Off the plaza, behind the cathedral is a market place. Step through the entrance into an enclosed patio area with a food concession at the center. Around the patio are colonial style business covered by tile roofs. I didn't see much worth buying for the tourist, however. This was apparently not the busiest of markets in the city.more
It's worth a few minutes to walk some side streets in Santa Rosa de Copan to shoot pictures of the brightly colored and sometimes restored colonial buildings. The narrow elevated sidewalks are sometimes filled with vendors, so expect to step into the traffic of these congested cobbled streets.more
The Cathedral is the main feature, but there is also a considerable number of buildings from the colonial period that have been restored. Some of these are notable governmental palaces. There are a number of ancient and well cared for trees on the plaza, as well as pleasant floral landscaping. We avoided eating at the outdoor food vendors in favor...more
The most striking architecture is clearly the old cathedral, the only one in the area. It was built in the late 19th century, about the same time as the newer church in Comayagua, and it bears some resemblance to the Comayagua church architecturally, although the clock mechanism in the Santa Rosa de Copan church is centrally located, and not...more
I always like to get a haircut while traveling. This time, the barber was a kid, and the other young barbers were giggling the whole time. Back at the hotel, I saw that my sideburns were completely uneven, so I had to shave the "normal" side to match the other side which was higher than the top of my ear!more
The current Cathedral dates from 1880. It is a typical example of colonial sacred architecture, with a striking white façade, and a more humble interior.Like all Honduran churches, it needs to be viewed several times during the day, to enjoy the way the sunlight plays with the decorative details.more
"Flor de Copan" is a famous cigar manufacturer. Even if you have no intention to ever smoke - let alone a cigar - this is an interesting place to visit. You will learn about an ancient craft, and about working conditions in a developing country. Unfortunately, taking photos is strictly forbidden. The visit costs $3 and can be organized at the...more
Dominated by a handsome cathedral, the central square is particularly pleasant. In the center if the square, you will find a tourist information office (a rarity), that is actually open, and manned!The square is pleasantly busy, with mango sellers and children playing. Since Santa Rosa is not a tourist destination, yet, there are no beggars or...more
My wife ordered a very nice looking soup, while I ordered a beef dish. I can't recall to many of the details, but it seems we had chips and salsa. The food was good, and the well lit location on the second floor of a restored old colonial building was quite charming. The owners try to effect a contemporary design and play American music. There's a...more
As it happens regularly in Honduras and Guatemala, this restaurant has two locations very close to each other. The one I visited had patio seating around a courtyard - most pleasant, while definitely informal.This was only my second night in Honduras, so I hadn't yet started dreading the plato tipico (and in any case, this one was better than...more
We had intended to visit the cigar factory, but between a struggle to actually find the place, a failure to arrive when tours were scheduled, and a desire to get out of town and on the road to Gracias, we were appropriately directed by a local person to a smart little shop a few blocks from the central plaza. An attractive young woman who didn't appear to smoke cigars unlocked the vault of a wood paneled room that held elegant array of wood and glass cabinetry. I learned that the factory produced many of the familiar brand-name cigars sold within the USA and Europe. But, we were there to buy the Flor de Copan brand, of course, so I had to decide between three main styles of cigars. Don't ask me to explain the details told me, because I forgot much of it, but in the end I skipped the fancy box and bought really high quality cigars individually wrapped in cedar tubes and packed three to a cardboard box. When leaving Honduras for the USA, it's better to pack these into your luggage, since you are technically required to declare tobacco upon entry into the USA.
What to pay: I spent about $30 for two boxes of three cigars. They're cheap, but not that cheap.
Favorite thing: Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, have a cup of coffee, and gaze at the mountains. I am a peace corps volunteer working in santa rosa and weve just made a tourist website for the city... check it out www.visitesantarosadecopan.org