Copan Ruinas
Copan Ruinas
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Copan Ruinas valley of Kings, Sacred Valley of the Red Scarlet Macaw. Copan Ruinas is an ancient city in the Mayan Empire. Located in western Honduras at just under 10 minutes from the border with Guatemala el Florido. More than 138,000 visitors came here in 2017, the lowest in years but with a slight increase in traffic in comparison to 2015. Many agree the bad condition of the road plays an important role to this lack of traffic. Hopefully in 2018 will be better.
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DesertRose
177 contributions
Couples
The Copan ruins are the number 1 reason to come to Copan and they did not disapoint.
From the well kept grounds to the ruins themselves they were truly great. If you come to Copan and don't see them you have missed the point.
As far as practical information goes, I suggest arriving early as we got there at 9am and it was already quite hot.
Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, sunscreen, bug spray and do not forget water.
Not to much water though as the one drawback of the site was the restrooms. Neither the ones at the ruins themselves nor the museum even had working toilets and running water in the sink.
Written 22 June 2022
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Olemrak
Melbourne, FL4 contributions
Couples
If you don't use a travel agency, your trip from San Pedro Sula will be complicated if it is your first time in Latinamerica. Three ways to get to Copan Ruinas, first take a bus, you need to get to the Portal de Transporte is about a 20 min ride in taxi for $17-20USD. Once you get to the Portal, go to Casasola bus agency, the ticket is 140 lampiras. Don't expect a big bus with A/C, they are small 30 passenger vans, which during the way to Copan will stop several times to pick up and drop passengers, so it could get crowded. It is a 4hr ride. Second option, shuttle, private rides, can go around $150-300usd, but they are comfortable and will get to Copan in about 3hrs or less. Third option, rent a car, the rental for a small car goes from 60$ a day insurance and taxes already included. Some people say that taking the Hedman Alas is the best, well maybe that was the case a few years ago, not anymore, they don't leave on time and some buses have even broken down on the way to Ruinas. To me the best option if I did the trip again, is to rent a car. Once in Copan Ruinas, two full days are plenty to see all the highlights. We had a great time, people are very nice and it is safe. Go to the ruins, Luna Jaguar Hotsprings, sunflower gardens, tea and chocolate tour, go around town, ride a mototaxi, drink local beers. Enjoy Honduras!
Written 21 March 2022
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klemi
Oak Ridge, TN545 contributions
On group tour and had excellent guide to help us understand the ruins. This is site I have been wanting to visit for a long time, was not disappointed.
Written 15 March 2022
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K. William Kelly
Roatan, Honduras474 contributions
After visiting Tikal two years ago, I was concerned I'd be disappointed in Copan. I was wrong. Copan is a magical place. The structures individually tell a story. The carvings and art are mind blowing. Be sure to visit this historical place.
Written 2 February 2022
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harry w
Burlington, Canada1,052 contributions
We shopped and window shopped through the town and weekend market. There was lots to see and the people were very welcoming. There was great coffee (San Rafael), reasonable prices for hand painted hats and shirts and good dining.
Written 29 January 2022
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Luke W
Island of Malta, Malta40 contributions
Friends
A quaint cobblestone town, which is peaceful and safe to walk around in the day or night.

There are a number of restaurants and bars as well as a nice colonial style plaza and old church.

The impressive Mayan ruins are about a 10 to 15 minute walk from the town centre and are definitely worth a visit
Written 21 January 2022
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Kody G
Denver, CO122 contributions
The Copan Mayan ruins have been on my list for quite some time and they did not disappoint! A friend and I drove from Santa Ana, El Salvador to the ruins (and back) in a day. Although nothing to do with the ruins, the border crossings at Guatemala and Honduras were generally straight forward, easy, and quick, so would recommend doing this if you have a car in the general vicinity. The parking is free and there are guides waiting in the parking lot, if you so choose to use them (we declined). We paid the $15 fee to get into the park and followed the path to the actual entrance site where they'll check your tickets. You follow the path around to the right, entering the jungle and hearing all sorts of birds, bringing the jungle to life. After walking up some stone steps, you're greeted by a large, beautiful temple. It was amazing at first glance! The path winds around the whole complex, allowing you to get up close to the ruins and many times the path leads you on top of them by climbing up the stones (probably not great for preservation purposes). One of our favorite things was the "residential complex," which was down a hill after the first temple. It was lush green with many half-built structures. On further, the nearly closed-in arena is gorgeous with wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. Following the curved path, now on the level about halfway up the first temple you came across, you will find some stairs to go down to the large grassy area with a few smaller temples. Before going down these stairs, turn right and climb up the temple. There is a cut out lookout area, that gives a beautiful view of the grassy area with temples below and mountains in the background (see photos). The visit ended with a wonderful surprise - countless red and rainbow macaws flying around, perched in the trees, and at the feeding areas. Although the birds are clearly now dependent on receiving food, it did really add to the experience. I would highly, highly recommend these ruins!
Written 9 November 2021
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Phil G
London, UK36 contributions
A large site that can be access with just a short walk (or even shorter taxi ride) from Copan.

Really open and accessable with loads of acient architecture to see. It's on a big scale and this site is the main reason everyone comes to Copan.

You can walk around yourself and there are plenty of signs but to get the most from the site from a historic information perspective it would be best to have a guide.

Aside from the ruins there is a lot of wildlife to see, especially the scarlet macaws which have been reintroduced to the site and are nesting in special nesting boxes.

There's a lot to see here and it can get hot at times so best to take your time to see everything.
Written 31 July 2021
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Miles Archer
Boca Raton, FL7,323 contributions
Solo
This was a Pre-Classic and Classic period site. At its peak there were some 20,000 inhabitants spread out over an area of dozens of square miles. There are step pyramids here, as well as an acropolis, stelae, residences, ball courts. Lots to see. I've been a Mayanist for decades, having visited other Mayan ruins and having taken courses on the Maya. I was well read up on Copan. I didn't need a guide. This site is not as spectacular as, say, Tikal, but its well worth a visit.
Written 10 July 2021
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JetFuelandJasmine
Denver, CO161 contributions
We were so sad about our very lackluster experience. We arrived late in the day and took the only tour guide left. Unfortunately, he told us very little and we had to drag info out of him. It made me sad because there is so much great history to learn about this amazing place.

It is beautiful, but I felt like there was so much more to learn and know. The macaws in the wild were the most amazing thing to see there. We loved that part!
Written 15 May 2021
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