|A Scarlet Macaw at Copan, the National bird of Honduras|
|We did a lot of hiking around the large temple complex.|
|Like Quirigua the stele are beautiful and very detailed.|
|Some are original and others replicas, the originals being|
|We sat at several spots with our guide Juan while he talked about the history of the site. Here we are looking at the ball court.|
The final version was completed in 738 AD.
|Our guide introduced us to several archaeologists|
working on the site.
|The famous Hieroglyphic Staircase - 2200 glyphs form the longest known|
Maya text. Figures of the most famous rulers are spaced on the stairs. The
entire area is protected by a tent from the elements.
|Many of the buildings still have trees in place. We enjoyed|
the shade throughout the complex - very unlike the completely
open Chichen Itza. But there wasn't any grass or trees originally
here. It was all white concrete and red buildings!
|The light was wonderful in the early morning.|
|Heather, Scott, Dennis and Doris on the temple stairs|
|There were stairs everywhere.|
|This is the west complex|
|This retaining wall protects the Acropolis now but the Copan|
River diverted at one point and eroded away a significant
part of the structure.
|This relief has been given the nickname "Disco Jaguar" and|
|Alter Q depicts the succession of 16 kings and is one of the most|
famous monuments here.
|This crocodile must have just had a good meal.|
|I enjoyed the beautiful forest all around the site. There are some magnificent trees.|
|A selection of cheeses at Cafe San Rafael|
On the way back we did some grocery shopping at the larger supermarket in Morales, about 40 minutes from the Rio. The car was totally packed with ourselves, our baggage and the food.
|Our waitress at Carnitas Nia Lola|
|And a photo taken with some of the other customers. Our guide|
from the morning at Copan introduced us around.
|A glimpse of the our meal including mixed grill on the left,|
fried plantains on the right and rice, beans, salsa and pickled
|This cow found us equally fascinating!|
|This is beautiful country, mostly cattle farms.|