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Iguana Azul

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Iguana Azul is a cheap, clean, and comfortable option to kick back and rest your weary limbs after a long, hard day scaling the impressive Copan ruins.

The Location

Copan is tiny and you can cross the city in just over ten minutes on foot. The hostel is on the far side of town from the ruins, but as it is only a kilometer away, these are easily within walking distance, or you can pick up one of the many tuk-tuks that buzz around the streets. The building itself is a pleasant, colonial-style building set slightly back from the main road. The area is safe to walk around at night and your sleep will not be disturbed by noise from the surrounding area. Very much catering for the tourist trade, Copan Ruinas is packed with restaurants and souvenir stores. All of these are a stone's throw away from the hostel.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are two dorms with three wooden bunk beds catering for six people. They feature small lockers that will fit a daybag, and padlocks are provided free of charge by the hostel. There are three showers and three toilets located outside. All are frequently cleaned and the showers offer hot water on demand twenty-four hours a day.

Common Spaces

Common spaces are sparse in the hostel, but due to the small number of beds, it never seems to have a crowded feeling. The main doors open onto a main room with a few seats and an abundance of recommendations of things to do while in town. The courtyard at the back has one table and can seat four people. Alongside are the communal toilets and showers, and facility to hand wash your clothes. There are no kitchen facilities in the hostel, although free purified water is available all day.

The staff are friendly and helpful when they are around, which is a rarity. To access the building you need to ring the bell, which is normally answered by one of your fellow travelers. This can cause some minor problems should you want to discuss options for onward travel or to pay your bill.

Summary

Iguana Azul is a good, clean option to spend a night or two while visiting the ruins at Copan. The only real drawback is the lack of kitchen, which forces you to eat out in a town that charges above the odds to the tourist market.

by Elgrumpygringo
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
April 2013

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