The Pyramids of Maya can be found not only in Mexico, but also in Honduras. To the followers of the walks through the archaeological districts one can recommend the tiny town of Copán. Three thousand years ago, when the unique pyramids were built, Copán was one of the largest cities of the Mayan civilization. The city was on the crossroads of important trade routes. Modern archaeologists consider Copan's pyramids as a single complex with nearby buildings of a different purpose.
On the extensive territory, a lot of ancient objects have been discovered: the ritual accessories, the statuettes of the ancient gods and the ruler. The ancient pyramids were built for sacred and ritual purposes; the sacrificial altar was on the top of the largest pyramid. Within the reach of this pyramid, the archaeologists have discovered a kind of amphitheater where presumably the competitions took place. The fighters, ridden by the rivals, were sacrificed to the cruel gods of Maya.
Today the empty Copán town attracts thousands of travelers, although the locals do not dare to enter their territory. They believe that the city was cursed hundreds of years ago and the terrible dragon has lived in their pyramids ever since. The natives believe that when the dragon is defeated, the flourishing city will revive. For the scientists, the commemorative inscriptions are particularly interesting, which can be found on the stone walls of the pyramids. They can be very slow to unravel, perhaps a clue to the culture of one of the most mysterious civilizations in the world. To the beginning - Great Pyramid of Giza
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Fuel station: 'Gasolinera Texaco El Triangulo' in 19 km
Supermarket: 'Despensa Familiar' in 19 km
Parking: 'Aparcamiento La Departamental' in 24 km
Apotheek: 'Farmacia Simán Entrada Copán #2' in 19 km
Police station: 'EL PARAÍSO, COPÁN' in 12 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Pizza Pizza' in 24 km