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The ancient Honduran city of Copán offers a blend of historical intrigue, cultural immersion, and natural beauty. “It’s one of the most mysterious and spectacular Mayan cities,” National Graphic says in a recent video.
At its height, from 250 to 900 AD, approximately 27,000 Maya lived in Copan, but it was soon forgotten and almost lost to history. Luckily the city was rediscovered by Spaniard Diego Garcia Del Palacio in the 16th Century. And its secrets are still being uncovered today.
So, it’s no wonder thousands fascinated by ancient civilizations or seeking a serene escape, travel to the ancient city every year.
“Copan Ruins is … an amazing community, full of culture and history,” YouTuber JacobysJourneys tells viewers in a travel video with over 27,000 views.
Here, we bring you 7 must-do activities in this captivating Honduran destination:
“At nearly 30 meters high and covered in around 2,000 glyphs, the etched pyramidal staircase is not only impressive due to its size and artistry. This collection of symbols offers a rare window into the rich history of the Copán Valley and the culture that ruled it for so many years,” the site Atlas Obscura explains.
“The Sculpture Museum at Copána … is absolutely worth the US $7 entry fee to see nearly 60 exhibits with more than 3,000 pieces of sculpture plus six restored buildings and some of the most important stele from the adjacent archaeological site,” the Trans-Americas Journey website writes.
“Pretty cool sunflowers and wildflowers field,” a recent visitor wrote, adding: “ … There’s a cafeteria with big outdoor dining area and festive music. Great location to spend time with families.”
Plus: “Birds are freed during the annual Festival de la Guacamaya,” Honduran YouTuber Kevin Mendoza explains.
“You really have to see it to believe it,” Mendoza says, recommending a horseback ride at the nearby retreat of Hacienda San Lucas. He says the views of the Rio Copan from Hacienda San Lucas are Instagram worthy, and featured his souvenir photos on his IG account @kevinmendozahn.
“Pupusas originated in El Salvador and western Honduras, and are extremely popular in Central and South America,” WorldVision.org explains in their piece In the Kitchen: Honduran pupusas. “They’re similar to Mexican gorditas and Venezuelan arepas.”
YouTuber Mendoza also recommends the San Rafael restaurant, where the gift shop sells Honduran coffee, “Mayan Harvest” chocolate, and dozens of hot sauces – all local culinary treasures.
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