Walking Along the Cute Copan Ruinas Town in Honduras

There is a small town in Honduras with an interesting name. Copan Ruinas, is actually the name of the town and the ruins themselves are simply Copan, Honduras. It was built near the original Mayan town that has been here since ways before the conquest.

I have done a lot of traveling and exploring, but this town is truly one of the cutest I’d visited in Central America so far.

My family and I live in Antigua, Guatemala which is the last true colonial town in all of Latin America, however, Copan Ruinas is definitely in the ranks of colonialism and even though it’s much more modern in the sense that a lot of the ‘colonial’ style was added after the era, it’s simply adorable.

Walking Along the Cute Copan Ruinas Town in Honduras

Copan in Honduras

The majority of the streets are cobble-stoned with colorful houses and buildings lining them. It’s so small that you can walk the entire space in a matter of 15 minutes from one end to the next.

This makes it easy to explore, hard to get lost, but also extremely quick to explore and experience. Add that to the fact that aside from the ruins and a few other attractions around Copan Ruinas town, there isn’t a lot to be done in the area.

Fruid stand in copan ruinas honduras

Most of the so-called action, of course, occurs around quite a large central park. You can find tasty restaurants on practically every street, adorable boutique hotels that are tripadvisor winners of the best hotels in the world (yes, I was very shocked to learn this) and a couple of souvenir shops.

central market of copan ruinas in honduras
As part of our exploring day, we also checked out the central market which was tiny in size and sold lots of local ingredients to help you prepare traditional dishes. It was also packed with plenty of cowboy stores.

It got me thinking that one of their main industries might be leather. But I never got the chance to ask anyone.

leather boots in copan honduras

From the looks of the locals that live here, I’d say they were cowboys and farmers with a few business people thrown into the mix, and a sprinkling of ex-pats.

I soooo recommend spending an afternoon just chilling out and enjoying the scene. And, what surprised us the most, Copan Ruinas has a full-on nightlife to boot!

I would say that the place is great for visiting either as a young solo traveler or with your family. I came here as both, a young solo backpacker and ten years later with my sons and husband, and ended up having a ton of fun both times.

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Walking Along the Cute Copan Ruinas Town in Honduras

Last Updated on June 15, 2024

4 thoughts on “Walking Along the Cute Copan Ruinas Town in Honduras

  1. Great info on Copán Ruinas. I’d like to suggest that tourists here, besides taking in the great ruins and the night life, take a trip uphill to Mayatan Bilingual School. We’re on the way to the Bird Park, and we offer free tours in English so you can talk to our students and see first hand the way our scholarship program is changing bilingual education in Honduras. Other things to do that I recommend: hot springs, horseback riding, waterfalls (with a guide and a group), La Pintada, and more.

    1. Hey David,

      I remember passing your school on the way to Macaw Mountain! I heard great things about your program and how the school is helping the little town.

      I actually wrote another post all about the things to do in Copan, which mentions most of what you wrote here.

      Thanks for adding the La Pintada, didn’t hear about that one!

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