There is a lot to chat about today and even more to show you. Let’s begin with the photo to your left. It’s a beautifully colored Macaw. I don’t know why he’s upside down, but this is about how I felt on the long ride to Copán to see the ancient Mayan ruins.
I knew it would be a 4 hour drive, but I didn’t know that I should have taken a couple of the Dramamine I looked at the night before rather than just admiring them. The multitude of speed bumps in the towns and villages we passed through were the beginning of the problem, but as we got closer to the ruins, the twists and turns of the mountainous roads did me in.
Lying down in a bouncy van with a short, narrow bench did not make for optimal motion sickness prevention, but the saving grace was walking into the small café in the park, asking for Dramamine and having the woman handing me two tablets in exchange for a few lempira.
Oh yes. I felt much better just knowing I would not have to endure the nightmare on the ride home.
But on to food. As I was editing these photos I began to wonder … What did ancient Mayans eat?
A little judicious Googling brought me the answers. The articles all said the same thing — corn was the staple. No surprise. Fruits and vegetables, dog, turkey, duck, water insects, algae and manioc made up some of their diet. It seems they had a lot of variety and that carbohydrates were big.
When you’re out in the fields and the forests building temples and tilling farming the land, all those carbs do an ancient civilization good.
Just look at this macaw. I wonder if he ever indulged in corn? He looks pretty fierce.
I also learned that the Mayans are credited with bringing chocolate to our world. I owe them a debt of gratitude for this. What kind of world would we be living in if it wasn’t for chocolate?!
The temples and altars, statues and tunnels are impressive and as hard as I tried to imagine what life was like all those millennia ago, I am having a hard time wrapping my head around it all.
It looks beautiful … now, so many years in later.
Our guide, Mauricio, told us that the color of the Honduran 1 lempira bill was designed with the colors of the ruins as inspiration.
After touring the ruins we took a ride a few minutes down the road to the village of Copán Ruinas.
The mountains in the background are Guatemala — just few miles away.
The quaint town with cobblestone streets is just beckoning me to return.
So … with a healthy dose of Dramamine an overnight bag and my camera, I will go back.