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