Saturday, March 26, 2011


Copan was the site of a great Mayan city with 20,000 to 30,000 residents at is peak. Located 12km from the Guatemalan border, in a green valley fed by the Copan river, Copan is Honduras's famous Mayan site.

The Copan site is large, with archeologists still working to uncover undiscovered areas. At the time, the Mayans would build directly on top of older buildings, at present only the most recently built buildings are visable. The precipitous fall of Copan was not due to conquistators, rather it is believed that deforestation caused the surrounding hills to slide and rapid population growth led to a resource shortage.

This is the ball court. The Mayans used a 10 pound ball made with sap to compete.

Claire, Pupi, and Pupi's cap

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