Not only is it fun and educational to walk around the open ruins with a guide, but also located on the grounds is a museum that has a lot of replicas of different artifacts that have been discovered at the ruins over the years. Don’t make the mistake of just visiting the ruins and leaving. There is also a nice little café and a good souvenir shop on the grounds.
Ok, one more thing: remember what I said about the bi-lingual guides? Even though I was enrolled in Spanish school, I asked for the tour to be in English. I did that because the Mayan history is a little complicated and I didn’t want to miss anything. Just don’t tell my teacher!!Here is a photo of the outside of the museum on the grounds.
Now, here are some photos of the inside:
All in all, the museum is a great place to escape the intense sun and heat. Everything on display is well documented with explanations. Don’t worry if it is a replica or not. The idea is to educate you about the Maya.
When it comes time to go back to town, don’t cop out by grabbing one of the tuk-tuk taxis. Copan Ruinas is not the place for whiners!! Take the time to stroll the mile or so back to town along the tree lined path. You will meet a few vendors along the way that are selling dolls, etc. If you see something interesting that you like, you should buy it.
You might want to take an umbrella if there is any chance of rain. The day I walked back, I did not have an umbrella and got absolutely soaked in a big time downpour. By the time I got back to town, the streets were flooded with calf deep water. It was just like you see on the international news!! I had to dry out while sitting in front of a coffee shop. Good thing I was wearing “quick-dry” travel clothing. I paid a price though and I will mention it in a subsequent post where I will have more comments about Honduras.