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Honduras: Copan

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Copán is one of the most impressive Mayan ruins in Mesoamerica and lies at the eastern limit of the empire.  It is not as immense as the sites of Tikal (Guatemala) or Chichén Itzá (Mexico) but here, beneath the tentacles of greedy jungle vegetation, the craftsmanship has survived the vagaries of time - most impressively the intricate carvings of 21 stone columns, or stelae. distributed among the temples and ball courts. The renowned hieroglyphic stairway has 1,250 blocks carved with glyphs - the longest inscribed text in the New World.  Copán fell into decline soon after its apogée in the 8th century.

Our holidays to Copan

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Ruins at Copan Honduras

Signature Honduras: Jungle, islands and Mayan ruins

Private journey

11 days from £2,289pp

Honduran mountains

Guatemala and Honduras uncovered

Private journey

14 days from £3,390pp

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Alcion: Central America Discovery

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tikal

Treasures of Central America: Heritage of the Aztec and Mayan Empires

Private journey

18 days from £4,675pp

Things to do in Copan

Visit Lancatilla Botanical Gardens

Visit Lancetilla Botanical Gardens

Go Horse Riding

Horse riding in Honduras


Visit the Ruins of Copán

Visit the Mayan ruins of Copan

Our insider tips for Copan

Chris

Chris Rendell-Dunn

Avoiding the crowds with an early morning (8am) visit to the rainforest-stifled Mayan ruins. You can then wander in peace to admire the grand plaza and the hieroglyphic stairway climbing the side of a pyramid.

Rafe Stone

Rafe Stone

Visiting the excellent Museum of Mayan Sculpture at the site, arguably the best collection in the Mayan world. Some of the original stelae are protected in here, with copies at the site itself.
Jim

Jim Ashworth

Enjoying a few hours discovering the little town of Copán Ruinas, just over 1km from the ruins (15mins on foot via a raised walkway). Visit the baroque church in the restful, somewhat bucolic, Parque Central.
Nicola Gude

Nicola Gude

Seeking out the butterfly and bird parks on the edge of town.

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