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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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to just wander around. If your historical buff get the guide. Lots of phot opportunities. I recommend getting there when they first open and you will have the place to yourself.

Thank davidfG5640OW
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

these mayan ruins have been really well preserved over the years. it's really fun and interesting to walk around in this place and learn about the history a little bit.

Thank normaattaway
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A really great place to visit in Copan i am impressed about the history & culture this place has. i reccommend to look for a guide in my opinion it is a bit expensive, however it is worth, every second at the ruis was magic....More

Thank damthomasude17
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The history of the Mayans is so interesting and the ruins have been beautifully preserved. Our guide gave us a lot of information and he was hilarious! Can’t remember his name but he was a short little Spanish man, a bit older. Definitely worth the...More

Thank SaintCara
Reviewed October 1, 2018

This is the highlight of the little town Copan. Most tourists who see Mayan ruins for the first time will be enthralled, however after seeing Tikkal and various other ruins in Mexico this was not the most exciting of all ruins. Nevertheless it's a must...More

Thank Julie_Muscat
Reviewed September 25, 2018

I went as a tourist, not as a historian or an archaeologist. If you are into Mayan ruins, then I suppose you’ll be impressed, but compared to Chichen Itza, this place isn’t all that great. If you’re in Copan, do still visit the ruins. Do...More

Thank UlstermaninNorfolk
Reviewed September 20, 2018

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 September 5, 2018

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 August 26, 2018 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

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Reviewed August 22, 2018 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

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November 2, 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
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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
September 12, 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
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