Hello again -
Today we visited the beautiful Copan ruins in 2 groups - a morning group with their usual gorgeous sunshine and our afternoon group with our usual driving rain and thunder (although I am grateful for our sunny afternoon yesterday at the butterfly place). I had hired a guide Mike and I enjoyed 3 years ago - Jorge Barraza - and he proved himself again to be intelligent, knowledgeable, charming, and an excellent story teller. The photos I've chosen for today are from our experience at the ruins today. We'll have plenty of time to return under sunnier skies to take more pictures and explore a little deeper, but in 3 hours we learned enough to remember forever the wonderful history and contributions of the Maya people. Hot chocolate at a local cafe was the perfect way to warm up and unwind.
I am really grateful to be traveling with such a wonderful, interesting group of people and such great sports. The great sport part is especially coming into play as we head into our 5th night with no running water (a few in the group live in families with cisterns and had a few nights of real showers before the cisterns bled dry). In town the supply is so low that water for sponge bathing and forcing toilets to flush a bit is rationed. We are being careful with our purified water but have sufficient supplies to keep us hydrated. I keep reminding myself that most of the people in the world have less water than we have this week. Happy trails!