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Just 10km east of the Guatemalan border, the small town of COPÁN RUINAS is a charming place of steep, cobbled streets and red-tiled roofs set among the lush scenery of Honduras’s western highlands. Despite a fast-increasing number of visitors, income from whom now forms the mainstay of the town’s economy, it has managed to remain a largely unspoilt and genuinely friendly place. Many travellers are seduced by Copán’s delightfully relaxed atmosphere, clean air and rural setting, and end up spending longer here than planned, studying Spanish, eating and drinking well, or exploring the region’s other minor sites, hot springs and beautiful countryside.

The forested, highland region around Copán is very beautiful and loaded with interest including waterfalls, hot springs, a minor archeological site, coffee fincas, ziplines and a spa. Tour operators can set up trips to all these attractions.