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Copan Ruinas

The small, laid-back town of Copan Ruinas is where most travelers stay when they come to see the magnificent ruined Maya city of Copán. Traditionally simply a place to find a decent hostel for a night, the little town is reinventing itself as an eco-tourism destination in its own right, adding activities such as horseback riding, birdwatching and trips to the nearby hot springs.


Although tourism may be booming, the town is still small and relaxed, and the locals are hospitable and helpful. The numerous activities in Copan Ruinas are designed to lure visitors into staying on a few days longer, after they’ve seen the ruins. The area around the town is quite beautiful and if you have some extra time, you may want to consider doing some exploring.


Other places nearby Copan Ruinas: La Entrada, San Pedro Sula and Comayagua.

20 Nov 2008

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

The Ruins of Copan

101905The Ruins at Copan are believed to have been inhabited by the Maya as early as 1200 BC and are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not as impressive in size as Tikal in Guatemala or pre-Columbian ...
Ruin, Major Attraction
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

La Pintada - Horseback Riding

102612Perched on a mountainside, La Pintada offers a spectacular panorama of the town of Copan Ruinás and the main Mayan ruins just outside of town. The village is a step back to a simpler time. The ...
Cultural Tour
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruins Tour

106855 This is the reason for coming here, so it is best to do it properly. Entry to the site is pricey but it is worth splashing out even more for a guide, especially if you can get a group together to ...
Ruin, Adventure Tour Info.
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Museum of Sculpture

106858 This museum has been open on and off since 1999 and was closed until May 2006 to fit a new roof, which is now guaranteed for 40 years. It houses several of the key stelae and altars that were found ...
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Museo de ArqueologĂ­a Maya

106864 This museum is a good place to learn about the Mayan culture and, if possible, it is worth going before heading to the ruins so you can spot more while you are there. It takes about one-and-a-half ...
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Las Sepulturas

106865 Don't miss this interesting place just because it is not on the main site - as the location of many original homes it offers a great insight into how the Mayans of Copan went about their daily ...
Ruin, Adventure Tour
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Hot Springs

An hour's bumpy drive north of Copan you can find pleasant hot springs. Entrance is 30 L, or you can shell out 200 L for access to the spa, a far nicer experience. If you head down to the river take ...
Spa/Hot Springs
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Los Sapos

In the hilltops overlooking Copan is a small archaeological site traditionally referred to as the “birthing place” where studies suggest that the Mayans went to give birth. It is currently ...
Horseback Riding
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Macaw Mountain

Bird lovers visiting Copan might be interested in checking out Macaw Mountain, a pleasant bird park and nature reserve five minutes outside of the city. The park was founded by an American ...
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Enchanted Wings Butterfly House and Nature Exhibit

Just outside town, on the road to Guatemala, this five-terrace greenhouse is home to over 30 species of local butterflies. There are also a variety of tropical plants, including nearly 200 different ...
Other Activity
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Finca El Cisne

Although the various travel agencies around Copan offer several finca (farm) tours, Finca El Cisne offers the most authentic taste of rural Honduran life. The finca has been owned and run by the same ...
Horseback Riding
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
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