Step back into a time where the Maya lived an enchanted life as you walk along the cobblestoned streets of Copán. This quaint town is one of the hidden treasures of Honduras and offers you the opportunity to bask in the beauty of a simplistic and intriguing colonial time. With the charm of the town showcased in every white building and inspired artwork, Copán is a destination that will have every visitor falling in love with the history, culture and natural charisma of Honduras.
Whether you want to embrace the history of Mayan civilisation or you want to discover the world of macaws and their tropical surroundings, Copán Ruinas is the perfect place for an incredible adventure.
The History of Copán Ruinas
Copán Ruinas was the capital city of a Classic Period Kingdom between the 5th and the 9th centuries. It was occupied for thousands of years and boasted a distinct architectural and sculptural style. The city undertook many historical events, including the demise of one of their greatest kings, Uaxaclajuun Ub’aah K’awiil. This historic leader was captured and executed by the king of Quiriguá. This resulted in a 17 year hiatus at the city as well as a reversal of fortunes.
The city has recently been remodelled and renovated back to its former glory and remains an exceptional piece of the Mayan history. With most of the city being designed to showcase the region’s rich history it is an extraordinary destination for history enthusiasts.
Accomodation in Copán Ruinas
Enjoy the warmth and excitement of Honduras’ hospitality as you enjoy the vacation of a lifetime in Copán Ruinas. This majestic city has a number of accommodation options in and around the city centre. With luxury hotels, beautiful lodges and cosy hostels sprinkled throughout the region you are guaranteed to find the perfect accommodation for the perfect vacation!
Attractions in and around Copán Ruinas
The city of Copán Ruinas is renowned for its enchanting history with a number of attractions designed to showcase the various elements of the city’s story. History enthusiasts will find themselves enthralled by the intriguing attractions, including the hieroglyphic staircases, to the pyramid over the Rosalila Temple, Main Square and the Mayan Ball Court. The Museo de Arqueologia and the Sitio Arqueologico Rastrojon are prime examples of attractions that offer visitors a first-hand look into the Mayan world, so be sure to make the most of these two museums.
Whether you want to see Honduras on a sightseeing tour or you would enjoy a horseback tour through Copán Ruinas, you are bound to find the perfect way to discover the city and its surroundings. Along with the sculpture museums, renovated plazas and amphitheatres there are also a number of intriguing attractions and fun excursions. Perhaps you’d like to enjoy the Tea and Chocolate Place or visit the Luna Jaguar Hot Spring.
Nature lovers will also enjoy the breath-taking sights and sounds of the Macaw Mountain Bird Park and Nature Reserve, as well as the many hiking trails open to the public. No matter what type of vacation you are planning on having in Copán Ruinas, you can rest assured that you will find something to captivate you from the moment you arrive.