"Copán, and Copán Ruinas" Top 5 Page for this destination Copán by calcaf38

Copán Travel Guide: 221 reviews and 982 photos

Copán is the name of an exceptional archeological site near the Guatemala border. Somewhat confusingly, Copán Ruinas is the name of the charming town next to the ruins.

The town is more touristic than the other spots I visited in Honduras, but it is not as gentrified as, say, Antigua Guatemala.

The ruins are wonderful, and set within a magnificent park. I had the place almost to myself for hours, early in the morning. Copán may not be as dramatic as Tikal, but it has a trump card over its famous relative in the Petén: a fantastic museum, possibly the cleverest museum I ever visited.

There are frequent shuttles between Copán and Guatemala City / Antigua Guatemala. Therefore, it would be easy to append a quick side trip to Copán to a Guatemala vacation.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Ruins, a pleasant town, and good vibes
  • Cons:Scratch the surface a little and you discover dire poverty
  • In a nutshell:An essential destination in Central America
  • Last visit to Copán: Jun 2009
  • Intro Updated Aug 22, 2009
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    I also enjoyed visiting the ruins early in the morning when I was almost all alone! Copán is a lovely place to visit!

  • Oct 6, 2009 at 7:15 PM

    Going to Copan in January. Great tips!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Fine new tips on "the Athens of the new World" & its clever museum. Don't worry, we'll all forgive you if you have mixed up the throne of Smoke Imix with the chambers of 18 Rabbit. Great that you had a private coffee tour & went to the orphanage.


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