We flew into San Pedro Sula and then made our way to Copan Ruinas via the bus. Herman Alas shuttles you from the airport to their secure terminal in the city. Much like an airport- the terminal is gated, guarded, and security checks your passport to board. We enjoyed the very clean and comfortable bus ride to Copan.
Copan Ruinas is a quaint town close to the Guatemalan border where you can visit the Mayan ruins of Copan. The ruins are a must see, and the town is small, but has enough to keep you busy for a few days. It is worth mentioning that I felt very safe in this town. Guards are stationed at the entrance to the town, and the local people are extremely welcoming. Copan Ruinas has a laid back family vibe.
We stumbled upon Cafe San Rafael and it became a favorite stop. We frequented this cafe multiple times during our stay because the setting was just perfect and the coffee was AMAZING.
The town of Copan Ruinas is filled with narrow cobble stone streets. While it is small enough to walk everywhere, there are lots of hills and we were always happy to flag down a ride.
Street Food! Hard to pass a food vendor without stopping.
Copan! In the heat…
Definitely the main attraction and it did not disappoint- except that the weather was sweltering. Not only was it about 100 degrees, but there was no breeze. We did not line up a guide in advance as I had read there are plenty outside the gate for hire. While there were, our guide did not really speak English, and I was a little disappointed attempting to understand through the language barrier. Overall though, the ruins are fascinating and we enjoyed it very much. You should hire a professional guide though if you are making the trek out there.
Where to Stay in Copan Ruinas
The town is so small it is hard to go wrong, but I recommend staying at a hotel within a block or two of the Main Square, on the map it comes up as “Parque Central”. Arrange activities and transportation through the many tour outfits situated right off of the square. The ruins of Copán are accessible via tuk-tuk, as is the bus station.
While of course the ruins are the main attraction, Cafe Welchez was our favorite surprise excursion. It was a fairly long ride outside of the town, but so worth it! We had a half day private tour of the plantation, plant, lunch, and coffee tasting and it was amazing!
Being my first visit to a coffee plantation I loved that our guide was so knowledgeable of the process and the history of the farm.
It felt more like a tropical rainforest tour than coffee tour at one point as we walked through part of the protected jungle that was truly magnificent. With so many coffee plantations in this area to visit, I highly recommend a tour because we really enjoyed it!
Overall we loved Copan Ruinas, and we were pleasantly surprised but the charm of the town. As a matter of fact almost everything we read was focused on the ruins, but the town itself is truly charming. I loved the main plaza, and the way you zoom around the town in little tuk-tuks. Spend a few days exploring here you won’t regret it!
How to Get There
Where to Stay