Francesco and I awoke early the next morning to explore the Copán, a historic Mayan site known for it’s beautifully preserved carved stelae. It’s located about 1K outside the study. The site had very few visitors so it was nice to be almost completely alone while exploring the beautiful site! Most of the stelae feature Eighteen Rabbit, a Mayan King.
A hieroglyphic stairway featured 72 stone steps, and each block had a glyph sequence:
You may look at the above photos from the Copán ruins and think to yourself, “Man, Kelly sure knows how to take awesome photos!” And for that I would like to take credit, but the truth is I coerced a reluctant Francesco into taking photos for me for this part of the trip. Really, what good is traveling with a university-educated photographer if you can’t make him take artistic photos of ruins for you once in a while? I do take full responsibility for the birds though:
The town of Copán Ruinas itself was very charming. The streets are cobbled and there are few tourists.
Francesco even got to lend a hand:
I also ran into a friendly reminder to stay drug and alcohol free in public spaces:
Lunch was comida traditional, typical Mayan food. Tortillas, plantains, beans, cheese, and rice:
After a few hours exploring the city of Copán Ruinas, we hopped on another bus to take us to Santa Rosa de Copán. Even though the cities are approximately 28 miles apart on a map, it took over 2 hours by public bus. When we checked the route on the map it appeared we had driven almost a circle around the city before finally ending there. Francesco even had to lend a hand in starting our luxury ride:
2 jump starts in one day! What a hero!