Locally owned Yaragua Tours (inside Hotel Yaragua, tel. 651-4147, www.yaragua.com), under the same ownership of its namesake hotel, offers a variety of active tours, including caving, visits to hot springs, horseback riding, river tubing, waterfall hikes, and coffee farm visits at prices ranging $15–45 per person with a two-person minimum.
Another option is Basecamp Outdoor Adventures (651-4695, www.basecamphonduras.com), which is under the same management as the Via Via across the street and offers a variety of alternative recreational options, including 2–6-hour hikes in and around the hills surrounding Copán Ruinas, motorcycle riding, and three- or five-hour horseback rides. It also runs daily shuttle buses to Antigua ($12) and Río Dulce ($20) with a 40-minute stop in Quiriguá along the way to the latter.
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