This is the route I took through whole Central America. I have to admit I can hardly state that I truly experienced Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, as I mainly travelled to one place at each country. Anyhow, I’ll describe how that went.
February – 2014
In Honduras, we stayed only in Copan. Although we wanted to visit the famous Bay of Islands, it took too much time going there. Butt unless Copan was the only place we overnight in Honduras, from there we did en saw a lot. It was a really nice stay, which we enjoyed much! Copan is a pretty little village with a relaxed atmosphere.
From Copan it’s a short and nice walk to the Copan Ruins, one of the most important left-overs of the Maya-culture. When we arrived at the archaeological site it was absolutely quite so we had all the time and freedom to explore the more than impressive buildings. Hidden in a forest in which the from origin native bird, the scarlet Macaw, is replaced, you can imagine A little bit how it should have been in the old ages. Locals offer to guide you through the site. We did it by ourself and the info written in the lonely planet, which was fine.
Like I mentioned, around Copan village there’s more to discover. A short walk from the city you will find bird sanctuary Macaw Mountain. Set in an beautiful landscape, you can walk here around and watch the native birds. Only the surrounding and walk to it are already worth going there! Furthermore we went on a hike, arranged by the staff of our hostel, with an adventurous local, named Roberto. He discovered a waterfall hidden in the forest close to the city Santa Rosa. He shows tourists the place and you are able to take a swim in the pool. Very very nice and surprising. Another day we felt literally into the next pleasant experience: Hot Springs! You can go to the spa, set up around the springs called Luna Jaguar. We went there by an organized tour, where we were the only participants together with an Japenese HotSping-o-fiel. The ride to the place was already incredibly beautiful. Our driver was really friendly and did his best to learn some English and tell us about the sights we passed by. Also the Spa was really beautiful and worth the money (maybe because it was our first hotspringspa, but we thought it was incredible :)).
Inside Copan Village there are some cute shops, nice bars and restaurants. Try out La Terraca (calle Acropolis), a small restaurant situated on a roof terrace. Also Central American hostelchain ViaVia offers nice meals and Yoga several days a week. There’s also an official tourist information centre with internet and very friendly staff to help you out.
We loved Copan!