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Copan Ruinas, Honduras

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Copan Ruinas, Honduras: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Copan Ruinas?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Copan Ruinas, they said:

"Copan Ruinas, is a small town known for its Mayan ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage site, so expats should be prepared for a town that is heavily influenced by tourism. The official language is Spanish, so learning the language or at least basic phrases would be beneficial. The cost of living in Copan Ruinas is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's important to note that the average income is also significantly lower. The healthcare system in Honduras is not as advanced as in many Western countries, so expats should consider getting comprehensive health insurance that covers treatment in private hospitals or even medical evacuation. Safety can be a concern in Honduras, and while Copan Ruinas is generally safer than larger cities, it's still important to take precautions, such as avoiding displaying wealth and not walking alone at night. The climate in Copan Ruinas is tropical, with a wet and dry season, so expats should be prepared for hot and humid conditions. The local cuisine is a mix of Mayan, Spanish, and Caribbean influences, with staples including beans, corn, and various types of meat. Public transportation is available but may not be as reliable or comfortable as expats might be used to. Driving can be challenging due to poor road conditions and different driving habits, so many expats choose to hire a driver or use taxis. The education system in Honduras may not meet the standards that expats from Western countries are used to, so many choose to send their children to private international schools. Finally, it's important to note that while the people of Copan Ruinas are generally friendly and welcoming, there can be a significant culture shock, and it may take time to adjust to the slower pace of life," remarked one expat who made the move to Copan Ruinas.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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