Copan Ruins

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From Guatemala City
Adult Ages 10+
$180
Child Ages 2-10
$150
From Antigua
Adult Ages 10+
$235
Child Ages 2-10
$185

Explore a Maya Archaeological Site

Depart from your hotel early in the morning and transfer to Copán, Honduras. Our transfer takes approximately six hours.

Upon at our arrival to Copán, we meet our local guide, an expert in the area, who fills you with knowledge of one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the Maya world: Copán, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We begin with a gentle walk in the park. Copán is an archaeological site of the Maya civilization located in the Copán Department of western Honduras, not far from the border with Guatemala. It was the capital city of a major Classic period kingdom from the 5th to 9th centuries AD. The city was located in the extreme southeast of the Mesoamerican cultural region, on the frontier with the Isthmo-Colombian cultural region, and was almost surrounded by non-Maya peoples.

The Plaza of the Hieroglyphic Staircase has a monumental staircase, one of the exceptional structures of the Maya culture. On the 10-meter-wide steps, there are more than 1,250 individual glyphs, which constitute the longest known Mayan inscription.

The Main Ensemble and the Cemetery Ensemble are located at the core of the site and are connected to the Sepultura Ensemble to the northeast by means of a road. The site is known for a series of stelae with portraits, most of which were placed along processional paths in the central plaza of the city and on the Acropolis, a large complex with pyramids, plazas, and palaces, which also has a long field for the Mesoamerican ball game. The field of play is between two parallel buildings that frame a rectangle of exact dimensions.