Copan Ruins are located in the western part of the Republic of Honduras, Central America in the Department of Copan. The capital of this Department is the city of Santa Rosa de Copan, formerly known as "Los Llanos". Copan is an archeological city located south of the whole geographic area, and it is where the great Mayan Civilization developed and flourished. (The area is 325,000 square kilometers and comprises the southeastern part of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and part of El Salvador). San Jose de Copan, situated one kilometer from the principal group of ruins in this archeological zone, is a modern town which was founded during the last century and at present is called “COPAN RUINS”, or “RUINAS DE COPAN”. It has a population of about 3,000 inhabitants and has a decidedly colonial aspect. The town has a good electric service, good drinking water and hotels.
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