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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  • Robbert L
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands2,221 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A marrvellous day
    We ve been in Tikal and various Mayan sites in Mexico. Great Mayan site in Copan. We were there at 800 when the doors opened so we had the first half hour the whole site for ourselves. After that some groups came in but still a low amount of visitors which adds to the peaceful experience. Beautiful ruins. Marvellous day. With rhe same ticket we also visited Las Sepulturas (less beautiful, approximately a 10 to 15 minute walk). The birds (woodpeckers, aracari s, etc) and the many gorgeous red blue yellow ara s added to the experience. A great day. We went in 8.00, we left around 14.30.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 14, 2023
  • adnila
    Mechelen, Belgium81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Maya site worth a visit
    We have been visiting several maya sites this one was on our list and did not disappoint. The site is well maintained having both the beautiful nature around with his protected scarlet macaws and restauration of the ancient constructions. At the entrance guides offer their expertise for about 30$ however they are not pushing their service. It took us about 1h30 minutes to get around.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 23, 2024
  • Love to Travel
    Potters Bar, United Kingdom803 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not the biggest or best, but great anyway
    Interesting Mayan ruins. You will be distracted on the way in by the birds. It is good to get the photos out of the way so you can concentrate on the ruins. The ruins are not as impressive (in my eyes) when compared to Tikal and Chichinista, but are substantial none the less. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the site. I was with a group, and we had engaged a tour guide. Personally, I prefer to explore independently, not being massively interested in all the dates and names given, but the rest of the group seemed happy with his service and I was able to wander off and explore when I inevitably lost interest in the detail.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 31, 2024
  • Athena53
    Kansas City, Missouri1,831 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Out of the Way but Worth It
    This is a World Heritage Site in a small city with no airport but it’s a must-see and I rarely say that. I recommend getting a good local guide since the signage is sparse and you need to understand the history. Some of the discoveries were found on multiple levels below what you see (accessed by tunnels) but there’s plenty above ground including an amazing hieroglyphic staircase and a pyramid you’re permitted to climb. It’s also a bird sanctuary and beautiful macaws are all over. Definitely worth a visit (and so is the nearby museum) if you’re interested in the Mayas.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written April 25, 2024
  • Thecatsmum4
    Kettering, United Kingdom2,614 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Mayan Ruins
    Plenty to see on this site which educates on the Mayan way of life. Its a reasonable size without being too large so you can walk around it all. Do use a local guide as you will miss so much and if you have a chance then read a bit up on it before your visit. (We were a tour group with a private guide so can't advise on who to use). Easily accessable from Copan via tuk tuk or taxi - a 10 minute ride. There is also a museum on site and a further site situated a short taxi drive away, should you feel the inclination to explore further. It does get hot in the middle of the day and there is little shade also the loos are back at the reception area - but that isn't too far a walk if you need a break. Well preserved you get a good understanding of the lives of Mayans in the past. There are many intricate carvings on the site also. There is a model in the reception area and a map as you commence your tour which show how the original buildings would have stood. Added bonus are the macaw parrots you walk by enroute to the site.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written April 28, 2024
  • Jan J
    27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Maya archeological site in Copan Ruinas
    We visited Copan Ruinas for two days/nights from Guatemala. Border was relatively easy, but we had to do Guatemala and Honduras twice. We stayed at hotel Maria Magdalena, probably the best available at that time. The hotel is in the center of town and has reasonable accommodations and very helpful staff. Two good restaurants were in easy walking distance and we used one. The town center is charming with a church, fountain and plenty of scarlet macaws. The reason to visit Copan Ruinas was obviously to visit the Mayan archeological site, which was very impressive and definitely worth the detour. We spent about 4 hours there with a local guide.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 5, 2024
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K. William Kelly
Roatan, Honduras463 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
After visiting Tikal two years ago, I was concerned I'd be disappointed in Copan. I was wrong. Copan is a magical place. The structures individually tell a story. The carvings and art are mind blowing. Be sure to visit this historical place.
Written February 2, 2022
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Sandra Artist
London, UK414 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
If you love the Mayan culture, Copán is on your list! It's easily reached from Guatemala with a private car and accomodation is very reasonable in this safe, lovely little town.
Get to the archeological site early ,it opens at 8 am and gets quite hot after 10 am.
You can stroll on foot, for about one kilometre, see birds and lovely trees on the way,or take a tuktuk. Take water and wear sun protection.
The site is huge, take your time to hire a local, knowledgeable guide: today we had the pleasure to have Gladys! Her English was perfect for my husband who doesn't speak Spanish, she has deep professional knowledge of the stelas and pyramids, digging in progress and symbols of this wonderful ancient culture.
Take time to savour the views,climb pyramids and understand the Mayan culture.
This is a gem! In the middle of a beautiful National park. You will see macaws close, agouti and beautiful wild birds too.
Written January 25, 2023
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Michael W
Redding, CT1,735 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
I didn’t know about this site prior to our tour of Central America but it was pretty impressive. It would be very interesting to se it when much more excavation and restoration has been carried out as approx 75% of the ruins are still buried. The carved staircase is a real highlight and we were told is the biggest stone carving in the world.
Written November 16, 2022
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Miles Archer
Boca Raton, FL7,160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Thecatsmum4
Kettering, UK2,614 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Plenty to see on this site which educates on the Mayan way of life. Its a reasonable size without being too large so you can walk around it all. Do use a local guide as you will miss so much and if you have a chance then read a bit up on it before your visit. (We were a tour group with a private guide so can't advise on who to use).

Easily accessable from Copan via tuk tuk or taxi - a 10 minute ride. There is also a museum on site and a further site situated a short taxi drive away, should you feel the inclination to explore further.

It does get hot in the middle of the day and there is little shade also the loos are back at the reception area - but that isn't too far a walk if you need a break.

Well preserved you get a good understanding of the lives of Mayans in the past. There are many intricate carvings on the site also. There is a model in the reception area and a map as you commence your tour which show how the original buildings would have stood.

Added bonus are the macaw parrots you walk by enroute to the site.
Written April 28, 2024
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adnila
Mechelen, Belgium81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We have been visiting several maya sites this one was on our list and did not disappoint.

The site is well maintained having both the beautiful nature around with his protected scarlet macaws and restauration of the ancient constructions.
At the entrance guides offer their expertise for about 30$ however they are not pushing their service.
It took us about 1h30 minutes to get around.
Written February 23, 2024
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Luke W
Island of Malta, Malta33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
A quaint cobblestone town, which is peaceful and safe to walk around in the day or night.

There are a number of restaurants and bars as well as a nice colonial style plaza and old church.

The impressive Mayan ruins are about a 10 to 15 minute walk from the town centre and are definitely worth a visit
Written January 21, 2022
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Robbert L
Amsterdam, The Netherlands2,221 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We ve been in Tikal and various Mayan sites in Mexico. Great Mayan site in Copan. We were there at 800 when the doors opened so we had the first half hour the whole site for ourselves. After that some groups came in but still a low amount of visitors which adds to the peaceful experience. Beautiful ruins. Marvellous day. With rhe same ticket we also visited Las Sepulturas (less beautiful, approximately a 10 to 15 minute walk). The birds (woodpeckers, aracari s, etc) and the many gorgeous red blue yellow ara s added to the experience. A great day. We went in 8.00, we left around 14.30.
Written August 14, 2023
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JetFuelandJasmine
Denver, CO136 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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pennwoodpete
Pa.210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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