Where in the World Was Kelly Marshall? Photos – Part 2

Next stop: Copán, Honduras!

Copán is an archaeological site of the Maya civilization located in western Honduras, not far from the border with Guatemala.

Ruinas de Copan
Complete with a Hieroglyphic Stairway, a Ball Court, an Acropolis, Altars, Tunnels and a Great Plaza, the Ruinas de Copan were an impressive site to explore!

Tree roots consume the stone blocks.

A Mayan stone marker on the path to the royal chambers.

 A gargoyle-like creature in high relief sculpture.

A row of animal spirits.

I’d wager you 190 Honduran Lempira to find a
non-pregnant female dog in Copan.

Need a ride?  Hop in one of Copan’s infamous three-wheeled scooter taxis – complete with 4-stroke engine. It’s a tight squeeze, but tons of fun, fast and cheap!

Authentic Honduran tamales – steamed cornmeal dumplings with shredded chicken and pickled carrot and cauliflower.

After lunch, we head to Macaw Mountain Bird Park and Nature Reserve – a tropical bird reserve that cares for rescued and endangered birds of the American tropics.

A stream running through the park – where we met Toucans, falcons, parrots, and more!

 Bronze-winged Pionus

Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)

Blue and Gold Macaw (Ara ararauna)

Great Horned Owl.

More scarlett macaws – this time out in the open, and eager to land on our shoulders and heads!

Next we commutted 45 minutes out of Copan into the mountains to see the Agua Caliente Hot Springs (a favourite spot for the locals), near the village of Agua Caliente. The thermal waters are BURNING hot – but as you descent they flow into a cold water river forming comfortably warm natural pools and showers where bathers can relax and soothe their bodies – complete with complientary mineral mud to slather on your body.

Our tour started at dusk – and we ended up being stranded for a good two hours when the guides left us (they forgot to bring headlamps or flashlights for us). Being the adventurous lot that we were, we formed a conga line and felt our way in the dark, through caves and across rope bridges, back to camp.

Our efforts were rewarded with the mouth watering feast you see above – a shish kabob BBQ feast with fresh salsa and corn tortillas for all.

 5 or 6 am – the cobble stone streets are empty and it’s time to say goodbye. We’re off to board a bus for a 8-12 hour journey to Roatan Island.

-Kelly Marshall,
Sales and Marketing Coordinator,
Sector Learning Solutions

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