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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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It is a really great town to walk, because is small and nice. I love the architecture and of course the site is amazing.

Thank Lorenmargt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small Mayan site. It is not very busy, so you can walk around without crowds. Lots of macaus flying around at the entrance of the park!

Thank Alice V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had seen Mayan ruins before at Tikal and Yaxha but these ones were not just a repeat from the previous ones. There are lots of stellae to see and hieroglyphs too. The tunnels are interesting and we were alone to visit them but the...More

Thank froufrou121
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having come from Tikal and Yaxhá in northern Guatemala, what a surprise to hear that I could walk 1 km from the edge of town and explore at my own pace! The ruins are all right there for you - no trekking through paths within...More

Thank drewmangroup
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The ruins of Copan are clearly the main attraction of the area and of mainland Honduras. A must see to anyone visiting the country. I will only through in my small insight, plan to be there around 12:30 when they feed the Macaws (near the...More

1  Thank חגית מ
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The ruins area is well kept. Visitor center staff is helpful. There are a couple of gift shops in there. Toilets are available for visitors. Parking space at no charge. Ticket included a small museum at the town centre. Def recommend visiting Copan Ruinas. Great...More

Thank AnnGoesTo
Reviewed 8 August 2018

I did not enjoy the visit. It is a boring place and not worth the 15$ USD. IF you visited mexico or guatemala ( ruins) , they are 1000x nicer than the copan ruinas.More

Thank Abdullah E
CopanRuinas, Public Relations Manager at Copan Ruinas, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2018

Sorry to hear you got bored!! travel so far to get bored is sad to hear.. As honduras we have a saying that goes: .. " If you never get bored everywhere you go.. then you are not a boring person, the spirit of great...More

Reviewed 8 August 2018

I have visited three times in the past and have always had a good relaxing time from watching the people and shopping and just being. My favorite place is the plaza, Around the corner is a coffee shop,. If I remember correctly the cafe San...More

Thank Dennis E
CopanRuinas, Guest Relations Manager at Copan Ruinas, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2018

Hello Dennis E. Thank your for your great review. We are most pleased to hear you are a comeback visitor. yes the roads are being upgraded by the minute and by mid next year we are all excited and just waiting for that moment to...More

Reviewed 6 August 2018

Having been to Tikal, Chichen Itza and Tulum Maya ruins we found the Copan ruin with the restored carvings to be an absolute top site. What I did not realize about the ancient culture in the other Maya ruins came to live here. The museum...More

1  Thank Helle F
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

Honestly, if you are planning to go from Pedro Sula, make sure you give yourself 4-5 hours. It’s NOT 2.5-3 hours like most say. The road is one lane and filled with trucks, not to mention the construction once you get to Copan- 1.5 hours...More

Thank Meeshmartin
CopanRuinas, Manager at Copan Ruinas, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2018

Hello Meeshmartin Yes your are correct. most unfortunate we are for being the last remote city of the whole country. for many years we as copanecos claimed and almost begged for a new road, contant repairs were made as the new project for a new...More

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3 November 2017|
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Response from Stef K | Reviewed this property |
I would say the latest you can go is around 1 pm , because the walk can take a couple hours. After that if going to the museum or the gift shop you must be heading back home since its starting to get dark and more dangerous... More
Trevor B
Hi all. My wife, 3 year old twin daughters, 5 year old daughter and myself will be traveling to Roatan in October. We originally thought to spend 10-14 days in Roatan. We are going for a wedding. We planned to stay at the Clarion in French Harbor with access to Little French Key during the wedding for the first half of the trip. We then planned to move over to West Bay for the next half. Now we are considering using the 2nd half of the trip to go visit Copan Ruinas. The town sounds like it would be a nice place to visit and the ruins would be pretty cool to check out. It would be a way to see more of the country and culture. We would take a 2pm ferry from Roatan to La Ceiba, then get a rental car. I would like to drive straight to Copan Ruinas that day but I don't think we can get there before dark. So we would spend the night in La Ceiba or San Pedro Sula and finish the drive to Copan the next day. For those that have done this before, is that an ok plan?Your thoughts? I've read the road to Copan from San Pedro can be bumpy or confusing. We don't mind a bumpy road. I've also read mixed reviews about San Pedro, but we both grew up in cities and aren't afraid of them as long as we are being smart about our travels. We just want to make sure we are being wise, especially bringing along our 3 daughters. The bus is an idea, but we feel like we have more freedom with a car, and we don't think the girls would be keen on a 8 hour bus ride. We are booked to fly into Roatan but have not planned our route home. In short we would ferry from Roatan to La Ceiba, make the trip to Copan Ruinas, either spending a night in La Ceiba or San Pedro Sula. Spend 3 days in Copan Ruinas, not including travel days, then drive to San Pedro Sula to catch a flight home. We would probably have to spend another night in San Pedro Sula before we fly home. Is the trip with the 3 kids worth it to go see Copan Ruinas, or would you all recommend maximizing our time in Roatan? What are your experiences in making the drive to Copan Ruinas? I know there is also a lot that can be seen just in Roatan as well. We would like to see the culture of Honduras, whether we go to Copan Ruinas or just stay in Roatan. Thanks! Trevor
12 September 2017|
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Response from TravelinGal2010 | Reviewed this property |
I second Explorer 1's recommendation to hire a driver. You don't want to be alone anywhere along the road. In Copan, you may want to stay at Hacienda El Jamon on the east side. It is a former working ranch with cabanas and... More