17.11.16 Copan, Honduras
Last night we ate with Tracy and Troy the guys we met at the border yesterday. We had told them we were going to be staying at Mary’s hotel in Copan, and they had spent time riding around looking for Mary’s before a TukTuk driver stopped to help them. He told them, oh yes, Mary’s hotel is right there- they went in and asked and were told, oh yes, this is Mary’s. It turned out to be ‘another’ Mary’s, not the one we were staying at (!), but luckily for us, they found us in our own Mary’s later, and we passed a very enjoyable evening swapping stories.
We had another great breakfast this morning, scrambled eggs, black beans, creamy cheese, platanos (fried savoury bananas) and maize tortillas. A diet we are now becoming very used to.
After breakfast we set off for the Copan ruins through the streets of the very pretty little town of Copan. There are quite a few English speaking shops and cafes here, because the ruins attract many visitors from around the world.
After 15 minutes or so, we arrived at the ruins, and were immediately charmed by the Macaw lined passageway on the approach to the ruins. It was full of raucous noise where the birds would all suddenly take off together, spread their beautiful orange wings and fly all together across the sky into another area. Very spectacular for us visitors. There were also some Agouti animals similar or the same as the ones we saw at Palenque.
The macaw was associated with the sun and its movement across the sky, and have been reintroduced to the ruins area recently.
Surrounding the ruins were many grand trees, Silk cotton trees, willow trees, rubber plant, pine, mahogany, san juan, cedar, cablote and pinabete.
The ruins of Copan include five plazas, a ceremonial court with a collection of stela, a ball court, and many altars, mounds and temples.
The hieroglyphic stairway of one of the main Copan structures is considered to be the longest inscribed text in the Americas. The stairway narrates the dynastic history of Copan. Another hieroglyphic stairway was found as part of an earlier temple, now buried beneath the current. When Mayan rulers were replaced they superimposed their power by building over the structures already there.
We ran into Troy and Tracy again, and shared drinks and a lunch, before heading back to town with Tracy whilst Troy went on to another ruin site. We shared a wonderful cup of tea with Tracy made from the coffee plant pulp, and followed this up with the treat of a couple of new haircuts! I think we probably paid a gringo price, but it was still only three pounds and fifty pence each.
An extremely enjoyable day, rounded off by another shared evening meal with Troy and Tracy sharing more stories and hopes for the future.