Scultural detail, Copan

The royal city of Copan has an overwhelming legacy of artistic achievement and includes the best examples of surviving art of ancient Mesoamerica.

Photo by Sergio Pitamitz / Danita Delimont Agency

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Ancient Copan Extension

The Athens of the New World

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $985  
Length: 3 days
Arrive: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Depart: Guatemala City, Guatemala or San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Lodging: 2 nights hotel
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Archaeology
Trip Level: Cultural explorations and walking tours

Visa Requirements

Visas are not required for U.S. citizens visting Guatemala or Honduras.

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Set on the banks of the Río Amarillo in Honduras, the World Heritage Site of Copán is the most artistically advanced of all Mayan cities, surpassing other Mayan sites in its wealth of sculptures, hieroglyphics, and beautifully carved stone stelae.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Guatemala City / Copán, Honduras

From Guatemala City, transfer by private car to Copán Ruinas, a charming town of cobbled streets and red-tiled roofs. En route, visit Quiriguá, a unique archaeological site surrounded by the largest banana plantation in Central America. Along with Copán, Quiriguá is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the tallest stone-carved stelae in the Maya world. Copán Ruinas' main plaza is dominated by a whitewashed Baroque cathedral. On the west side of the plaza is the impressive regional archaeological museum, with an excellent display of carved stelae from Copán. Overnight at Hotel Marina Copán...BL

Day 2
Explore Copán

A World Heritage Site, Copán was the most important city-state in the southern Maya world. In 426 AD, the warrior-shaman founder of Copán, Great Sun First Quetzal Macaw, established the city and began a 400-year dynasty. Copán’s golden era began around 550 AD and the highly artistic period reached its pinnacle under the reign of Eighteen Rabbit (695-738 AD). The famed Hieroglyphic Stairway, one of the finest pieces of architecture in the Maya world, was completed under the ruler Smoke Shell (749-763 AD). Today you enjoy a full-day tour of Copán, including the Great Plaza, strewn with magnificent carved stelae, Ball Court, Acropolis, and the astonishing Hieroglyphic Stairway as well as the excellent Museum of Mayan Sculpture near the visitor center. Overnight at the Hotel Marina Copán..BL

Day 3
Guatemala City or San Pedro Sula / Depart

Transfer to Guatemala City or San Pedro Sula for departure...B

Note: You may also request a 4-Day, 3-Night Program, call for details

Extension Cost

Prices valid through December 15, 2016

2 Nights / 3 Days

$985 per person, double occupancy (2-3 travelers)
Single supplement: $140

3 Nights / 4 Days

$1025 per person, double occupancy (2-3 travelers)
Single supplement: $150

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations at Marina Hotel in Copán Ruinas (based on availability on your travel dates)
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • English-speaking guide
  • Transfers to and from Copán in a private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Airport transfers
  • Entrance fee to Copán

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

Gratuities for guide and driver, drinks during meals, meals not specified, items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, room service, etc).

Hotel Marina Copán

Copán Ruins, Honduras

This simple but comfortable hotel is the most convenient base for exploring the magical ruins of Copán—right in the heart of the cobblestone-street town (the ruins are a 10-minute walk away). The hotel features 51 guest rooms, designed in classical colonial style with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, cable TV, and phone. Courtyards with well tended gardens filled with flowers and tropical plants contribute to the hotel’s old world charm, while a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and small sauna and gym offer modern conveniences. A history note: the hotel is built on the site of an old family home that welcomed early investigators and visitors to Copán—the first “hotel” in Copán.

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.