ViaVia Hostel at the heart of Copan Ruinas
Certainly pay heed to the staff of ViaVia Hostel in Copan Ruinas when they tell you that the weekends are loud. They are, and there is a good reason for that. Much like their counterpart hostel ViaVia in Leon, this one has managed to integrate itself into the life of the inhabitants of Copan to become an unforgettable crossroad for locals and travellers alike.
Our phone reservation did not allow us a room right away. Someone was sick and they did not want to kick her out which, even though it put us out for the night, I really did respect. There is actually no shortage of accommodation in Copan and we quickly relocated to the fabulously comfortable Iguana Azul Hostal of Copan Ruinas. But we were decided to come back and experience ViaVia, and that we did.
Multicultural Exchanges at ViaVia Cafe
It starts of with a welcome lemonade, which if you ignored the lures of the tuktuks and decided to walk through town under the afternoon sun, you will much appreciate. It continues with a great menu from breakfast to dinner at a terrasse which allows you a great view onto one of the busy cobblestone street of the village. Many travellers will come just for the food, or the cocktails and this is probably one of the main reasons why the place is so attractive to so many. Another reason is the basecamp travel agency which can help you book tours to the ruins, la Finca El Cisne and more.
The room itself is alongside a few others, all the way to the back of the hostal, behind a lush little garden. On a regular day it is enough to protect you from the humdrum of traffic and the buzz in the hostel but on a Friday night, you ´ll need your earplugs. The place itself is busier than usual but it is definitely the bar next door that will otherwise keep you awake until at least 2am. My advice, take an early nap and join in.
In conclusion, if you ´re coming to Copan to relax from your impetuous travels, you might want to look elsewhere. If on the other hand you want company and you want it fast, head straight to ViaVia Cafe, you ´ll be guaranteed to find it within minutes of your first Hola!