Planning a Trip
By Bus -- The city's bus terminal sits in a lot on the main road about 1.5km (3/4 mile) from the center. Direct buses make the 3-hour trip to San Pedro Sula about four times per day; tickets cost L80 ($4/£2). To get to Copán Ruínas, you can take either a 3-hour direct bus (L40/$2/£1) or transfer after 1 1/2 hours to La Entrada (L20/$1/50p) for a Copán bus (L20/$1/50p). Buses also make the 1 1/4-hour trip to Gracias (L30/$1.50/75p) and the 2 1/2-hour trip to the Guatemalan border at Aguas Caliente (L75/$3.75/£1.90). All buses leave when they're full, not according to a set schedule.
By Car -- From San Pedro Sula, take CA 4 to La Entrada and head south on CA 11-A; the trip takes about 2 1/2 hours. To drive to/from Copán, you must also go through La Entrada, and transfer to Hwy. 11.
There are two sections of Santa Rosa. The first is the colonial core of the city, which centers around the top of a hill that includes Parque Central and the Centro Historico. The other lines the highway about 1km (1/2 mile) from the center, and is where you'll find the bus terminal, the cigar factory, and many poorly constructed residences.
Most of Santa Rosa can be seen on foot. The center radiates out only a few blocks in each direction from the square. It's easier to take a taxi, but you can also walk to the highway, bus terminal, and factories in about 20 minutes.
Taxis can shuttle you between the center and the highway for L15 to L20 (75¢-$1/40p-50p).
The tourist office (tel. 504/662-2234) is in a round building smack in the middle of Parque Central and doubles as a cybercafe. It's open Monday to Saturday from 8am to noon and 1:30 to 6pm. You can contact the tour company Lenca Land Trails (tel. 504/662-1128), to arrange tours into nearby Lenca villages and to other destinations across the region.
Banco Atlántida (south side of Parque Central) has a 24-hour ATM and will exchange traveler's checks.
While it isn't as large as the Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations in Comayagua, the 7 days before Easter are still quite a spectacle in Santa Rosa de Copán. Six traditional processions reenact the Easter story and begin on Holy Thursday.