Thursday, April 26, 2012

Border Crossing, Beer and Ruins - Copan Ruinas

Shortly after having passed the Border from Guatemala to Honduras, I have reached Copan Ruinas. By the way, for those of you on the move on the Panamericana, one of the more time consuming, though fairly easy and almost straight forward border crossings so far; Ask for a receipt if the official on the Guate side is asking for money, I got my money back, "since the bank was closed to write a receipt", beside that, everyone has been very friendly and helpful, especially on the Honduran side while getting the paperwork for the car done, the officer not only just offered me some of his fruits that he brought for himself for lunch, but also made copies for free. And recommended to always hold on to the originals when checked by the police. Never stop for a "police officer" that does not wear uniform... and a couple of more tips and tricks and recommendations that I got from the friendly and professional gentleman, who was doing the paperwork for the temporary import of the the blue truck.

Copan Ruinas is a cool little town, just walking distance off the archelogical site with the same name. Should you like beer, which I admittedly do, do NOT miss  Sol de Copan: The Restaurant of the German expat Thomas and his Honduran wife Elsa. Fantastic fresh German beer brewed by Thomas in his microbrewery right there in town. Schweinsbraten, Spätzle und Kartoffelsalat was a well appreciated change from the typical, tasty though, Central American Cuisine.

Read more about the Mayan Culture here. More about the history of the ruinas here. Some about the town here. Most important, some about Thomas' Beer here. And if you would like to get coordinates for a reasonable place to camp, either near the ruinas or a little off where you can also dip your rear end into a fresh pool or slide down some water slides apart of camping, leave me a comment below and I supply GPS coordinates accordingly.

Should you just wanna see a couple of pictures, figure out wether or not Freddy Mercury was Mayan or learn that size really might matter (Freddy would have agreed), or rather why "little ones" already in the Mayan civilization might have been the wild ones, just scroll down. More pictures will soon be assembled in a specific Photo Gallery to Honduras.

Don't look at me funny!

Blowing it off


More Mayas?

I know, he might look a little like it was Freddy Mercury, but it was long before.

Size matters: Poor guy!

Nevertheless - or maybe because of it - a wild one!

Much more civilized today: The city is getting prepared for Easter. 

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