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    Museo de Antropologia e HistoriaMuseo de Antropologia e Historia San Pedro, Honduras
    this is the most well known cultural attraction in the city, sitting on two floors that showcase the development of the Valle de Sula from 1500 BC to the current day. The exhibits look at the early history of the Sula civilization that began at the Playa de los Muertos site through the Lenca or Mayan settlements at Los Naranjos to the colonial and modern times. Ironically, the banana industry that had been owned by foreign interests in barely mentioned, although it had been a significant part of the valley's economy. Besides the permanent historical display, the museum has a gallery for rotating displays, a gift shop and artworks. Their exterior has a marvelous patio cafe and on the weekends a children's story time is available on Saturdays from 10 AM to noon. The first floor contains history related to the valley of Sula, since its conquest and discovery, offering the foundation of the city of San Pedro Sula with its numerous advantages and drawbacks, until the beginning of the century when diverse groups of immigrants would arrive here. The exhibition ends with a marvelous exhibit of objects and photographs that depict the life during the mid 20th century. It also contains an exhibit about the early immigrants that contains many wonderful photographs, as well as one of the most inclusive collections of Lenca art and pottery relics and sculptures from the Mayan culture.

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    Ruins of CopanRuins of Copan San Pedro, Honduras
    Copan is an archaeological site that belonged to the Mayan civilization in the Copan department of western Honduras and not far from the border with Guatemala. It had been a capital city of a major Classic period kingdom from the 5th to the 9th centuries AD and located in the extreme southeast of the Mesoamerican cultural region, on the frontier with the Isthmo-Colombian cultural region and almost completely encompassed by non-Mayan peoples. In the fertile valley today, there live about 3000 people, a long winding road and small airport. The area would be occupied for more than two thousand years, beginning in the Early Preclassic era to the Postclassic, with the city developing a unique sculpture style in the traditions of the lowland Maya, that might have emphasized the ethnicity of the city's rulers. It has a historical record that spans the better part of the classic period and has been reconstructed in detail by archaeologists and epigraphers. Copan, believed to have been called, Oxwitik by the Mayan had been a powerful city ruling a huge kingdom in the southern Maya territory. A large part of the eastern part of the acropolis has been corroded away by the Copan River, which has since been diverted to preserve the remains left there. At the peak of its power, the kingdom had a population of about 20,000 and covered an area of over 100 square miles.  It is a fabulous city to visit, albeit in ruins, it is still an ancient city of the Mayan culture and to just wander around and experience the aura and presence of mysterious feelings that may have been hidden for hundreds, if not thousands of years is quite exciting and interesting. If you have never visited or seen Mayan ruins, it is a trip well worthwhile.

May 6, 2011