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The Ruins
July 8, 2012, 2:25 am
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A major highlight of our week in Copán was, of course, our visit to the Mayan ruins. An earlier post describes the experience, but I did not include any photos.

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The park is full of guacamayas. They swoop above visitors’ heads as they enter the park.

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The ruins have been reclaimed from the forest. There are many old trees here, with roots that spread, helping to preserve the ruins until excavation.

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The Mayan city included intricate drains, some of which survive.

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Some carvings are whimsical, at least to the modern visitor.

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A fair number of original carvings have been removed to the museum near the ruins. One of my favorites was this bat.

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This reproduction shows how the Mayans used color. Each king built over his predecessor’swork.

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Cesar, our guide, provided a running narration as we climbed through the ruins. Each guide carries a pole with guacamaya feathers attached to one end. The feathers are used as pointers–not even the guides are allowed to touch the stones

I hope to visit again next year.

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