The Mayan ruins at Copan are some of the most fascinating remnants of the Mayan classical period in Central Americaâ€¦and by far the best examples in Honduras.Â They are located on the western tip of Honduras near the border of Guatemala just outside the town of Copan.Â Yes, the ruins and the town share the same name.
The Copan Ruins are easily reached from major cities in Honduras.Â However it is typically faster to fly into Guatemala City and travel directly from Antigua.
Finding the Copan Ruins from Copan Town:
The town of Copan itself is pretty small and the ruins of Copan are conveniently located just outside it.Â From the north east corner of Copan thereâ€™s a walking trail that will lead you right to the ruins.Â It takes about 8 minutes on foot.Â Youâ€™ll know youâ€™re going the right way when you pass a river on your way out of the town.
This is the price list for foreigners. Â However, keep in mind that Honduras citizens have a separate price list that is nearly half the price.
- Archaeological Park and Las Sepulturas:Â $15 USD
- Sculpture Museum:Â $7 USD
- Archaeological Museum: Â $3 USD
- Tunnels Under Archaeological Park: Â $15 USD
The ruins themselves are great to see.Â Obviously thatâ€™s why you want to go in the first place.Â However the Sculpture Museum is a little dull if youâ€™re not an archaeology buff.Â Just be warned.
Once youâ€™ve had enough history for one day, you can easily spend the remainder of your time exploring the town itself.Â It wonâ€™t take long, but there are some nice restaurants and cafÃ©â€™s to hang out at.