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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

Guidebooks will tell you all you need to know about this fantastic site. Relatively compact and sporting lots of Macaws, this a Honduras must see. We got a local guide, Marvin, who was extremely knowledgable and friendly. Easy quarter hour walk from town or tuktuk it. Go early for best light.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank roanf385
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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Do not pay for the tunnles. The ruinas themself are great, but the tunnles are way overpriced!
We had a guide, which was a good decision. He showed us some cool stuff we would've never found for ourselfes.

Have fun at this ancient maya place!

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Vacationer668516
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

Copán Ruinas was declared World Heritage by Unesco in 1980.
Copán was one of the great centers of Maya civilization and the ruins have some of the most impressive pre-Columbian art I ever seen!
A must visit.

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank vmimartins
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Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

In a setting befitting royalty, we are able to visualize the royal city. With a recommended guide we walked the grounds, gawking at a multitude of macaws overhead, on a trail leading to the main ruins area. There are not a lot of visitors, so the experience is quite personal with a feeling of a connection with the Mayan culture. This was a center of the culture before a total collapse. This is a place where a visitor can find the reasons for the abandonment of this once highly populated place.

There are temples with underground passages, stellae showing the various rulers over the centuries, stadium-like structures where games were played, parade grounds, and the amazing hieroglyphic stairway in a temple-pyramid (which is among the largest of this type on the world.)

The museum is well done with a full sized replica of an underground temple. The site is accessible for climbing around and is very hands-on. And this world heritage site is still being excavated with new discoveries frequently announced.

This is a great place to experience a site that is very open with well reconstructed temples along with piles of rubble of unreconstructed buildings. We learned a great deal about the Mayan culture of centuries ago, and very much enjoyed this area of friendly people with reasonable/quality accommodations of Copan Ruinas (a small town close to the archeological site).

Date of experience: November 2016
3  Thank terry424
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Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

This trip is absolutely worth it. We didn't request it but we end up having a private tour with our guide Jose. He was amazing , informative , answered all our questions and more. Copan ( or the Paris of the mayan civilization ) was breathtaking. If you have $20 ( or so ) ( per person ) for the tunnels option- go for it. You won't be disappointed. Make sure you have water with you and sunscreen lotion as the sun is unforgiving at some areas of the park. Also tips are expected for the tour guides so you might want to be ready with some cash.
If you want to grab a bite to eat in the park's restaurant make sure you get the chicken burrito- cheap and extremly good.
If you get the chance to walk around the town of Copan its preffered you arent too flashy with clothes, phones or jewelry. You will see mainly very modest farmers and people who don't have access or money for such items.
Crossing the boarder from Guatemala to Honduras is much easier with a tour guide, if you chose not to go with one you might lose a whole day in a line for paperwork. If you say you are only going to Copan Ruinas you will only get a stamp for this place in your passport.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Stef904
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