Worth the wait

Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
Trip End Dec 23, 2010

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Flag of Honduras  , Copán,
Saturday, February 6, 2010

The reason I say this was that we had a pretty long journey to Copan from Suchitoto, about 13 hours or so. The journey was littered with the usual highs and lows of a bus trip through Central America though - chicken bus drivers going down the winding hills at about 60mph accompanied by creaks from the wheels, army grunts with m45's getting on and sitting with us and of course, getting chatted up by little 10 year old Honduran girls. Apparently I have gorgeous eyes. Needless to say, Nicci got jealous and punched one in the face. Nah not really, but what she did do was give them our bag of haribo, the only food on us after not eating for 8 hours and faced with another 5 on the bus! Good work Hawkins.

In terms of getting across the border from El Salvador into Honduras, we had heard that its a bit of mission with some people queing for several hours. When we arrived, we simply bought a ticket and walked across a dusty path. Simples. Not only that but when we finally arrived in Copan Ruinas, who should stop by in his car and offer a lift but the owner of the place we want to stay!

Copan the town is a really nice place with its cobble lined streets and central park where the cowboy-esque locals all chill out to the sound of Latino guitar music. All the locals are friendly and the hostel we stayed in (ViaVia) had a good traveller vibe and plenty of people wanting to get pissed up (especially this funny lad from Canada who had decided to take a month off work without telling them as apparently they were too slack to bother following it up, he worked for the ambulance service by the way!).

The second day there we decided to check the Copan ruins out, a Mayan settlement from 100BC. It was a really interesting day out, they are pretty well preserved and you get free reign to walk all over them. It was also quite empty meaning we had the place to ourselves more or less. Obviously its the main pull to this area, but well worth the trip.

Day three and our plans of visiting some hot springs were scuppered after finding out it was quite hard to get to. Instead we visited the local Macaw sactunary which turned to out to be a good day. There are plenty of Macaws, Parrots and Toucans on offer. Macaws, by the way, are proper scary. Go within a few meters of you and they come at you with claws and snapping beaks. I also decided to try some local coffee in an attempt to make myself like it as we are in the worlds best coffee region. Needless to say it was pretty rough and made me surprisngly hyper.
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