Three days in Copan is the perfect amount of time to explore both the town and its famous ruins, as well as some of the surrounding areas, which offer a range of activities from family-friendly to relaxing to adventurous. Focus your first day on the ruins, your second on nature, and a third on day trips from Copan.
Day 1 – The Archeological Sites of Copan
Spend your first day exploring the archeological sites for which the town of Copan is named. The site is a short walk or rickshaw ride from town, so in a few hours you can visit the main archaeological site, the sculpture museum, and Las Sepulturas, as well as the tunnels if you desire, and you’ll still make it back into town in town to do a little exploration of the old cobblestone streets before the sun sets. Spend the evening dining in town and having a Central American rum or Honduran cigar.
Day 2 – Coffee, Macaws, and Butterflies
On day two, check out some of the wildlife and nature that surrounds Copan. Visit Enchanted Wings Nature Center in the morning for the chance to see babies emerging from their cocoons and adults flitting from flower to flower. Then visit Macaw Mountain in the afternoon to see the rescued tropical birds and get insight into the coffee growing and roasting process. Hike to Los Sapos and get dinner afterward at Hacienda San Lucas, a cozy inn overlooking the town and ruins, or return to town for the evening.
Day 3 – Day Trips
Venture a bit further from town to see the areas just outside of Copan. Spend half the day visiting the hot springs at Aguas Termales, see the UNESCO World Heritage site Quirigua, visit a coffee plantation to learn more about how the drink is grown and produced, or go horseback riding in the hills around the city.