It was a Tuesday night and I couldn’t sleep. I kept tossing and turning and couldn’t stop being giddy and kicking my legs on the bed. I was so excited for tomorrow, I felt like it was the 1st day of school all over again. I couldn’t believe that I was going to see my first ruins ever and they would be the Copan Ruins. I set my alarm to go off early, I wanted to be sure to be one of the first ones there so I can get shots of the ruins with out a million people in them.
I arrived at the ruins 30 minutes before the doors opened. I was so happy to see that it was just I and 3 other couples in line to get tickets. The doors opened, I paid $30 to see the ruins and go into the tunnels (if you just want to see the ruins you pay $15). I was so excited I swear I felt like a kid in a candy store.
I made my way through the entrance and started walking to “The Great Plaza”. Once I was there I was already in awe it was a huge space surrounded by a huge wall with a small pyramid in the center. Of course me being me I wanted to climb the pyramid right away, but I was not sure if I could or not. I walked around a bit looking at things and then I saw a helper and asked them if I could. He let me know that you could climb on pretty much anything unless its tied off and says do not climb/enter. I thought hell yes!!! So I made my way to the little pyramid and climbed it.
From there I made my way to other parts of the ruins. I awed at the Ball Court and Hieroglyphic stairway. The Hieroglyphic Stairway is the most famous structure of the ruins. It is protected by a giant tarp to help preserve the engravings. I was able to climb on the Ball Court however the Hieroglyphic stairway was roped off and for good reason. The detailed engraving in every stone is unbelievable. I continued on climbing other walls that were around and made my way to the Acropolis. Underneath the Acropolis lies a tunnel system that is over 4km long 2 of them recently open to the public (hence why I paid more).
I was so excited to go into the tunnels. I asked if I could go alone or if I needed to be accompanied by someone, they let me know I could go in by myself. I was glad I was the only one around at the time and was going to experience them all by myself. I walked in and was a bit scared I kept thinking “wow Mayans used to roam these tunnels so many hundreds of years ago how crazy”. You go in them and it is completely silent, not a sound to be heard. As you are walking along you see so many amazing structures that are carved in into the tunnel walls and also standing out. I kept walking went up a few stairs and then went to secluded corner and stood there a bit. I could feel a weird pressure all around me. It felt like an intense grip over my entire body and then I could start hearing my heart beat. I got freaked out and started walking fast towards the exit. That feeling though is a feeling I will never forget, it was so strange.
I finished touring the rest of the ruins and was left in awe. Looking back I still can not comprehend how the Mayans were able to construct such an amazing city. I don’t comprehend how they could be so detailed and be able to create such huge structures. I am happy that these were the 1st ruins I saw and am looking forward to seeing many more around the world, maybe at some point I can talk about my belief in Aliens and how maybe they helped build so many of the ruins found around the world. For now I wanna hear about the 1st ruins you ever visited or if you have been to the Copan Ruins what is your take on them? If you want to read a more detailed take on the ruins check out GloboTreks post “The Mayan Ruins of Copan”. Norbert does a great job at giving you a bit more history on the ruins.