Copan Ruinas, Copan Ruinas

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Visit the ancient Mayan city of Copan Ruinas, near the border with Guatemala. Inhabited for more than 2,000 years, the settlement reached its peak between the 5th and 9th centuries CE. Situated in a fertile river valley, the archaeological site sits at an elevation of 700 m (2,300 ft). Explore the extensive ruins renowned for their vast array of stelae, elaborately carved monuments of ancient leaders, and numerous hieroglyphs. Visit the onsite museum to admire an abundance of excavated relics and artifacts, as well as a reconstruction of a Mayan temple. Use our Copan Ruinas travel itinerary planner to visit Copan Ruinas on your trip to Copan Ruinas, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • One of the best trips. Me and my friends really enjoy this trip to Copan. Lovely people and beautiful places to go  more »
  • We’ve seen Tikal and Chichenitza and had to see Copan. It’s small, but the art work and the reproduction of the Rosario Temple are outstanding. The museum on site holds the temple plus original stela ...  more »
  • The most beautiful Mayan ruins in Latin America. In a wonderfully well maintained Park, along with parrots, the visit to the site is nice and magical. To enjoy the visit, a guide to the site is essential.
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  • Our tour of Copan began with a small site museum. From there we walked to the Principal Group consisting of a huge plaza and acropolis complex. The hieroglyphic stairway is awesome. The central plaza has numerous monumental stelae. On the acropolis there are a series of tunnels under several buildings that are open to tourists. The lighted tunnels allow you to see various construction stages where a new temple was built with a slightly different exterior shape upon an older existing temple. When walking across the central plaza a spectacular flock of macaws flew overhead squawking all the way. Copan is actively working to restore the presence of scarlet macaws. In summary visiting Copan is a serene and spiritual experience. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for good reasons.
  • Copán was truly amazing! I highly recommend making to trek out there. It is somewhat difficult to get there if you have limited time but Casasola bus is your best option.
  • Excellent ruins and really well maintained. Could spend all day walking around. Parrots as soon as you walk in we're amazing to see on their own. Would recommend the tour guide, you get so much information from the kings to the symbols and animals etc.
  • Had a wonderful experience exploring this once forgotten pre-columbian city situated in the jungle. Most amazing place complemented by an excellent museum nearby.
  • Must see in Copan. Go early for more beautiful pictures. At the entrance you can hire a guide if you want for around 20 dollars for 4 persons. Also big birds in the parc. Only the ruines are worth it, the other formulas were less interesting.

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