Right off the plane, in La Cieba
Our Rainbow Village Taxi
Nicole, Krista, Jen and Justin waiting for our ”Cruise Ship“, the Utila Princess
Coral View Resort
My favorite lamp at Coral View.
Dock off of Coral View Resort
Coral at Coral View Dock
View from dock
View to the left off the dock.
Sunset on Utila
Docks at Utila
Drinks at Cafe Mariposa - and amazing prawns afterwards.
Not the most flattering photo. But this is David, Paisano, our taxi (pickup truck) driver's son. He was on Winter Break and came along.
La Piccola, an italian restaurant. Nicole and Krista Vanna White the sign.
Walking down a typical Utila street we shared with other motorbikes, cars, dogs and some cats.
Babe taking us to the north shore for snorkeling on his dorry.
View from dorry of north shore
More North shore
Dorry and North Shore
Babe takes hook out and throws the Marlin back.
Flower at Coral View
Nicole hunting for a conk shell
On our daily walk to and from town
City Hall Downtown Utila
Mango Inn Pizza Oven
Justin is amazed at Nicole's photo at the Mango Inn Restaurant where cats and bats roam free
La Champa Bar
Cobblestreets of Copan
In the ruins parking lot, the Policia de Turismo, bad boys bad boys what'cha gonna do?
McCaws at Copan Ruins
Model of Ruins at the entrance
On the west side of Stela C a turtle shaped altar was found known as the Cosmic Turtle.
This stela presents a unique sculpture style, departing from the traditional style seen at the other stelae in Copan. In Stela B Waxaklajuun Ub'aah K'awiil is surrounded by the walls of a cave in fact naming him the mountain, also on the back of the stela there are numerous references to his status as a mountain figure related to the founder by a the glyph of the macaw (mo') and the glyph for mountain (witz). The date that this stela was commissioned was August 22, 731 A.D.
On the west side of Stela C a turtle shaped altar was found known as the Cosmic Turtle.
This stela was carved to commemorate the first katun ending after the accession of Waxaklajuun Ub'aah K'awiil on 22.214.171.124.0 (December 5, 711 A.D.) it is carved on both sides so that it he is facing both the rising and setting sun. On the west side of Stela C a turtle shaped altar was found known as the Cosmic Turtle.
Also known as Structure 26, this structure boasts the longest Maya text found so far, this stairway is the last construction phase of this structure. Underneath Structure 26 archaeologists have found other construction phases as well as many astounding pieces of art. he original base where it had stood against the back wall of the inside chamber, evidence states that the burial of Stela 63 occurred almost 200 years after the date carved within this sculpture. In front of Stela 63 and in the uppermost fragment there is evidence of soot and smoke, the blackening suggests that this sculpture was exposed for a great deal of time (200 years?) and was the subject of worship by the constant burning of offerings, until its defacing and burial.
Our guide, Virgilluermo
The purpose of Structure 26was a dynastic temple.
Of special importance is the Hieroglyphic Stairway itself, as it details the life and times of the rulers of Copan in an attempt to legitimize their power linking themselves historically with the founder of the dynasty Yax' K'uk' Mo'. Commissioned by Ruler 12 Smoke Imix God K. Structure 26 was finished in 756 AD by ruler 15, K'ak' Yipyaj Chan K'awiil, and on his tomb he was buried with jade, ceramic censers, a flint knife and other ceremonial objects associated with bloodletting.
Missing sections of the stairway are at other museums.
In the central axis of the Stairway there are 5 seated figures with adornments consistent with warfare, self sacrifice and ancestor worship. Through a reconstruction by Barbara Fash of the façade decorations on the temple, are consistent with warfare, the motifs depicted are large Tlaloc masks set at the corners of the temples and on the central axis of the East and West sides. These 6 masks representative of warrior gods and sacrifice seemed to protect the 5 ancestors nestled on top of the Stairway the same as 5 more located in the façade with slightly larger the life-sized human figures and adorned with shields.
