Hi, all -
Today those of us who study in the afternoons met in the park in the morning and hopped on mototaxis (like golf carts) for the 10 minute trip to Macaw Mountain Bird Park. We divided into 2 groups, 1 with a Spanish speaking guide and 1 with an English speaking guide, and walked around and through dozens of huge aviaries with rescued birds that are native to Central America. Most were pets that didn't work out - 42 this year alone - and none were wild caught unless they were too injured to survive in the wild. PHOTO 1 is a young toucan and PHOTO 2 a blue and gold macaw. Near the end of the tour they have an area where tame birds are sitting around on perches and we got to hold them (PHOTO 3), though it wasn't without risk to clothing, buttons, and earrings.
In the afternoon Kathy and I walked with our teachers to an old fort 4 blocks north of the parque central that has been renovated in recent years and is the new home of the wonderful children's interpretive museum about Maya history. Among other activities we made our birthdays in Maya calendar characters (PHOTO 4) and posed in a stela (PHOTO 5).
We are feeling the days fall away behind us faster and faster and have less than a week left before our time in Copan comes to an end. Happy trails!