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The Copán ruins are set in the hills in the west of Honduras, near the border with Guatemala and can be easily incorporated into a trip combining the two countries.

The ruins mark the southeastern limit of Mayan dominance and are the most significant in Honduras.

Street stalls, CopanAs with many of Central America’s archeological sites they were buried in jungle when rediscovered in 1839. The site was cleared in the 1930s to reveal intricately carved stelae (three meter columns of stone), a hieroglyphic stairway and several ball courts.

The nearby town of Copán Ruinas is a quiet and charming settlement with cobbled streets: a perfect place to while away some time before or after visiting the ruins.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Copán

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Copán, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Copán

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    Places near Copán

    Accommodation choices for Copán

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Copán. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • La Casa Rosada, Copán

      La Casa Rosada

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      La Casa Rosada, located in the heart Copán is a lovely newly restored colonial style inn, beautifully decorated with antiques and fine art throughout.

    • Hacienda San Lucas, Copan

      Hacienda San Lucas

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      Hacienda San Lucas is a beautiful 100-year-old family-owned hacienda, excellent food and a welcoming friendly atmosphere.

    Ideas for experiencing Copán

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Copán, and which use the best local guides.

    • Horse trekking at the Finca

      Finca El Cisne

      Copán

      Carlos' family owns the farm, and he takes you on a tranquil horseback ride through the farmlands and beautiful scenery of the Copán valley followed by a hearty farmhouse lunch cooked by Carlos' mother.

    • Underground Mayan temples at Copan

      Copán Archeological Site

      Copán

      A guided tour of the beautiful archeological site of Copán, marking the most southerly point of the Maya Empire. Discovered in 1570 by Diego García de Palacio, the ruins of Copán were not excavated until the 19th century.