Weekend Tours

Copan and Quirigua

The ruins of Copan, located in western Honduras just a few miles behind the border, are one of the most famous archaeological sites in the entire Mayan world. Although Copan lacks the monumental temple pyramids typical of large sites like Tikal, arts and handcraft flourished in Copan and the wealth of inscriptions found on many buildings and artifacts has taught archaeologists more about the Maya than any other site.

Quirigua was a satellite town of Copan for most of it's history. The relationship between the two cities deteriorated in the 8th century, though, and when the forces of Quirigua managed to capture the ruler of Copan, Quirigua gained independence and Copan went into a tailspin it never really recovered from.

After the victory over Copan, building activity in Quirigua pickup up and many buildings and monuments were constructed. Most of the buildings around the central plaza date back to this time. The stelae found in Quirigua reach a height of up to 7.5 m (25 ft), which makes them the tallest stelae ever found in the Mayan world.

Besides the Mayan ruins, you will also get to know Copan Ruinas, a small town about a mile from the ruins that is relatively well-off by Central American standards. The Central Plaza was recently restored and is a popular meeting place for locals and travelers from all corners of the world.

Visit Copan and Quirigua and learn about the fascinating history of these two ancient Mayan cities!

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Quirigua

Weekend Tour to Copan and Quirigua

Copan was a major power center in the south of the Mayan world during the Classic Period

With a height of up to 7.5 m (25 ft), the stelae in Quirigua are the tallest stelae in the entire Mayan world. Thatched roofs were added in recent years to protect them from the elements.

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Tour Schedule

Weekend tours to Copan and Quirigua are available every weekend, year round.

Day 1 (Saturday)
You will be picked up at your homestay or hotel at 5 am. The drive to Copan takes approximately 5 to 6 hours.
After you've checked into your hotel, you'll have time to explore Copan. There is also an interesting archaeological museum right next to the central plaza that you might visit.
Day 2 (Sunday)
In the morning you'll have a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Copan, which are located about a mile from town.
At 2 pm you'll leave Copan and arrive in Antigua around 8 pm.
Copan

Weekend Tour to Copan and Quirigua

The town of Copan is located in Honduras, just a few miles behind the border

Copan

Weekend Tour to Copan and Quirigua

Copan has been extensively explored by archaeologists and told us much about the ancient Maya

Copan

Weekend Tour to Copan and Quirigua

Copan is most famous for its artistic achievements such as intricately carved stelae and zoomorphs

Quirigua

Weekend Tour to Copan and Quirigua

Quirigua is a fairly small site not far from the Atlantic Highway

Quirigua

Weekend Tour to Copan and Quirigua

Quirigua's claim to fame are its stelae, which are the tallest in the entire Mayan world

Quirigua

Weekend Tour to Copan and Quirigua

Guided tour of the ruins

Prices and Terms

Package Price:
Tour with transportation by shuttle bus US$145.00 per person
Tour with private transportation and guide US$420.00 per person

Included: Round-trip transportation, 1 night hotel, entrance fees and tour of the ruins with a bilingual guide

Not included: Meals, drinks, tips

Payment: Payment in full must be received at least 7 days before the tour begins; or at the time of booking if less than 7 days before the tour.

Cancellation policy: Full refund minus a US$30.00 cancellation fee if you cancel more than 7 days before the tour begins. No refund or credit for later cancellations or no-shows.

Additional Information

Copan is located in Honduras, just a few miles behind the border with Guatemala. The border crossing is usually quick and painless.

Copan is a small but fairly prosperous town that is popular with foreign travelers. The local infrastructure is well developed, cell phone coverage is good and internet access is easily available.

The main archaeological site is about a mile from the center of town. A second site, Las Sepulturas, is a bit farther away on the road to La Entrada and many travelers skip it as there is not all that much to see there.

Right next to the archaeological park is a newly-build museum where many artifacts found on site are displayed. Highly recommended!

Please note: Tours with private transportation and guide visit the Mayan ruins of Quirigua on the way to Copan. Tours by shuttle bus visit only Copan and bypass Quirigua.