowed us to pass through - so no stay in Guatemala City required! 

When we finally reached Copan the entire town was in darkness as a storm had wiped the electricity out. But seeing that the locals were carrying torches and candles this is not a rare occurrence. Luckily we had a torched at hand and managed to navigate through the town. Despite all the hassle we arrived in a rather nice hotel La Posade de Belssy, which we managed to find within a decent 30 minutes considering we were in pitch black. 

We were meant to go to Luna Jaguar Springs which is a Spa and Hot Spring Resort but as Hollie was ill with a sinus infection we could not. Our 3 nights here were spent in the hotel trying to recover so sorry for the lack of pictures. Whilst Hollie lay in bed resting I made the most of the rooftop pool and caught some rays whilst listening to the iPod. We ate at a particularly nice restaurant called Tangled Tanyas, but the 2 for 1 cocktails did not go down well with Hollie, but she assured me it was worth it. We ate the backpackers special which was a 3 course meal for $6 and it was all very very nice. From the balcony of the restaurant we got to see the Independence Day march go through the town and it was a good end to the night.

We decided not to go to Copan Ruins as we had seen Tikal, Chichen Itza and Palenque so we were all ruined out. After the weekend was over we got an early bus to reach The Bay Islands.
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