Embark early this morning to the desirable town of Copan Ruinas. Just over a km from the same-name Maya ruins, today we'll spend our time exploring this inviting town. Your journey will take you across the Guatemalan border and into the lush mountains of Honduras. This afternoon will be yours to explore the cobblestone streets and archeology museums - its exhibits include painted pottery, intricate jade carvings, ancient glyphs and tomb of a Maya priest. You can also take a hike to remote waterfalls, visit local hotsprings, or explore the surrounding coffee plantations.
Copan's sprawling ruins provide insight into how this fascinating culture once lived. Its massive structures and skillfully carved stonework are impressive reminders of the remarkable and advanced Maya civilization. Today you will head out on a half day guided tour of the ruins to discover Copan's enormous temples, plazas and monuments. Ornate stalaes divulge the astronomical and mathematical wisdom of the Maya. Enjoy the peaceful nature trails and wildlife that inhabit the area.
This morning is free to watch the sunrise over the ruins or explore the area on horseback. Bid farewell to the cobblestone streets, elaborate sculptures and mysteries of the Maya as you head back to Antigua this afternoon.