Eighteen Rabbit.

Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Hotel Via Via

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Tuesday, November 9, 2004

I was sitting at the Cafe Hotel Via Via, "downtown" Copán having a Gado Gado. I know, it's a pretty typical Indonesian dish and I'm located in the beautiful cobblestoned village of Copán, Honduras, set in a serene landscape surrounded with green rolling hills. I couldn't resist, I was craving Asian food. My absolute favorite food being Thai and Indian curries. The Gado Gado was however rather disappointing, with to little taste and spices for my liking. The Pineapple Shake was however rockin. Down the street walks Steve and Catherine, my fellow travel friends from Antigua and Lake Atitlan. It turns out they've been to many of the same places as me, including El Retiro in Lanquin and Casa Perico in Rio Dulce. Only difference being them going to Flores and Tikal while I went to Xela, and then the larger Bay Island of Roatan instead of Utila. I am staying at the same hotel as they are, and may end up joining them south on my way to León, Nicaragua.

The main reason for going to Copán, other than it being a pleasant town to spend a few days, is the famous Maya ruins just outside the town center. The ruins doesn't draw the same hordes of tourists as it's more famous counterparts in Mexico, but I guess that's mainly because of it being less accessible, located as it is on the southern fringes of the "Ruta Maya". Having been to Chichen Itza, Tulum and Palenque in Mexico, as well as Tikal in Guatemala on a previous trip, I must admit that I was a bit disappointed by the Copán ruins. It does however have some of the best carved sculptures (stela) in the Maya world with their famous glyphs. Most of the stelae seem to represent King Eighteen Rabbit who reigned from 695-738 AD, while there's less to see of the kings Moon Jaguar, Smoke Serpent and Smoke Jaguar. What wonderful names. If I become king one day I think I'll apply for a name change and go for something similar. "King Four Hundred and Fifty Seven Wolverine." Bound to get you some respect then. The structures, although nice, does however (in my opinion) pale in comparison to for example the magnificent Tikal. But then I am no Maya expert, and guess there's more to it than tall and impressive structures.
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