"Highlands of North Western Honduras" Honduras by BorderHopper

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Copan Ruinas

The road to Honduras began for us at 4 am in Antigua, Guatemala where we boarded a "share van" for the nearly 8 hour drive through Guatemala and into the mountain highlands of the Copan Valley in Honduras. I was travelling with my wife Wacharaporn and our 4 year old son McKinley on this leg of our Central America journey. We were joined by a bus full of Western backpackers and a few locals who were on the usual backpacker trail through Central America. After a desayuno stop at a roadside restaurant in Guatemala our only other stop was at the Honduran/Guatemalan border which was a simple post in the hills with a white line and swinging gate arm seperating the two nations. Once we entered the Copan Valley we came upon the small town of Copan Ruinas which is set on a hill side adjacent to the Rio Arcagual, and located only a few kilometers from the Mayan ruins which brought us to this part of Hinduras in the first place.

Mayan Ruins at Copan

We hired a "tuk tuk" taxi to take us to the archaeological site at Copan. We honestly didn't know what to expect from Copan and its Mayan ruins, but after seeing the place I'd have to say its one of the more spectacular Mayan sites I have seen. Tikal is grand, but Copan is intricate. My son followed the path into the park and brought us to the "Great Plaza" where we made our first impressions of Copan. I instantly knew that this would be a special place for us as i starred up at the Stelae of King 18 Rabbit & gazed upon the Mayan ball court off in the distance over a vast stretch of green, manicured grass. We spent hours exploring Copan.

Memories of Honduras

The people we encountered in this little pocket of Honduras were very friendly and kind to us. My son always finds a way to make friends & often it is him who opens the local people up to us. Our memories of Honduras and her people will endure in our hearts and I hope we will return one day to experience more of this wonderful country.

  • Last visit to Honduras: Oct 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2008 at 5:44 AM

    Sounds like you hade a great visit in Copan! I will visit Honduras next year and will defenitly go to Copan then.


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