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From Ruins to Riches: A Journey to the Soul of Copán, Honduras

A lifetime of experiences through my lens. Travel photography © Stuart Marra

The allure of ancient civilizations called to us from the deep forests of Honduras, prompting a journey from the tranquil waters of Roatán to the mysterious ruins of Copán. After landing in San Pedro Sula, we embarked on a precarious four-hour drive that led us back in time to one of the Mayan civilization’s most significant sites, discovered in 1570 but hidden from the modern eye until the 19th century.

The Copán ruins, with their imposing squares and intricate citadels, narrated stories of a time long past. The city, which thrived and was abandoned before the 10th century, offered us a profound connection to history and a stark reminder of the transient nature of human glory.

Our accommodations were far from luxurious, yet they were perfect in their simplicity, allowing us to immerse ourselves fully in the local atmosphere. Surprising culinary delights greeted us at every meal, and the company of fellow travelers made for vibrant evenings. The highlight, however, was meeting a German expatriate who had infused the city of Copán with his craft, offering homemade sausages and a Hefeweizen that rivaled those of his homeland.

From the steamy relaxation at Luna Jaguar Hot Springs to the aromatic wonders of a coffee plantation tour, our Copán adventure was a tapestry of experiences woven with the threads of historical wonder, cultural encounters, and the simple joys of life. It was a reminder that sometimes, the richest experiences come from the most unexpected places.

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