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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Copan Ruins–Honduras

Copan is a small town located in western Honduras, only 12 km from Guatemala and home to the Copan Mayan ruins.

The ruins were a short walk from Hotel Camino Maya, in the center of town.  It was less than a mile and our four year old was able to walk it with out a problem.  The Copan Ruins are kid friendly and a great activity for families traveling in Honduras.

Copan Ruins, HondurasAt a small visitor's center you pay and get your tickets.  Tickets for children are $7 and include the museum.  Tickets for adults to go into the ruins and the museum are $22.Then there is a short walk towards a gated entry.  It's here that you will meet up with your guide.  The guides are inexpensive and worth it.  You pay the guide directly.  Once you get past the gated you come across a handful of macaw birds.  They are beautiful. 
There are many Mayan statues still intact. Copan Ruins, Honduras
You are allowed to walk on many of the structures.  This makes it especially fun for the kids.
  Copan Ruins, Honduras
The hole you see in this picture is just one of many.  They had underground tunnels and a water system.  There are over 4 km of tunnels and for $10 you can go into two of the tunnels. 
Copan Ruins, Honduras
The hieroglyphic stairway holds the longest known text left by the Mayans. 
Copan Ruins, Honduras

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