Copan Travel Guide

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Copan is one of the largest and most impressive of all the Mayan centers discovered so far. It consists of pyramids, temples but the speciality of the house is the 21 stone pillars or stelae with exquisite carved likenesses of ancient Copan kings. Tikal in Guatemala may be bigger, and Chichen Itza may have bigger pyramids} but Copan has better sculptures.

The Maya built Copan in one of the most beautiful areas of Honduras on the banks of the Copan River in a fertile valley with a near-perfect climate.

The Copan Archaeological Park covers 74 130 acres/30 025 hectares at an elevation of 2 100 ft/640 meters. Only a fraction of the ruins have been excavated but as jungle growth is cleared away from each new section and more mounds are tunneled into even more wondrous things appear.

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