An outlying part of Copán, even farther away than Las Sepulturas, is Los Sapos, in the hills opposite the main site. A rock outcrop carved in the form of a frog gives it its name, though the years have worn it down considerably. An even more badly degraded carving is thought to depict a woman with her legs spread and possibly giving birth. The site is believed to have been a birthing center.
The hillside setting overlooking the valley is more dramatic than the carvings, which are set on the grounds of the fabulous Hacienda San Lucas. The property harbors a fantastic upscale farmhouse lodge and the owner has built a network of trails through the farm leading to the site. Admission is $2. If you’re worn out from the walk, stop in for a drink or lunch at the friendly hacienda or, better yet, spend the night.
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