• Field for Ball Maya
    Field for Ball Maya

Copán is a collection of monuments of extraordinary individual value and a monument in itself (World Cultural Heritage, UNESCO). The richness, style and finishes of its sculpture and architecture are unique among known Mayan sites.
This political and ceremonial center, capital of the city-state of Copán, ruled the southern border of the Mayan civilization, and grew to 21,000 inhabitants, including some non-Maya peoples, between the 5th and 9th centuries.
That different origin is reflected in its own sculptural style, which provides the longest text, carved in stone, of the Maya World: The Hieroglyphic Stairway, and appears on the other buildings of the Acropolis, including the Ball Court, the images of rulers and altars in the Great Plaza, the tunnels and in Las Sepulturas.
Part of the beauty of Copán lies underground in tunnels beneath the monuments planted in a natural park where the animals and plants still live that inspired the ceremonial and political imagery of this monumental and impressive cultural display.