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Copán Day Trip from Antigua

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Overview

Visit Copán, one of the most important cities of the Mayan empire and a UNESCO World Heritage site, on this 14-hour, full-day trip from Antigua. Enjoy a comfortable ride into neighboring Honduras by coach, before taking time to explore the site’s wealth of temples, underground tunnels, ball courts, stone sculptures and altars with your guide. Along the way you’ll learn about the history of this fascinating civilization and its unique hieroglyphic writing system. Your daylong excursion also includes breakfast, all entrance fees and round-trip transportation from your Antigua hotel.
  • Full-day trip from Antigua to Copán, a vast city of the Mayan Empire’s Yax Kuk Mo dynasty
  • Enjoy complimentary breakfast before crossing the Guatemala-Honduras border
  • View Copán’s Great Plaza, Acropolis, stelae and ball court on a 2-hour guided tour
  • See amazing hieroglyphs on a stairway of 63 steps and visit the on-site museum
  • Learn about the significance of the stone sculptures, temples and altars
  • Explore the underground tunnels to see layers of excavation (own expense)
Discover one of the world’s most important archaeological sites as you explore Copán, an ancient city of the Mayans and a UNESCO World Heritage-listed monument. This full day of history, culture and adventure is sure to delight visitors of all ages.

Begin the day with a 4am pickup in Antigua, proceeding on a scenic 6-hour drive across the border into neighboring Honduras. Along the way there will be time to enjoy an included Guatemalan breakfast featuring eggs, beans and tortillas or bread.

Once you’ve made it across the border, journey another 37 miles (60km) to Copán, the ancient Mayan city. This ancient wonder, founded in the 7th century, was created during the reign of the civilization’s Yax Kuk Mo ruling dynasty. Proceed on a 2-hour tour of the ruins with your guide, stopping to admire some of the site’s incredible architectural features. Pass by numerous temples, stone altars and sculptures that comprise the five main sections of this ancient urban area.

You’ll also visit Copán’s impressive Acropolis and its Great Plaza, then see its ball court and intriguing stairway covered in hieroglyphs. At the Great Plaza check out the striking 9- to 16-foot tall (3-5m) stone pillars, which celebrate the city’s Mayan rulers, before learning about the ball court, which is the second-biggest in Central America.

Next climb Copán’s famous 63 steps, an intricate staircase carved with dense layers of highly-detailed hieroglyphics, considered to be the longest written passage composed by the Mayans. You’ll also have time to stop by the on-site museum, where you can further investigate the numerous artifacts on display, or pay an additional fee to visit the tunnels archaeologists have excavated underneath the site’s famous acropolis.

Finish your day with a stop by the Copán Ruins, also called San Jose del Copán, where you can purchase lunch. Then sit back and relax for a laid-back bus ride, returning to Antigua for a drop-off at your hotel.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Gray Line Guatemala
Copán is an archaeological site of the Maya civilization located in the Copán Department of western Honduras, not far from the border with Guatemala. It was the capital city of a major Classic period kingdom from the 5th to 9th centuries AD. You will pick up from Antigua Guatemala at early on the morning and transfer to Guatemala City to meet your driver. Then, you will transfer to Copán, Honduras, our transfer will take aproximately of 6 hours, below a brief summary of what to expect on your way.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
HOTEL Y RESTAURANTE SANTA CRUZ
We will take our breakfast on route (Included), at Zacapa.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
EL FLORIDO
Pass by the border of Guatemala with Honduras. You'll make the border payments and inmigration procedure to get to Copan Ruinas. (The procedure will vary on time depending on group size).
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Copan Ruinas
Upon at our arrival to Copán we will meet our local guide an expert in the area which will fill you with all your knowledge of one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the Maya World: Copán, declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. We will begin with a soft walking into the park, Copán is an archaeological site of the Maya civilization located in the Copán Department of western Honduras, not far from the border with Guatemala. It was the capital city of a major Classic period kingdom from the 5th to 9th centuries AD. The city was located in the extreme southeast of the Mesoamerican cultural region, on the frontier with the Isthmo-Colombian cultural region, and was almost surrounded by non-Maya peoples. The Plaza of the Hieroglyphic Staircase has a monumental staircase, one of the exceptional structures of the Mayan culture. On the 10-meter-wide steps, there are more than 1,250 individual glyphs, which constitute the longest known Mayan inscription. The Main Ensemble and the Cemetery Ensemble are located at the core of the site and are connected to the Sepultura Ensemble to the northeast by means of a road, the site is known for a series of stelae with portraits, most of which were placed along processional paths in the central plaza of the city and on the Acropolis, a large complex with pyramids, plazas and palaces, also has a long field for the Mesoamerican ball game.The field of play is between two parallel buildings that frame a rectangle of exact dimensions.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Copan Honduras
You will have free time to take lunch in Copán town (Not included)
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Gray Line Guatemala - Tours & Experiences
At the end of the tour return to Guatemala City, From here you will be transfer to Antigua Guatemala.
Admission Ticket Free

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A bit too boring for my taste, but...
Marilynn R
, Sep 2017
A bit too boring for my taste, but I'm glad I got to see a part of Honduras. DO NOT forget to bring your passport!

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