Copan Archeological Site and Horseback Adventure

Trip Start Feb 15, 2012
Trip End Feb 26, 2012

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Today we experience one of the highlights of our tour, an in-depth exploration of the ruins of Copan, one of the most important relics of the Mayan civilization. The site is famous for a series of portrait stelae depicting Mayan rulers – especially the 13th who was named 18 Rabbit and was responsible for much of what we see today.

There is a ball court, and many temples and structures which were built on top of other extensive ruins. After our main tour, four of us pay an optional admission fee to tour some tunnels which have been opened by archeologists to provide a glimpse of what lies beneath the grand structures above.

There is an excellent museum on the site which opened in the year 2000. It contains a replica of the colorful Rosalila Temple as well as many reconstructed facades from temples that had fallen into disrepair. The stone-work is amazing, as you will see in the photos.

After the tour of the site, our group divides in order to allow people to see different things. Most decide to visit the Macaw refuge, while one other person joins me on a horseback ride up into the hills to visit the ruins of a Mayan hospital and have lunch at the gorgeous Hacienda San Lucas. The trip is wonderful from beginning to end, and allows me a great opportunity to get to know a first-time Toto Tourist much better.

Returning to the hotel, I find that most of the group members have made a reservation for dinner at the same Hacienda where Peter and I have had lunch. I beg off and dine early with Ian so as to have more time to sort through the nearly 300 photos I took today and keep all of you posted. Packing up now to move on to the Atlantic coast tomorrow!
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