Copan Tours, Vacations, Travel Packages & Experiences
Located in western Honduras near the border with Guatemala is Copán Ruinas, a small and picturesque town that is a short walk from the Pre-Columbian ruins of Copán. These ruins became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980 and are a very popular tourist destination when on a Honduras vacation.
Archaeological evidence from the ruins date back to as early as 1000 BC, however, it is believed that the Mayans did not begin to build the city until around 100 AD. The Copán dynasty reached its peak beginning in 553 however, towards the end of the 8th century, the dynasty had begun to fall. While the city centre was abandoned, many people still inhabited the surrounding area until around 1200 when smaller villages were established. It was these smaller villages that the Spanish found when they arrived in 1570. The ruins did not gain the attention of the international community until the 19th century with the work of American explorer John Lloyd Stephens.
Since Stephens, many archaeological expeditions have been undertaken at Copán and the ruins host more sculptures than any other Pre-Columbian city. The ruins are quite substantial and there are temples, plazas and a very distinct sculptural style. The present day town of Copán Ruinas provides an excellent base from which to explore the ruins on Honduras vacations but is also surrounded by beautiful forests and many adventure tourism opportunities.
Honduras Travel Information
At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to a Honduras vacation.
Learn about the history and culture of Honduras, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Honduras's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Honduras for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Honduras tours today!
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