SANTA ROSA DE COPAN
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Description : The biggest city in Western Honduras (25000 inhabitants) with cobbled streets, a nice colonial center on a hill and a big cigar factory
Comments : There is not much to see or do in town so it is not really necessary to spend too much time here. You could walk an hour or so around the Parque Contreras (20mn walk from station toward South, right after the bridge over the road, stiff climb) but it is nothing special. The Flor de Copan Cigar Factory's one hour tour (8 to 16:30 except Sunday) should be more interesting, if you are ready to spend $3 for the privilege. It produces over 20,000 hand-rolled cigars a day and is located 5mn South of the Bus Station (turn right after Commercial Rajo). You can also reach it by turning right after Hotel Continental and right again on a dirt road after a shop with a penguin sign.
Where to stay ? If you decide to stay, there are a few places North of the Parque but none of them are good value for money :
Leaving ? No direct bus to Copan. Need to go first to La Entrada (L14, 1 hour, every 30mn). / To Nueva Ocotepeque (border to Guatemala or El Salvador), every hour from 6:30 to 17, L35, 2 hours / To San Pedro Sula, direct buses (L50, 2.5 hrs, a few buses) or non direct (L30, 3.5 hrs, every 30mn) / To Gracias, every hour (L20, 1.5 hours)
The trip to Gracias : SSSSS / Left / L20 / 1.5 hours
See also the trip from Copan