Copan Ruinas

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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Kody G
Denver, CO104 contributions
Amazing!
Oct 2021
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 November 9, 2021
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Phil G
London, UK36 contributions
It's all about the ruins!
May 2021
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 July 31, 2021
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Bunmaster2014
Boca Raton, FL6,877 contributions
COPAN MAYAN RUINS
Jul 2021 • 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 July 10, 2021
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JetFuelandJasmine
Denver, CO159 contributions
Bad tour guide and lackluster experience
May 2021
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 May 15, 2021
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada19,934 contributions
The plaza, the high ground & the macaws :)
Feb 2020
With my time just about equally split between the "spacious rectangular" main plaza (or Gran Plaza as it's called) and the high-ground Acropolis area, it really was somewhat of an excitement I would say: going up about 4 small pyramids of Gran Plaza with some structures to walk "in & around" two of them, with also just near the bottom of those two small pyramids a "big hieroglyphic" stairway (under a canvas cover but its fine features all visible from the bottom to the top); then being up above the Acropolis among both its "structures & nature" as I would put it with "a good number" of trees in a close proximity to the structures and just generally around that high ground (although just due to some of those trees is not being able to get a great view of Gran Plaza down below, as I guess likely was the case at the time of the Mayans suggested by the painting placed right at that spot featuring a Mayan king with his subordinates looking down over the Plaza), followed by the walk down to another rectangular one called Jaguar Plaza (just part of the Acropolis with actually a pretty great "unobstructed view" in one direction from just above that plaza but where I skipped the "tunnel underneath" for another $15 costing just "exactly as much as" the site itself!), then finally all the way around the Acropolis to another smaller plaza with a "fairly sizeable" pyramid on one side (not for going up though unlike those on Gran Plaza) & a "terraced structure" on another side with a "row of doorways" leading to small rooms or such (which are seemingly open but kind of hard to get to which I just got a "pretty close" view while coming down the terraces of that structure). And yes, really no less important about this site apart from the structures on the site grounds (actually what I would call the "uniquely memorable" feature of this site among all the "ruin sites" visited) are these beautiful "bright-and-multi-colored" macaws with the entire site grounds open to them but most of them to be seen right above & around the fence located just before getting to the site's "core area" (which yes is Gran Plaza with the Acropolis right beside), and somehow maybe due to timing or such was seeing "a lot more" of them on my way out than upon arrival.

Among the 6 "major ruin sites" visited, this site in its "forest-like setting" (for both a walk through like forested grounds of the site to its "core area" & kind of the "tree-plentiful" nature of that area) is one I would group together with Tikal in Guatemala, while in another group due to the "open-ground setting" of each of them are the other four sites (namely Xunantunich in Belize and Mexico's Tulum, Chichen-Itza & Teotihuacan).

While staying at the village of Copan Ruinas (after the ride of 7 or 8 hours from Tegucigalpa on the Hedman Alas bus with also a "transfer station" in between), it was just about a 10-minute walk to this site from the "east gate" of the village (with a 'Bienvenidos' sign above, quite an amazing "mural scene" along a wall just inside the gate & a small bridge over a narrow water outside the gate) but where there's also a "tuk-tuk option", followed by just about a 5-minute walk from its "ticket building" through the forested grounds but just a "thin forest" with also a well-designated path and where along the way apart from the macaws (as mentioned above) are also some turkeys and yes also some small vertical "stele plates" or such just before getting to the site's core (with also a number of them on Gran Plaza).
Written November 29, 2020
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BryceKid
Cannonville, UT16 contributions
Dream come true
Mar 2020
I have wanted to visit these Mayan Ruins my entire life. They were everything i was hoping for and more. Highly recommend.
Written March 29, 2020
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WhiteMouseBurrow
Moscow, Russia2,343 contributions
Great Historic Site - Must See
Mar 2020
A huge number of well-preserved bas-reliefs and steles. A large number of large parrots live in the ruins.
Written March 13, 2020
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viajarwithmike
Murfreesboro, TN285 contributions
Mind boggling history
This is my second time to visit the ruins. It was just as fascinating the second time. It is well worth the money to have a tour guide. A
Our guide Giovanni did an excellent job. do some research prior to going on the tour so that you can understand what he's talking about during the tour
Written March 1, 2020
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pennwoodpete
Pa.217 contributions
See all your able to see!
Feb 2020
Get a good guide and be prepared to walk...I mean walk get distances...miles this day. I your shaky remember what ever you climb you must come down. Few railings and widely spaced steps. No services inside the fence. Take water and snack would be wise. See the museam at the end worth the small expense.
Written February 22, 2020
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BCsaralou
Vancouver, Canada300 contributions
Interesting Mayan site.
Feb 2020 • Friends
The main site is well worth the 15$ entry fee. They should not up charge you to see the museum though. I would not pay the 15$ more to see the tunnels its not worth it. The carvings are very nice.
Written February 13, 2020
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