the morning we walked to the entrance of the ruins from
town. Just outside the main entrance to town there is a
clearly marked, paved pedestrian pathway that leads directly
to the entrance of the ruins. As we walked we passed something
we had seen a lot of along the drive; large concrete slabs
covered with drying coffee beans. We stopped and chatted
with one of the young workers spreading the damp beans over
the concrete to dry. From what we understand, after the
beans dry, the coffee is then bagged and exported to wherever
to then be roasted and probably show up in your local Starbucks.
a short walk we reached the archaeological park of Copan
Ruinas. The entrance fees were expensive; US $10 for the
ruins and another US $12 for tunnels. We decided that as
long as we were here, we should see everything. Then, we
hired an guide which we had heard was another "must".
The guides available are now all "official" and
the price is set, about US$20 for a 2 hour tour with explanations
of the ruins. There was no choice as to who, except that
we asked for someone who spoke English, basically it was
you take what you get. Had there been other English speakers
around, we could have split the cost with them.
Our guide, Freddie, was only ok; he spoke English but in
a monotone. Ask him a question out of the ordinary and he
was lost. He seemed to know what he was talking about, but
his delivery was just boring.
After about 2 hours, the tour was over and we ended up in
the Jaguar court. It was time to enter the tunnels. These
tunnels were created by archaeologists who are researching
the ruins that lay beneath the ruins. Supposedly there are
five layers of civilization, four below ground and the one
remaining on top. It seems that the Mayans just built over
existing building when they wanted something new. The first
tunnel shows a complete temple underground and it is only
partially unearthed. The second tunnel is longer and shows
not only the outside of another temple wall, but rooms complete
with waterway for baths. All in all, they were interesting,
but seemed overpriced in comparison to everything else.
I'm not going to go into the details and history of the
ruins here. They are really something that have to be seen
to be appreciated. Please see the photo page "Ruins"
for more details.
the ruins, we had lunch at Llama del Bosque, a place Howard
Rosenweig had recommended to us. Service was very slow,
but the place was air conditioned and had cold sodas and
decent burritos de pollo. Lunch cost us 161 L. Back to the
hotel for siesta and then we found one of the 3 or 4 local
We had dinner at Las Carnitas where we had been told we
could find some of the best local food in Honduras. We ordered
the restaurant's namesake, which turned out to be a yummy,
huge portion of stewed beef with peppers and onions and
thick, homemade tortillas. That, with an order of anafre
con chorizo, and a couple of drinks set us back 160L, including
Butterflies, Haciendas, and Las Seputuras