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Mayan Ruins, Copan, Honduras

Copan and The Western Highlands

West of the bustling capital city of Tegucigalpa, lies a tranquil region of colonial towns and villages nestled into an expanse of split fertile valleys, pine-clad mountains and cascading waterfalls.

Many local villages are home to the descendants of those who fought alongside Lempira against Spanish Conquistadors in the early 16th century.

Life within these Lenca communities has remained virtually unchanged for generations. Expect a genuinely warm welcome and observe traditional farming methods and production of quality handicrafts such as pottery and straw woven goods. The town of Copan Ruinas is noteworthy not only for its steep cobblestone streets and numerous hiking trails but also for Honduras’s premier Mayan archaeological site, Copan, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Hacienda San Lucas £££££

  • Honduras

Nestled in the hills above the tranquil Cop¡n Valley, Hacienda San Lucas is a 100-year old family-owned retreat uniquely situated directly above the world-renowned Maya ruins of Cop¡n. There is a wide assortment of cultural and natural attractions nearby, including museums, nature parks, coffee plantations, hot springs, and exciting hikes. Hacienda San Lucas reflects the gentle charms of the picturesque town of Copan Ruina, where many are content to sit and simply enjoy watching the townsfolk pass by, and listening to the local musicians.

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La Casa Rosada £££££

  • Honduras
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

La Casa Rosada is located in Copan Ruinas, just two blocks from central park and less than a mile from the magnificent archaeological site, where the legacy of the Maya can be found. La Casa Rosada is a Spanish colonial-style inn, decorated with antiques and local fine art. This hotel has five nicely decorated rooms. Every room has a private bath with a steam shower, television, CD/DVD player, telephone, and air conditioning.

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Marina Copan Hotel £££££

  • Honduras
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

Located in the heart of the tranquil town of Copan Ruinas, the Marina Copan Hotel overlooks the attractive central square. This was the first hotel to be built in the area and was constructed on the site of a former colonial home. Over the years, the hotel has played host to generations of Maya enthusiasts. The 40 charming rooms are decorated in a graceful colonial style. There is a pool, an international restaurant and a bar that regularly hosts live marimba music.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

John Faithfull

John was fortunate enough to be guided around the beautiful Maya site of Copan by renowned archaeologist David Sedat, who was a member of the team that unearthed three royal tombs, including that of “The Lady in Red”.
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