When we were in Antigua, Guatemala trying to plan how to get to Nicaragua we seriously considered doing what many other travellers were doing and catching a bus directly to Leon (about 19 hours with only one stop). But, we decided it would ultimately be a shame to not at least see a few things along the way. So we caught a shuttle at 4am to Copan Ruinas. It was a pretty little town, nothing special and nowhere we wanted to stay longer than a couple of days but the ruins were really fun. We saw Macaws, a squirrel, a weird little ant eater/rat thing and that I think was a capybara and of course some fantastic ruins.
Here are a few photos and I also made a little video (at the end) 🙂
It’s quite hard to see but this staircase is actually a hieroglyphic history of the society that lived here. There are around 2000 symbols depicting different moments in history – and it’s the only remaining artifact of it’s kind. How fascinating!
I was so excited walking around these ruins – I totally missed my calling to be an archaeologist. I kept squealing and grabbing Guy’s arm to show him an inscription on a stone or the rooms in a house. Exploring old stuff is my thing!
This photo makes me smile every time I look at it. If I had to pick one photo that best described Guy I think this would be it. In the outdoors, wearing an All Blacks t shirt, trying to make me laugh. 🙂
Getting out of Copan Ruinas was hard! We looked at going to Lake Yojoa but it seemed really expensive for what it was, the Bay Islands had a high malaria risk and the rest of the attractions seemed pretty misseable. But we couldn’t get a direct bus to Nicaragua, and we didn’t want to go through San Pedro Sula & Tegulcipaga so (after a couple of hours of wandering the city being told there was no way easy to get out) we ended up getting a shuttle into El Salvador that evening and then crossing back into Honduras the next day to cross into Nicaragua. It was a huge day, in a hot and very cramped van and not one we want to repeat in a hurry! In hindsight we should have stayed a few days in El Salvador and broken the trip up, but we had to make a decision there and then because the shuttle was already full and it just didn’t occur to us. So we ultimately ended up spending nearly 24 hours on a bus afterall…ugh travel!
Anyway it was fun and I’m glad we got to see something of Honduras and El Salvador even if they were only flying glimpses. We’re in Leon, Nicaragua for the next week before heading to the Isla de Ometepe where Guy’s volunteering at the Fuego y Agua race.
I also made a little video! One of my goals this year is to make more videos. I love photography but capturing moments on video just adds such a visceral element that’s so fun.