Saw the ruins

Hah! Finally got to see the damned ruins. Lisa’s persistent fever dropped after the seventh day in Copán and we ventured out to see the Mayan ruins which are located only a short walk outside of town. The ruins themselves are good fun to explore on your own and you are for some reason allowed to climb many of the millennium old buildings. I guess the buildings survived the elements for so long that the caretakers figured a few tourists wouldn’t do much of a difference. The weather was hot and sunny, unlike the previous couple of cloudy and rainy days, and that obviously added a extra pleasantness to the tour. Our guide book described many of the ancient buildings and statues and we hope that it justified not spending $25 on a guide. We also had the opportunity of walking through some of the ancient tunnels beneath the complex, but were too stingy to spend the extra $15 per person. A krone sparet is a krone tjent, as we say in Jutland…

The ruins themselves are inside a protected area with lots of more or less wild animals. The national bird, the Scarlet Macaw, was being fed inside the area and seemed to thrive there, and other smaller mammals like the Aguti also appeared numerous times in the jungle surrounding the ruins. Interesting to see wildlife that you normally only see caged in a zoo back home.

Planning to leave Copán the next day we miserably failed in getting some sleep before catching the bus, so we waited yet another day before leaving town as those bus trips tend to sap all your energy. Altogether we’ve spent nine days in Copán which was ridiculously long time and only caused by Lisa’s long lasting fever. After all, the only sights we actually managed to see were the ruins and a bit of the town. We took off early in the morning getting on a bus to San Pedro Sula, a major industrial city, and from there to a city called La Cieba on the northern coast. From there we bought a ferry ride to Roatan which is one of the Bay Islands. Roatan, and the other Bay Islands, are famous for their beautiful coral reef, which, we were told, is the biggest reef in the world next to Australia’s Barrier Reef. The plan from here on is a bit of scuba diving and snorkeling. We will of course report back if the reef was the 11 hour trip worth including two buses, one taxi, a ferry and yet another taxi.

Photos from Copán Ruinas.

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