For those who become hypnotized by the easy lifestyle of Copán Ruinas and want a reason to extend their stay, Ixbalanque Spanish School (tel./fax 504/651-4432, www.ixbalanque.com) offers five days of one-on-one classes and a week of housing with a local family for US$235, while five days of classes without lodging costs US$135. Dance classes are also offered.
Another language school in Copán is Guacamaya (tel. 504/651-4360, www.guacamaya.com), one block north of the parque. Five days of classes, four hours daily, plus a week’s room and board with a local family, costs US$225, while five days of classes only costs US$140. Guacamaya also arranges volunteer vacations for US$135/week, providing accommodations, meals, and Internet access.
Spanish classes and family stays in Copán are generally very good—the families tend to be more interested in interacting with foreigners than similar setups in Guatemala.
© Chris Humphrey and Amy E. Robertson from Moon Honduras, 5th Edition