Islas de la Bahia ("Bay Islands") is one of the 18 departments into which the Central American nation of Honduras is divided. The departmental capital is Roatan, on the island of Roatan
March - April 2012
20 hours ago
This was a lovely anchorage half way along the south side of Roatan An Iranian and German couple just bought the adjacent island and were trying to establish an exclusive bar on it.
15 February 2012
On our way back from Copán two clowns came on the bus to entertain the passengers. We couldn't understand a word they were singing but they sounded fun. Every time the bus made a stop it was boarded by numerous vendors selling plantins, pastries and cold drinks.
29 March 2012
When we visited Copán we also spent a day at the local thermal baths. In the tropical rain forest hot spring water had been trained to flow into one small pool after the other. This place was definitely worth a visit.
29 March 2012
Copán is an archaeological site of the Maya civilization located in the Copán Department of western Honduras, not far from the border with Guatemala. It was the capital city of a major Classic period kingdom from the 5th to 9th centuries AD.
Copán was occupied for more than two thousand years, from the Early Preclassic period right through to the Postclassic. The city developed a distinctive sculptural style within the tradition of the lowland Maya, perhaps to emphasize the Maya ethnicity of the city's rulers.
The city has a historical record that spans the greater part of the Classic period and has been reconstructed in detail by archaeologists and epigraphers Copán was a powerful city ruling a vast kingdom within the southern Maya area The city suffered a major political disaster in AD 738 when Uaxaclajuun Ub'aah K'awiil, one of the greatest kings in Copán's dynastic history, was captured and executed by his former vassal, the king of Quiriguá. This unexpected defeat resulted in a 17-year hiatus at the city, during which time Copán may have been subject to Quiriguá in a reversal of fortunes
Adjacent to the Copán ruins a small village has developed catering for the rourists. It is based on colonial architecture with wonderful cobbled streets.