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Review of Copan Ruinas

Copan Ruinas
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US$188.99*
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Copán Day Trip from Antigua
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Copan Ruinas valley of Kings, Sacred Valley of the Red Scarlet Macaw. Copan Ruinas is an ancient city in the mayan Empire. Located in western honduras at just under 10 minutes from the border with Guatemala el Florido. More than 138,000 visitors came here in 2017, the lowest in years but with a slight increase in traffic in comaprison to 2015. | Many agree the bad condition of the road play an important role to this lack of traffic. Hopefully in 2018 will be better.
Reviewed 29 July 2014

We had small expectations on Copan, from other travellers advice we thought it wouldn't compare to Tikal or Palenque, it holds its own among the Mayan ruins we visited, the Carvings and hieroglyphs are amazing. The trees and wildlife here are also incredible.

Thank Eggo44
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Loved the macaws at the entrance. The setting is magical and I thought I might be disappointed after Tikal but it is a great site to see the intricate carvings on the stone. The museum is well worth the extra entrance fee as you get to experience a life size version of one of the inner temples.

Thank Penny C
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

What a little gem!! We were so surprised at the size and quality of these ruins. They have been so well preserved and it is certainly large enough to spend 3-4 hours walking around and appreciating the stones with calendar markings, statues of gods and rulers with incredible detailed and precise work still clear, and beautifully architectured temples and courtyards. It is really a treasure and I did not expect it to be so great!
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-Tour guides are $30 no matter how many people you have, so we just arrived and joined in with another family and split the cost between 12 of us...a real bargain!
-Tour guides are there waiting, so no need to book at your hotel. Our's was Miguel, and he was intelligent, friendly, charismatic, and spoke English and Spanish perfectly, even good Italian!
-We went on a Saturday, so there were a couple large school groups. We let them pass and then the place seemed almost empty. In many places, we were the only group. In others, some small groups dotted the landscape but it was not annoying or distracting from the site.
- Hot and sunny, bring water, hat, and maybe a small snack.
- If you are amazed by the guacayamas ( scarlet macaws) like I am, go visit Macaw Mountain!! See my review of that place.

1  Thank Namastekelly
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

This is a MUST stop location. It was amazing. There are also MANY more historical sites in the area other than the main campus. There are a couple of free locations near the Hacienda San Lucas and the CLARION Hotel.

Thank Josh I
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Very impressive. Smaller than Tikal but considering the heat and humidity that's ok. Used Mayan Temple Tours to get there and then had a second guide once we paid for admission to the ruins. I was recovering from a heart stent operation and these guys took extra good care of me with frequent rest stops. Easy climbing up and down the temple steps unless you are really short.
Stunning views of the jungle. Lots of colorful birds and lizards. Continuous archeological excavation so we plan to go back in a few years. Nearby town is fun to stay in with lots of Americans both as tourists and business owners.
Felt very safe. Very positive attitude towards American gringos by all the locals. English no problem.

Thank Mark E
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