Copan Ruins, Honduras

The first stop in Honduras was the Mayan Ruins of Copan. The site is situated just outside the town of Copan, Honduras in the western part of the country ruffle 60 kilometers from the border of Guatemala. The Copan runes are considered to be the Paris of the Mayan Word due to the city being highly advanced in its involvement of sculptures, astronomy and hieroglyphic writing. The site seemed small to me compared to Teotihuacan, the only other Central American runes I’ve been to, but what it lacked in size it made up for in intricate sculptures and an abundance of hieroglyphics.

This is a pic of temple 16 which was built on top of a previous temple without damaging it as shown in the pic overlay.

Model showing what the site would have looked like during its heyday.

Temple 11 which was built as a portal to the underworld.

Skulls

Looking down from temple 16 into the south plaza

Jaguar Sculpture

Mayan Hieroglyphics

The Hieroglyphic stairway is the longest text in the Mayan world. The stairway details the life and times of the rulers of Copan.

This is a shot of the second largest ball court in Mayan world. The game was the first recorded organized team sport in history. 3,000 years before the first super bowl! Two teams of 2-4 players would try to pass the ball around, without having it touch their hands and then get the ball to pass through one of the stone rings on the court. In Copan they had to hit the macaw statues at the top of the stone slopes. The game was shrouded in religious symbolism and some say the losers were sacrificed.

Dawn sneaking a photo of me trying to find that perfect shot

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2 responses to “Copan Ruins, Honduras

  1. John Schierle

    Hi Josh, sounds like you’re having an awesome time! Great Photos. I envy you brother! You’re sure seeing a lot of beautiful places. Keep up with the blog. We are all living vicariously through the two of you. Best to Dawn. — Big John

    • Hey big John!! Hope all is well back in the Emerald city! We are living a dream bro and it’s going so fast. I going to be knocking some blogs out this weak so check back soon. take care!

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