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By Car -- If you're driving to Copán from San Pedro Sula, you have a pretty much straight shot on CA 4 to La Entrada, where you can continue on CA 11 to Copán; a 2 1/2-hour drive in total.

To get to and from Tegucigalpa is much trickier. From Copán, there is a beautiful route through the mountains to Gracias from La Esperanza on CA 11-A, but the road is windy, mostly unpaved, and sometimes impassable due to rain. Many drivers prefer to head back toward San Pedro Sula and catch Hwy. 20 toward Santa Bárbara or head all of the way back and catch CA 4.

From the Guatemalan border at El Florido, it's just a 12km (7 1/2-mile) drive to Copán Ruínas.

By Bus -- Hedman Alas (tel. 504/2651-4037 in Copán Ruínas or 504/2651-4037 in San Pedro Sula; www.hedmanalas.com) offers five daily trips to San Pedro Sula, with connections to La Ceiba, Tela, and Tegucigalpa. They also run buses to Guatemala City daily at 1:30 and 6pm. The fare is L420 one-way, L800 round-trip. The one-way trip takes about 3 hours.

Copán Connections (tel. 504/651-4182), below Twisted Tanya's, can arrange private buses and transportation to Antigua, Tikal, La Ceiba, Tegucigalpa, and the Bay Islands. Prices vary depending on the number of people.

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Local buses also run from the dirt lot near the bridge at the entrance to town and head to La Entrada, 1 hour away, where riders can then transfer to a bus for Gracias, Santa Rosa de Copán, San Pedro Sula, or several other villages in the region.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.