Town & Municipality
Main Plaza in Copán Ruinas
|• Total||371 km2 (143 sq mi)|
|• Density||110/km2 (280/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central America)|
Copán Ruinas is a municipality in the Honduran department of Copán. The town, located close to the Guatemalan border, is a major gateway for tourists traveling to the Pre-Columbian ruins of Copán. The Copán ruins house a UN World Heritage site and are renowned for the hieroglyphic staircase, stellae, and museum.
Every year in October, the town hosts the Conference on Honduras put on by Project Honduras. The conference is an opportunity for individuals and grassroots organizations to discuss ways to improve the quality of life in Honduras through addressing the social and economic needs of the country, primarily in the areas of education, healthcare, and community building. The theme of the Conference on Honduras on 18–20 October 2012 will be "Understanding the Security Situation in Honduras".
The town has many small language schools that offer classes for travelers. On a hillside just outside town is the bilingual (English/Spanish) Mayatan School, which was founded in 1991 to educate local children.
The town is linked to the Honduran-Guatemalan border, approximately 20 minutes away by road to the Aduana El Florido station. Copán Ruinas Airport is a civilian-use facility about 20 km east of the town center. There is no public transport network, as most transit is done by small motorized taxi-bikes or tuk tuk. Private shuttles link Copán Ruinas to Guatemala City and Antigua Guatemala, and private company buses serve daily routes to San Pedro Sula and the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa.
- "projecthonduras.com". Retrieved 15 October 2012.
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