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En Guate '05 - Over the Border to Honduras

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A March 2005 trip to Copan by bjoelle@msn.com

La Casa de Café Photo, Copan, Honduras More Photos
Quote: The "Paris of the Mayan World," Copan was just over the border in Honduras. How could I resist? I had to get there.

En Guate '05 - Over the Border to Honduras

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Overview

Outside Copan Ruinas Photo, Copan, Honduras
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The obvious, unmissable highlight in this area of the country are the Copan Ruinas. This was a key city in the Mayan world, an important center for arts, the evidence of which is still visible today. The park is complete with a restaurant, souvenir vendors, walking trails, a guide’s station, and of course, the ruined city itself. It is not to be missed! I was in heaven being there.Quick Tips: Coming from Guatemala, the border at El Florido is a piece of cake. The setup is straight forward and lines are relatively short. One side is Guatemalan, with one window for coming and one for going. The Honduran side is set up the same way. Regular buses, taxis, and personal vehicle...Read More

La Casa de Café

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Hotel

La Casa de Café Photo, Copan, Honduras
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A stay at La Casa de Cafe (website) is definitely a splurge. For Guatemalan standards, and I suppose for Honduran as well, $45 for a double room is expensive, but it really is a pleasant place to stay. It is a cute bed-and-breakfast that offers the quiet and comfort of home to its visitors. It was easy to make reservations via email/website, but there aren't many rooms at La Casa, so in high season, this should be done well in advance.Getting to La Casa is easy from the bus station. Taxis are waiting outside, and Copan Ruinas is so small, everyone knew where La Casa de Cafe was. Howard, one of the owners, met us upon arrival. He was ef...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2005

La Casa de Café
4 blocks from Copan's Central Park
Copan, Honduras
651-46-20

Twisted Tanya's Restaurant & Bar

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Restaurant | "Twisted Tanya's"

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Twisted Tanya's was a great find on our short stay in Copan Ruinas. We had walked by on our way to the central plaza and had seen tantalizing specials posted outside the door. At night, when the restaurant opened, we crept up the narrow stairs to an unbelievable dinner.It's on a corner, marked by a funky metal sign that's hard to miss, with most of the tables near the overhang so you can enjoy the restaurant's night air and view of the quiet street below. A bar dominates one side of the restaurant, and the drink menu is the only thing handed to you when seated. Meals available for the day are posted on a board without prices, which is why I guessed at the price range for meals, because I ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 28, 2005

Twisted Tanya's Restaurant & Bar
2 Blocks South Of Parque Central Across From Copan Net
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
+50426514182

Transport From Guatemala to Honduras

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Story/Tip

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I did a lot of research before my trip about the safety of the roads between Guatemala and Honduras. More so than the other roads in Guatemala, this path seemed to suffer from the majority of road blocks and robberies. Therefore, I asked one of the employees at Antigua Tours, which had set up our transportation from the airport, where we could go for the safest transport into Honduras. He directed us to the Hedman Alas office in Antigua, 502/919-7473. Click here for their website.This had to be the most expensive bus ticket I would ever buy in Central America. The cost was nearly US$41, or Q323.50, each. I had no idea what made this bus c...Read More

Mayan Ruins of Copan/Copan Ruinas

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Attraction | "Copan Ruinas - Paris of the Mayan World"

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The beautiful and infinitely interesting archaeological park of Copan Ruinas is located just outside the town with the same name. It's within walking distance (a beautiful flagstone path leads from town to the entrance of the park) or take a speedy taxi ride--but don't any more than 20 lempura.The cost to enter the park is on par with parks in the United States--it isn't cheap, but it is well worth the expense. There are two types of admission at the park. Entrance to the ruins alone costs US$10 for the full day. A separate entrance fee for the archaeological tunnels underneath the ruins costs US$12. Another expense, but in my opinion a necessary one, is the cost of a guide, which is ...Read More

Mayan Ruins of Copan/Copan Ruinas
Western Part Of Honduras 60 Km From Guatemala
Copan, Honduras