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Hacienda San Lucas

Century old Spanish colonial hacienda

Perfect location for exploring Copan Maya ruins

Nestled in the serene hills of the Copán Valley, Hacienda San Lucas has been owned by the Cueva family for generations.

Perched above the renowned Maya ruins of Copán, this century-old Spanish colonial hacienda spans 300 acres of lush tropical forest, offering a tranquil retreat for guests seeking to explore the ancient wonders of the region.

Accommodating guests in just eight simple yet comfortable rooms, each featuring a private bathroom, veranda, and handcrafted cedarwood bed adorned with indigenous-spun bed covers, the hacienda provides an authentic and intimate experience. The property, transformed into an eco-lodge by owner Flavia Cueva two decades ago, reflects her commitment to sustainable tourism through meticulous restoration efforts and the planting of thousands of native trees to preserve the local ecosystem.

While the tiny Los Sapos Maya site lies within the property, the majestic ruins of Copán, designated by UNESCO as a crucial site of Mayan civilization, are visible from the hacienda's garden. In addition to exploring the ruins, guests can embark on scenic walking trails winding past ancient trees and babbling creeks, ride horses to nearby villages, indulge in the rejuvenating hot springs of Lunar Jaguar, or partake in birdwatching excursions.

The hacienda's kitchen serves up authentic Maya dishes prepared using traditional methods over a log stove, with daily-made corn tortillas and fresh market ingredients.

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When to go to Guatemala and Honduras

Month-by-month guide of when to visit Guatemala and Honduras

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January

This month offers warm sunny days and cooler evenings, making it perfect for exploring the highland regions of Guatemala around Antigua and Lake Atitlan.

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February

Similar to January, February offers excellent weather for volcano hiking and exploring Mayan ruins at Tikal and Copan.

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March

The dry season continues with March an ideal month destinations throughout the region. Temperatures are comforable with low humidity in jungle regions.

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April

Depending on the date of Easter, April can be a particularly busy month with the traditional 'Semana Santa' festivals in Antigua.

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May

May marks the start of the rainy season, with higher humidity however it's still possible to enjoy the country's natural beauty with less tourists throughout the country.

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June

The rainfall increases in June, so travellers can take advantage of lower prices and fewer tourists while exploring attractions like Antigua and Tikal.

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July

Despite rain showers, July offers opportunities for exploration is the lush jungle environment. Showers tend to be of a short duration.

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August

The rains become more intense in August, and while travel is possible, some roads may be prone to flooding so journeys are longer.

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September

A rainy month which tends to offer dry mornings with rain in the afternoons, typically for a couple of hours. Accommodation rates are lower, reflecting the wet conditions.

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October

Very similar to September, although the rains will be tapering off towards the end of the month. Patience for travelling around the country is needed if roads are affected.

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November

As the dry season approaches, November is a good month for visiting the region with all the country's highlights accessible.

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December

Weather wise the holiday month of December is very similar to November with the rains tapering off. Enjoy the Christmas festivities in cities like Antigua or Copan in Honduras.

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