Sitio Arqueologico Rastrojon

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Sitio Arqueologico Rastrojon

Sitio Arqueologico Rastrojon
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Scenic Walking Areas
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Trek-Always
Alpharetta, GA2,412 contributions
Smaller Site Behind the Clarion Hotel
Feb 2020
A work in progress. The area was built on a bad spot to build which led to collapses. There is some beautiful sculpture (see my photos). $3 entrance fee. Worth a half hour to walk through it. Be careful of the wooden bridge leading to the site (see my photo). The Hondurans don't believe in litigation; they believe in natural selection..... This is a secondary site but a nice counter-balance to the huge Copan site. If this review is helpful then please indicate so below.
Written 13 March 2020
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kitty37421
Chattanooga, TN345 contributions
another great part of the copan ruinas
Jan 2019 • Friends
this to was on the copan walk in the ruinas. it was very detailed and love all the walls and stones in there orginal places.
Written 2 February 2019
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GeUP
50 contributions
Experience a Mayan site from a different perspective
Jan 2017 • Friends
Rastrojon is a very interesting Mayan site. It has a commanding view of the entrance to the Copan valley, that is probably one of the reasons the location was chosen. It is interesting to see the archaeologist's research areas visible to the public, nice detail.
Written 16 February 2017
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Laura L
Cambridge, MA15 contributions
Breathtaking, well-interpreted ruin outside of town
Aug 2016 • Solo
Rastrojon is a great place to come to learn more about how archaeology in Copan happens. They have left replicas up of sculptural elements in the exact places where they were found, so we felt like we were in the middle of a real excavation. The signage is great and really educational-- I wish it was like that at the main group! The sculpture is breathtaking and the views from the side of the mountain are better than most places closer to the Main Group. It was a little farther out (5 minutes in a mototaxi) but free and a really pleasant morning excursion.
Written 1 September 2016
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Barbara F
Newton, MA6 contributions
newly opened
Jan 2016 • Family
Don't miss this newly excavated group on the hillside -best in late afternoon for a short but enchanting experience at an amazing site
Written 10 January 2016
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Quasimama
Florence, WI1,601 contributions
A "dig" still being actively developed
Sep 2015 • Friends
I visited with a small tour group, so we had a guide to tell us about it. Site was earthquake damaged hundreds of years ago, so led to its being abandoned. Opportunity to observe Maya construction techniques, as toppled and fractured structures reveal internal "secrets". Rastrojon may have been a military outpost, outlying principle site at Copan. Archeologists still work here seasonally. Free, and a short walk from the Clarion Hotel, about a mile out of town.
Written 2 January 2016
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Florencia T
4 contributions
This site is in the clarion hotel
Oct 2015 • Family
It is a short walk up hill within the clarion hotels grounds and is a very prive site that you can also enjoy
Written 25 October 2015
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Neale B
Oregon22 contributions
Rastrojon - The Overlooked Maya Ruins Complex of Copan
Jul 2015 • Solo
Rastrojon is a historic reminder that Central America is a tectonicly active region. Built by the 12th King of Copan, Chan Imix K’awiil (628-695 AD), Rastrojon was partially destroyed by earth movement and resultant landslides sometime after 800 AD. Because of it's hilltop location, it is thought by some to have been a military outpost constructed to defend the main complex from a neighboring Maya City/State with whom Copan had an uneasy relationship. While a portion of the main building has been reconstructed, current plans are to leave the rest as it sits, until some method is found to stabilize the site. There are many examples of Maya stone carving remaining, though some require a keen eye to pick out from the rubble. A couple of the smaller structures are reasonably intact and provide good examples of Maya building techniques. The site has good signage explaining the site. Guides are sometimes available, but probably unnecessary if you have been to the main complex and are somewhat familiar with Maya culture. For the geologist or those interested, the road cuts on the service road show an 18 inch layer of volcanic ash from an ashfall in the not to distant past, probably from a Guatemalan volcano that is not to far from Copan. Rostrojon is located next to the Hotel Clarion property on CA11, the main road into Copan Ruinas. Access is from the driveway into the hotel. To get there, grab a mototaxi from either the central park in Copan,usually about $1 usd, or from the main archaeological park. You can walk, it's about a mile from the main ruins, but it is a very steep uphill walk for the last 1/4 mile or so. Currently there is no charge to visit, and the hotel staff will direct you when you get to their gate.
Written 14 August 2015
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