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Copan Ruinas: The Paris of the Maya world (Honduras)

Honduras: Copan Ruinas, Hanna and Papa

Honduras: Copan Ruinas, Hanna and Papa

They call the ruins of Copan like this for its sculptures! Really crazy things to be watched even for an ignorant eyes.

We saw Maya ruins in Mexico, we saw them in Belize, and in Guatemala. Of course we had to use the chance to see them in the last “Maya country”: Honduras. And even if visited in the hurry, and even without massive pyramids, having well preserved intricately carved stone sculptures make an impression. First ceramic evidence showed that Mayas were living there already in 1400 BC. Isn’t it crazy to watch a piece of art, which is almost 3,5 thousand-year-old?!

The ticket to the ruins is totally overpriced and there are still discussions between archaeologists if it is really only Maya heritage, or maybe Lenca tribes also had their influence over there. But just try to imagine at least 20 000 people in there, building the pride of the kingdom between 5th and 9th century…

At the end of XVI century a representant of the Spanish king arrived to Capan and met five families living there and not knowing any history of the ruins. It took 300 years to make the first map of the city but the things are being discovered still now.

The coolest part of the ruins are the Hieroglyphic Stairway with 64 steps and several thousands glyphs (but a bit in random order, because when first archaeologists uncovered the stairs, the big part of it collapsed). 10 metres wide form of the longest known Maya hieroglyphic text. Not decoded text yet…

In near the ruins you can also meet many parrots – most of them set free after being brought up in the nearby Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve. We visited the bird park an can absolutely recommend it.

In the town Copan Ruinas we stayed for two days in a nice, clean and afforadable family run hostel Yaxkin Copan – very close to the main market square of Copan Ruinas.


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  • Peter Monals
    Posted August 26, 2014 at 13:50 | Permalink

    What wonderful Stelas!!!!!!!!!!

  • Posted September 17, 2014 at 06:26 | Permalink

    This is the place I really want to visit, Its so mysterious and beautiful. You really inspiring people, traveling with your family :)

  • Posted January 28, 2016 at 12:27 | Permalink

    Beautiful photos. I didn’t check out the tunnels when I was there. I kind of wish I had. We totally tried to bribe the guy who was guarding the gate to let us both in for $10. No joy. Since when can’t you bribe someone in CA? Maybe next time. Copan was by far the favorite of all the ruins we visited in CA.


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