Taxi prices from the Hedman Alas into the town, is L20 per person at the most. Taxi drivers are the same everywhere and will try to charge more than that. Most of the time they get it, up to L150!! Don’t be fooled. They are regulated and required to take L20. Look out for the English speaking drivers. They are the worst right now. Once in town it’s L10 for most anywhere you want to go. It’s L20 to Macaw Mountain Bird Reserve, and L50 to Hacienda San Lucas.
Rainy season does not mean it rains 24/7. It’s rainy mainly in the late afternoon, making for a fantastic green landscape.
Do not book any Honduras public bus tickets from any office, they will charge a commission for nothing. Get on the bus and pay direct.
Hot springs options, of course take our transport!! Second option, take a taxi moto - $35 - but it is a long hard ride. It is exciting to start off with, but after you are completely relaxed from the pools, it will be uncomfortable to be thrown around on the way home. Many people hitchhike to the hot springs. It is easy to find a ride there from the ball field in Copan Ruinas. The problem is that you might have trouble getting back because of the lack of traffic. Always ask the people leaving the hot springs for a ride, they will always say yes if there is space.
If you are looking for cheap hotels and tours, you will always find them, but take care with your possessions.
I personally love the street food, sitting on a stool in the smoke filled air, people watching. Look for the man frying plantain with pork chops.
Yes you can walk around with a beer or cocktail. Beer bottles are recycled by the bar, so they will give you plastic cup. Cans are also collected for recycling so leave them where they can be picked up.
Most restaurants stop serving around 9pm, bars have to close before 12. There are a couple of bars just on the outskirts of town that open later on the weekends. So start early, and catch some great happy hours - especially at Twisted Tanya’s.
The ruins open at 8am, close at 5. You will pay $15 for the main site, $15 for the tunnels, and $7 for the museum. This is a one day pass only. No dogs allowed. Take water with you. There is not a lot of shade in the main plaza, so take a hat. The Macaws in the Ruinas are a project of the Macaw Mountain Bird Reserve. Take the time to visit they need your help to keep this project going.
For the perfect day in Copan Ruinas, do the ruins in the morning, then taxi (L20) to Macaw Mountain for lunch and a swim. It does not get any better than that.
Gas or petrol is $5 a gallon. That’s why transport is not as cheap as you would like.