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Bay Islands, Honduras

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Before the trip even started we decided that we should get our Scuba dive cert somewhere along the way so we could take advantage of the amazing dive sights on our path around the world. I don’t really remember how we found out about Bay Islands as a good place to get it done and unfortunately Dawn isn’t around while I type this to ask but Utila Island, Honduras was decided as the place to do the deed.

After staying one night on the Island of Utila we went searching for a dive shop. Captain Morgans Dive Centre was who we decided to go with after talking to a handful of dive shops.  All the prices were about the same between the shops but Mitch the divemaster behind the counter at CM sold me with his enthusiasm and passion talking about diving on the north side of the Island.  We ended up staying at Jewel key, which was a small island on the north side of Utila, because most of Captain Morgans dive operations happened there and Utila has one main road with motorcycles/ATVs blasting up and down it all day long.

My experience of learning to dive was thrilling and opened up an entire new world for me.  From the time I took my first gulps of air underwater to diving in the black of the night I was having a blast!  I give most of the credit to our dive instructor Jen (a Sweetheart Irish Lass) who made the instructions fun and diving an amazing experience.

The reefs around the North side of Utila are teeming with life.  Lobster, sea turtles, eels, nurse sharks, octopus, angel fish, trumpet fish, barracuda, etc… I could go on for an hour about the types fish we saw while diving. Oh and we also got to swim with a school of dolphins!!!   Unfortunately I did not buy an underwater camera before I left on the trip (kicking my ass for that one) so all the underwater pics on this post are from Captain Morgans website.

After leaving the island I felt totally satisfied with my experiences in the waters around Utila and got to check one more thing off that long list of things to do before I die.

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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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