Copan Ruinas, Honduras
What to See
Inside, you will see women preparing pupusas, men cleaning scallions to sell, and market vendors displaying their best fruits and vegetables, spices, and other goods. Compared to other markets in Central America, the Mercado Municipal is quite small but still worth a look around. There are also plenty of cheap food stalls, which are reason enough to visit. The mercado is located on Avenida Mirador near the intersection with Calle la Plaza. The entry to the market is between two shops, Pulperia Titos and Zapatos Faby.
The Ruins At Copan
There is an ATM at the ruin office and they also accept credit cards.
The cost to enter Copan is $15. The price quoted is the foreign price and no discounts are offered. Your ticket includes entrance to Copan and Las Sepulturas, located some distance from the main ruins. This is where Copan's elite once lived. For an additional $7, you can enter the museum on site where you will see a life-size reconstruction of Temple 16, or Rosalila, complete with stucco decorations and stela taken from the temple.
The ruins at Copan are only a short 10 to 15 minute walk along the road from Copan Ruinas. Take Calle Acropolis, the street that goes over the river, out of town. You can easily trek it yourself and don't need to hire a pedicab or taxi. If you do want to hire one, the going rate is 20 lempiras per person.
The ruins at Copan are awesome! My advice is to avoid the early morning crowds and see them in the afternoon. The ruins don't open early enough to see a sunrise, so by the time you get there it will just be getting hotter and hotter until you are ready to leave. When you go in the afternoon, it gets cooler and cooler as the sun goes down, and the shadows get longer and longer making your photos more interesting. In the low season, you will have the ruins almost entirely to yourself.
What to Do
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We are located in the western highlands of Honduras, near the Guatemala border, in the heart of the peaceful, the scenic town of Copan Ruinas, just two blocks from the central park, and less than a mile from the world-renowned Maya archeological ruins.
Where to Stay
This place is new and the staff are really amazing and are working hard to make your stay pleasurable. The lady there is even learning english to try be a better hostess.
The hostel is good value for money and the breakfasts are filling and tasty. The social area on the balcony is really good and has chairs, a table and some hammocks to chill and meet people. The kitchen is a bit small but will test your creative cooking skills as a traveller if you use it.
The hostel is only one block from the main plaza and a 10min walk to the ruins (which i'd suggest going to early to avoid the crowds)
Overall we really enjoyed our stay here and would recommend this hostel and it's lovely staff.
The Mar Jenny Hotel is the best value hotel in Copan Ruinas. The proprietor, Jose, and his son will pick you up from the bus stop in their pickup truck and drive you the short (but uphill) 5 blocks to their hotel. They don't have dorms, but their private rooms are $10 USD for a double. They have hot water, and the Wi-Fi is super fast! The hotel is 2 blocks north of the parque central on Avenida Mirador. During low season, Jose might offer to drive you to the ruins.
What to Eat
Pupusas can be found and had outside of El Salvador! We were looking for a place to desayunar and stumbled upon a mercado serving mostly pupusas but also other traditional local breakfast dishes (i.e., baleadas, pollo frito/guisado, carne a la plancha). There are plenty of places to choose from. We went with Pupuseria Carmen. The queso and pollo pupusas were delish! The mercado is located on Avenida Mirador near the intersection with Calle la Plaza. The entry to the market is between two shops, Pulperia Titos and Zapatos Faby.
Via Via, located 11/2 blocks west of the central plaza on Calle del Parque Central, is a restaurant/bar/hotel. Stop by to meet other travelers, enjoy the good vibes, and grab something to eat. If you try the food at the cafe, order the Tortizza, a filling torta-styled pizza, but avoid the Thai Curry, which seems to be missing a few ingredients and won't satisfy any cravings for Thai food. Outdoor Adventures is also located here and can help get you oriented. Friendly staff.
Take a look at the photo. This guy cooks up delicious everything on the side of the road, just west of the parque central. He is usually the last or second to last guy on the row. The chicken is smothered in chimichurri sauce and grilled over a charcoal fire. It is served over a bed of fried plantains (literally) and the juices from the meat drip all over them. It is soooo good! IMPORTANT NOTE: I ate this chicken 3 nights in a row without any 'issues'. I met a fellow traveler who had beef instead of chicken and didn't fare as well. "Eat Mor Chiken."
Once back in La Ceiba, you'll have several options for getting to Copan Ruinas. Hedman Alas, the luxury option, will take you direct to Copan Ruinas for 653 lemps. We opted for the cheaper route, which meant changing buses in San Pedro Sula. From La Ceiba, we took the 9:00am Mirna bus (3 hrs, 100 lemps) to San Pedro Sula and then the 1:00pm Casasola bus (4-51/2 hours??, 130 lemps) to Copan Ruinas. Buses leave San Pedro at 8am, 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. The bus drops you off just a few blocks from the main square. We were in a hurry, so we did the 12-hour travel day, which included the early morning ferry from Utila to La Ceiba. It can be done but we wouldn't recommend it. The Casasola ticket office number for San Pedro Sula is +504 2516 2031.
1 To 2 Weeks
Copan Ruinas, Just 10km across the Guatemalan border into Honduras, iis the perfect backpacking town. A wide range of activities including visiting the ruins, museums, a german microbrewery (ya you read that right), natural hot springs, bird sanctuary, and horseback riding.
The locals are very welcoming and if you get the chance buy a bracelet from Jose the artesan