The Copan Ruins – Maya Ceremonial Site, Honduras

Did you know that the Copan Ruins in Honduras are considered one of the most important Maya Ceremonial cities and ruins along the Maya route.

the copan ruins

4 Reasons why the Copan ruins are SO important in the archeological world:

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1. The Mayan Steleas that were found here were practically intact from when they were built. Some still have the original bright red color on them, almost perfectly preserved over the centuries.

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2. The Steleas also read like books. If you know how to read Maya that is. Gratefully, to a Russian woman – my people – can now dicepher what they Maya once wrote.

3. Aside from the wealth of info the Steleas read, the main staircase which was almost perfectly intact, gave the largest insight to the Maya world, more than any other ruin to date.

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4. Copan Ruins is centuries of dynasties and empires. Each one built more grandeur temples over the others. Luckily for us, we can visit the tunnels that are under the city to see these ancient relics and their water systems that they used for their villages.

What To See at Copan Ruins

Unlike other ruins along the Maya route, Copan doesn’t have an all inclusive entrance fee.

You have a choice of 3 things to see:

1. The main ruins themselves
2. The underground tunnels
3. The Museum

This is my second visit to Copan Ruins. I came here as a backpacker, budget traveler 10 years ago. This time I returned with my family and we splurged on the whole package.

Trust me doing the entire tour is worth every single penny! You get the full experience of this incredible place.

Copan Ruins are located less than 5 minutes – by car- from the center of town. The prices vary if you’re from Central America or any other country.

On average the whole package can cost you up to $40. Kids under 7 are half price.

Mayan Ruins, Copan Video

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10 Responses to The Copan Ruins – Maya Ceremonial Site, Honduras

  1. what incredible colors, and history. WOW!
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  2. Tricia says:

    wowowowow! Such cool photos! I hope to get there some day.
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  3. Mark Wiens says:

    Awesome historical site – its amazing that some of the original bright colors have been preserved throughout the centuries!
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  4. The colors are so vivid, is that still the original or have they been repainted?
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    • The super red ones are repainted to show us how it was. I personally can’t believe it was that red, but you can see some of the red on the remaining steleas, it’s really cool!!!

  5. Rachelle says:

    I’ve been to Tulum and Altun Ha and have plans to see Chichen Itza next year. Thanks for sharing these! There are so many beautiful archeological sites in South America.

    • Hey Rachelle,

      I’ll be honest with you, if you can do Palenque over Chichen Itza, you’ll be much happier. I’ve been to Chichen Itza several times and it can be like a zoo making you totally forget you’re in a ruin and think it’s more of an amusement park 🙂

  6. Marc Passion says:

    An awesome place. I visited and had a more than larger video camera and they told me I was a they wouldnt let me in with it. They also asked if I could show them the video tape haha! But it’s an impressive place! Nice post.
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  7. Brandon says:

    Beautiful photos. I didn’t check out the tunnels when I was there. I kind of wish I had. We totally tried to bribe the guy who was guarding the gate to let us both in for $10. No joy. Since when can’t you bribe someone in CA? Maybe next time. Copan was by far the favorite of all the ruins we visited in CA.

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