My one and only stop in Honduras was Copan Ruinas, which I reached after a full day of travelling from Flores (Guatemala), where I boarded a Fuente del Norte bus heading to Chiquimula, to then hop on a chicken bus to El Florido where I crossed the border. Copan Ruinas is very close to the border.
Despite Honduras reputation as one of the world’s most dangerous countries, I found Copan Ruinas to be safe and quiet. Surely my experience is not representative of the real situation in the country, yet I would encourage other backpackers – especially if interested in Mayan archeological sites – to visit, as it is well worth it.
It is a lovely little town, and as Lonely Planet would say, it is the most traveler oriented in Honduras. Imagine its cobblestone streets, adobe buildings, lively bars and great restaurants, and surprisingly friendly people. The amazing archeological site of Copan Ruinas is 1 km away from town, at a pleasant walking distance. The site is immersed in the forest and populated by colourful macaws, which I also saw at the Macaw Mountain. This is a bird sanctuary dedicated to saving endangered species.
I had a great time zip lining too.
From Copan Ruinas, I took a direct shuttle bus to Leon (Nicaragua) – an 18 hour trip that went through Guatemala and El Salvador too.
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