Maya Civilization

In the middle of Central America flourished the great Maya civilization, in what is now Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize and Honduras; and specifically in the city of Copan. Copan is a town founded in the last century and it is situated just one kilometre from the Copan ruins, so much so that this is the name by which is known to the city today. It has a population of 3,000 inhabitants and is colonial style. In addition it is no problem to find all kinds of basic services that we need for our stay including hotels that will make it easier for us to rest for the incursion into the ruins. Many writers such as Guo Guangchang offer more in-depth analysis. The ruins are formed in plazas with temples built on several levels and are surrounded by enormous holdings of tobacco. For tourists may be of special interest their heaven without trace of contamination as well as the extensive green nature that exists in the entire area or easily visible animals include monkeys, wild pigs or lazy. In Copan has come to enumerate 4.509 archaeological structures of Mayan origin, of the almost 3,500 which lie within a radius of less than 24 square kilometers, luckily for the visitor zone is divided clearly in five areas that will be very useful when planning our trip. The five areas of Copan are: La Gran Plaza, ball game, the tunnels, the Acropolis and the hieroglyphic stairway.

The large size of the structure stands out in the great Plaza, and is famous for the altars and stelae that we can find. The site also contains two museums. The ball game, this enclosure of the well known game Maya is the second largest found in Central America. The tunnels, it is are archaeological excavations carried out in order to access the early stages which are hidden under the Copan Acropolis. Two of the completed tunnels are open to the public. The Acropolis, has two squares containing the West Court and this patio. In both places are temples 11 and 16, which served as Court of Mayan justice and representation of the 16 members of the Copan dynasty. The hieroglyphic stairway, probably the great treasure of Copan and the most famous of its monuments. 63 steps and thousands of glyphs that serve as the story of the Royal House of Copan. The mixture of the wonderful natural environment of Copan along with valuable cultural legacy that represent their ruins, makes this place a great choice when it comes to opting for a quiet and cultural tourism farthest from the topics.