Macaw Mountain Bird Park

Copán Ruinas

Around 2.5km outside Copán Ruinas is an extensive private reserve aimed at saving Central American macaws. There are plenty of them here, along with toucans, motmots, parrots, kingfishers and orioles, all flying around in spacious, humanely constructed cages. In the 'Encounter Center' uncaged birds fly onto your shoulders or hands and you can pose for photos with them.

If caged birds upset you, bear in mind that nearly all of these birds have been donated to the park by owners who didn't want them anymore, or were confiscated from bird smugglers. It's a lovely place to wander around, with plenty of walking trails weaving through the lush forest and over boardwalks to lookout points and swimming holes; there's also a cafe-restaurant on the property. The entrance ticket – which includes a guided tour in English – is valid for three days. To get here, catch a mototaxi (three-wheeled motor taxi) for L20 per person.

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1. Casa K’inich


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2. Mirador El Cuartel


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3. Tea & Chocolate Place

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4. Museo Digital de Copán

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6. Memorias Frágiles

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7. Museo de Arqueología Maya

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8. Núñez Chinchilla

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