This stela is located in front of the Hieroglyphic Stairway. It's in a very poor state of preservation. It portrays the face of the ruler that commissioned the stairway built, K'ak' Yipyaj Chan K'awiil. This representation of the ruler is dressed with full military outfit, as a testament of the content of the stairway at its back, a relation of the military prowess of his ancestors. Its style is more austere than that found in the earlier stelae by 18 Rabbit. Stela M is dated to 756 A.D.
Copan: Altar Q South Side
(R to L) Ruler 14: "Smoke Monkey"
Ruler 13: Waxaklahum-Ubah-K'awil or "18-Rabbit"
Ruler 12: "Smoke Imix God K" or "Smoke Jaguar"
Smoke Imix was the longest-lived and, in William Fash's opinion, perhaps the single most accomplished Copán dynasty.
Ruler 11: Butz Chan
Accession in 126.96.36.199.8 (578 A.D.)
Yax-Pac [the last ruler of Copan] designed the ground floor of this temple He engineered an entrance to the building from each of the four directions--north, east, south, and west. Just inside the doors, panels facing one another record historical events important to Yax-Pac. What is curious about each pair of texts is that one is in normal reading order, while the other facing text reads in reverse order. If you were standing outside, however, the texts on both doors would read in the proper order. The audience for this text was the ancestors and the gods. Apparently, they could read through solid walls. Each pair of texts is designed to be read from a different direction starting with the north door: To read them in proper order the reader would have to circulate through all four of the directions. This attention to the "point of view"of the gods is in Maya art."
The zone of Las Sepulturas is an extensive residential and ceremonial area located about one kilometer east of the Principal Group. Above is the old kitchen for the king.
The El Cementerio excavations have determined that this zone was the residence of the royal family. This is the old kitchen for the king.
Stairs to the underground tunnells
Architectural ornaments salvaged from the area of the river cut are displayed on the eastern stairway of the East Court, where they can be enjoyed by visitors today.
I wanted to go down there.
Tunnel to museum
Rosalila (violet pink) is the name given to one of the most amazing structures found at Copan. It was so sacred to the ancient Maya that it was given the highest honors for burial. This seems strange, as it is burying a building we are talking about! When the next building was going to be built over for the new ruler the temple was given its own burial offering at the time construction started on the following structure, the stucco was carefully protected and after centuries we may say it was saved for posterity... It is situated at the center of Structure 10L- 16 or simply Structure 16. You will be able to see a reproduction of Rosalila in full splendor at the Copan Sculpture Museum. This temples façade has given great insight into the general appearance of buildings during this period at Copan and how the city must have looked.
The crests on other buildings haven't survived to our days due to the destruction carried out by the Maya themselves, as when buildings fell into disuse they were defaced and mostly used as construction material for new construction phases. Due to the passage of time, climatic factors, erosion and looting other builidings have been lost as well. But Rosalila teaches us a special lesson about the techniques the Maya used to make their buildings as tall as possible with the limited resources available to them, which often included destroying the previous building to put a new one on top. This is evident when seeing the different construction phases at different structures throughout Copan, but in the case of Rosalila there are five temples that were built earlier. Each construction phase is given a color name, with Rosalila being the third construction phase from the bottom up.
Inside Museum, a painted recreation of the ruins
The Bat Symbol of Copan
View from Rooftop of Hotel
Gato on Roof
Taxis on street in front of barbershop
Back in Utila GJ's Scottish Breakfast place
House on main road in Utila
More mainstreet homes photos
Jade SeaHorse Nightland Cabins
at Treetanic Bar
View from boat in Cayos Cochinos
View of Plantation Resort on Cayos Cochinos
Garifuna Village on the island of Cacahuate in Cayos Cochinos
Kids Posing for the Camera Photo!
Dock Cochino Menor for Plantation Resort
Walking in Jungle
View from top of Jungle Hike
I don't know what these are
View from boat
Photo taken while lying on Hammock
Utila Dock on our way out
View from airplane of plantations and coast