Blogs from Copán Ruinas, Western, Honduras, Central America Caribbean - page 6

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The house building is complete and Michele and I have had 4 days off to sightsee. First day was to climb Pacaya Volcano, which is active, the poor horse was pushed up the volcano by its kind owner. After all the hardwork the volcano was smoking but there was no eruption of lava! It was still however hot enough to toast marshmallows when we laid sticks over a deep hole, which caught fire and toasted the marshmallows!! Next was a trip to the Lakes - Lakes Atitlan and the small villages around the Lakes, these were all very cute and it was a lovely chilled day. We have just got back from the Copan Ruins in Honduras. The ruins are magnificent and it is so hard to appreciate the expanse that the Mayan village would have ... read more
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I really need to try & stay up late one of these nights so I won't wake up at 6am.... with the Honchos of the area. Last night was noisy. The parties lasted until well into the morning. I'm glad there's only one Saturday night in the week. Such old fogies. This morning we cleaned up, packed up, kept the streak alive & headed to the ruins. First we had to have some free coffee. Love a hostal that gives you free coffee. For breakfast we went a little healthier & had some toasty o's with chocolate milk (solely because it's kept in the fridge & the rest of the milk is kept on the shelves with dry goods, I wanted cold milk for a change). Caught a tuk tuk & went to the ruins. We ... read more
Kassandra and the "Juego de Pelota"
Hieroglyphic Stairway
Gotta love the 10 second timer.


Best night sleep in some time! The temperature was perfect last night & the bed is just comfy enough & it was super quiet! Love it. Nothing beats a good nights sleep. The Honcho near us clearly hasn't gotten his doodling pipes worked up to snuff yet. His cock-a-doodle-do sounds more like cock-a-dool-ack. It literally made me wake up laughing. He has a bit of a hack at the end & it gets really quiet. Maybe he's a teenager? We got up & headed out. We've decided to take it easy today & just chill around town. We need a day of rest after yesterday. Plus the weather is kinda crappy & cloudy & drizzly so not the perfect conditions for viewing the ruins of Copan. Outside we were met with the delicious smell of fried ... read more
Best soup of the trip!
And fried chicken
Boots!


Slept pretty ok last night finally! Woke up to the least amount of runny nose yet! Woohoo! I actually have a little energy which is super exciting. After we had a Pana-muffin (like an egg mcmuffin only better) & a Papaya Licuado I decided I could probably travel today without it being too terrible. I'm so bored of being in that room. A change of scenery is necessary. After the Pana-muffin, we walked until we found an open travel agent. We paid the $36 pp for our bus ride to Copan, Honduras (about an 8 hour bus ride). Back to the hotel to pack up our bags again! Our shuttle driver showed up late, as usual (with the exception of the one time in Antigua where he was 20 minutes early & left without us)! I ... read more
Our ride
Hit the spot!
The Guatemala/Honduras Border


Llegamos en Copán Ruinas de noche. Caminamos 20 metros a nuestro hostel que se llama Los Gemelos. Tuvimos mucho hambre y encontramos el parque central con mucho comida en la calle. Comimos kebab con tortillas y ensalada y licuados de bananas... fue muy rico!! despues de la cena estabamos muy cansados y fuimos dormir. La proxima mañana vimos mas de Copán, calles de piedra y edificios coloniales. Despues del desayuno, caminamos a Copán ruinas de los mayas. Nosotros compartimos una guia con amigos y pasamos por dentro. Copán es conocido por sus esculpturas y su arte. Habian muchos heiroglypos y esculpturas lindas! Habia un museo con muchos de los esculpturas porque muchos fueron destruyos por el medio ambiente. El museo fue muy bueno!!! Despues el tour de Copán volvimos al pueblo Copán a las 3.30pm y ... read more
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Copán heiroglificos


We arrived in Copán just after dark, and walked 50m from the bus stop to the hostel we had picked out called Los Gemelos. A lovely old lady greeted us and showed us the rooms, it costs about $5 per person. The rooms are basic and clean and fresh with a shared bathroom and a lovely courtyard full of flowers to look out on. We were pretty hungry and went in search of the Parque Central, where a lot of the eateries are. We found women cooking over hot embers with a grill making dinners for very cheap, so we had 2 carnitas each... a carnita is basically a kebab they have cooked over the embers (beef). They serve it to you in a plastic basket covered by a plastic sheet, the meat is taken off ... read more
Copán sculpture
Heiroglyphs
Big sculpture of the 13th King of Copán


Copán Monday 16th August It’s another long travelling day today as the alarm wakes us up at 5:15. I wake up with the song “Total Eclipse of The Heart” in my head. How did that get in there?? We’ve got possibly 9 hours of travelling ahead and I’m sure I’m going to get beaten up by the rest of the group if I can’t stop myself singing that. We’ve got quite a complicated journey ahead to get from Roatán to Copán, our next destination. Our journey will be by taxi, ferry, taxi, bus and then one more bus and will take us back through La Ceiba and San Pedro Sula again. Let’s hope we make all the connections! We do make all the connections! The final bus, from San Pedro Sul to Copán we make with ... read more
Watching The Rain
Copán Ruins
Copán Ruins


Seeing as Ellie and I hadn't gotten to bed till about 3am Monday Morning, there was no way we were going to be up for the 6.30am ferry back to the mainland on Monday morning. In that case, we decided to go for the 2.30pm ferry. I really didn't want to leave...Utila had been epic and I definitely felt lik I had gotten very comfey staying in one place for a loger period of time, but it was necessary that we started to head on as we only had 18days to get up to Cancun! Tom had decided to come with us for some of the remainder of our travels which we were excited about! As usual, we seemed to be leaving eveything to the last minute with only 15 minutes to get the ferry, ELlie ... read more


From Santa Ana in El Salvador, we had decided to duck through Guatemala to Copan Ruinas in Honduras. The first leg is our arranged ride with the guys in the truck, who take us out of their way to drop us at the Guatemalan frontera (border) before their work, which is great. We pas through Metapan, known for cement works, and glimpse beautiful lakes and lush forests with little rubbish. Immigration at the El Salvador/Guatemala border is straight forward, and we walk over a small bridge back into Guatemala to jump on a public micro bus. We travel through nice mountain areas, which strangely seem drier than in El Salvador. By the time we get off that bus we are in sweltering heat and waiting for the next micro bus at an intersection called Vado Hondo. ... read more
So many caterpillars!
Ball court, Copan
The Hieroglyphic Staircase, Copan


It’s a week today since I got back to the United States. 2 weeks ago, I left La Ceiba for Copan and then to Guatemala for a night to get the bus to Mexico. The journey to Mexico was stressful, it took longer than normal because of floods & road closure as a result of the bad weather but after 2 half days & a full day on the road I got to Mexico City a day before my flight to the United States. I was happy to b back in Mexico City -I spent the day walking around the downtown area and did some last minute shopping. FIFA has a fan centre in downtown Mexico City. The centre is open stage with a Big screen to watch the match and live bands play also ... read more
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