Copán Ruinas

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Casa K'inich Children's Museum

The Casa K'inich Children's Museum (Museo Escolar) is a unique museum that was opened in 2002. To celebrate its tenth anniversary for 2012 the museum has been updated and new exhibits and interactive displays have been added. This museum is in three languages (English, Spanish, and Maya Chorti) and is the only children's museum of its kind situated at close proximity to a Maya Ruin. The museum's totally interactive exhibits will help the visitor (adults and children alike) understand the glyphs at the ruins, what happened to the Maya, and shows how the Maya built their buildings along with a description of the famous Maya ballgame among many other subjects. Not to be missed the museum only takes an hour or two to visit and the location has a beautiful view of the Copan Valley. Groups are welcome and student groups can call for and appointment or even have food set up during their visit. Ask for Londin Velasquez the museum's dynamic director.

Luna Jaguar Aguas Termales

is a natural hot springs spa under an hour's drive (25km) from Copán Ruinas. Several man-made pools of differing temperatures mimic Mayan structures and are fed by the hot springs. A variety of adventure tour companies will take you there for $10/person plus $60/group, which is outrageous considering the alternatives. For cheaper transportation, pickups and minibuses congregate at the soccer field (right before the bridge on the way to the ruins). Gather a group together, and you might negotiate a pickup for $50. They may be willing to wait up to 3 hours for you. Even better, be patient, and a (tiny) seat in a minibus is only L35 each way. To get back to town, start walking, and a minibus will pass before long. The drive is very scenic, so enjoy it! One can easily spend the whole day at Luna Jaguar, but bring your own food. Massages available.

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La Casa Rosada -Bed & Breakfast

Conveniently located two blocks from central park and one kilometer (0.6 miles) from the Mayan archeological site. The hotel has 5 rooms. All rooms have private baths with steam showers, dual head showers, bidets, and a selection of natural hand-made soaps and shampoos. Each room has a DVD/CD player, flat screen LCD TVs with cable, a small refrigerator, A/C and ceiling fan, and 100% cotton linens. The place is beautifully decorated and creates a very relaxing atmosphere. Guests are offered a selection of cigars and fine wine.

SLEEP   —  +504 2651-4324 —  Map

Hotel Ch'orti

Funded through CONIMCHH, the indigenous Ch’ortí Maya organization, your stay here will help support Honduras’ indigenous population. The facilities feature clean, private rooms with en suite bathrooms, free high speed wi-fi, hot showers, picturesque mountain views, free cable, and access to purified water. Just a five minute walk from the center of Copán Ruinas, down the block from La Iguana Azul. The rooms could use a fresh coat of paint and are sometimes stuffy, but get the job done.

SLEEP   —  +504 2651-4694 —  Map


Six rooms each with either private full size terrace, private garden or private balcony. Hammock, a/c, ceiling fan, Egyptian cotton linens, lovely handcrafted hardwood furniture, wood beamed ceilings, library, full breakfasts included in rate, massage pavilion, outdoor shower, free wireless internet, internet jack in each guest room, garden, complimentary coffee, tea and iced tea. Spectacular views from guest rooms.

SLEEP   —  +504 2651-4623 —  Map

Macaw Mountain

is an excellent bird sanctuary a short (L20/person) mototaxi ride from el Centro. The price may seem steep, but the sanctuary is commendable for its beautiful location, free tours in English, swimming hole, and obviously healthy, well cared-for birds. As of January 2011, the birds that are being rehabilitated are brought out for holding at 3PM. The ticket is valid for 3 days, so come back and swim for free.

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Hotel los Jaguares

Small family run hotel on the main plaza with about 10 rooms. Large rooms with TV, AC and private bath with hot water. Fast wifi. Parking. Free purified water. Very pleasant, helpful and friendly staff. Single / Double US$35/40. (504) 2651 - 4451 or 2651 4075. or

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Horseback Rides

can take you to La Pintada, a Maya Chorti village, and to Los Sapos, which is a small ruin not included in the archaeological park. La Pintada is interesting but overrated, while Los Sapos, though very small, is fascinating with a good guide. It's a 10 minute walk down to the river where you can swim for free.

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La Casa de Café

10 room B&B in two wings each with private hot water bath, wood paneled ceiling, ceiling fan, writing desk, night table w/ reading lamp and an oversized picture window which looks out onto a great view of the Copán River Valley, the distant mountains and La Casa de Café's own lovely tropical garden.

SLEEP   —  +504 2651-4620 —  Map

Posada Real de Copán

Located 2 kilometer (0.6 miles) from Copán Ruinas and Sepulturas. A little far away from town (3 kilometer - 2 miles). Big rooms, private bath with hot water. Restaurant and Pool & Jacuzzi. Free scheduled shuttle service to town and Ruinas/Sepulturas.

SLEEP   —  +504 2651-4480 —  Map

Iguana Azul

An excellent hostel a short walk from el Centro. Dorm beds in small rooms L170, private single $16 private double L380. Run by an American couple, free purified water and good information on the area. Very quiet at night. Highly recommended!

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Barcito- beautiful food, fun atmosphere. I got the jalapeño hummus with homemade bread, and the kebbhes (middle eastern meatballs), two margaritas and a pack of cigarettes for L225. A little more than $10.

EAT   —  Annapolis

Copan Association Gift Shop

This shop has a really good variety of gifts, tshirts and souvenirs from the Copan area. Located inside the Visitor's Center of the Ruins of Copan they also sell water and soft drinks.

Hotel Marina Copán

Located in the center of town, a family owned and operated property established in 1945, this hotel is known for its history, nice architecture and good services. It has 49 rooms.

Don Udo´s

An open restaurant with garden patio and full service menu. The steaks are best known, but there is a large a-la-carte menu with special dishes and snacks.

EAT   —  +504 6514533 —  Avenida Mirador

Cafe San Rafael

Excellent coffee and panini sandwiches, but best known for their farmstead hand-made gourmet cheese, available nowhere else in Honduras. Not to be missed.

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Restaurant Glifos

Local and international cuisine, the highest quality steaks, pastas, soups, salads, affordable buffet breakfast and delicious desserts.

sol de copan

Very good German food, but the real attraction is the beer - excellently crafted, filtered, and some of the best you'll have, anywhere.

DRINK   —  +504 26514758 —  Barrio Buena Vista

Hotel San José

The cheapest place in town. The rooms are unattractive but clean with shared (and not so clean) bathrooms.

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Canopy/zip line

Copán has one of the world's longest zip lines, including one about 1,000 meters (3,200 feet) long.

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Hotel Marbella

Clean rooms with private bathrooms and fans. Also has more expensive rooms with A/C.

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Hotel Graditas Mayas

Located two blocks west from the central park. It offers 15 comfortable rooms.

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Sol de Copan German Brewery & Restaurant

Brewery, German Beer on tap, German & Honduran Kitchen

Centro de Mariposas

is a butterfly sanctuary located just outside town.

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