Hieroglyphic Stairway, Copan Ruinas

Discover Hieroglyphic Stairway, located within an archaeological site that once served as a political and religious center of the Mayan civilization. The stairway boasts the longest discovered Mayan text that dates back to approximately 755 CE, with some 2,000 glyphs etched in its stone. Archaeologists interpret the stairs to symbolize the rule of 16 kings from the Copan dynasty, the bottom step beginning with Yax K'uk Moh and the top one depicting the death of a ruler commonly known as 18 Rabbit. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Copan Ruinas holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Hieroglyphic Stairway and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The Mayans were incredible, the staircase is spectacular and its history will not mention, we hire a specialized guide so give us the tour inside the Archaeological Park, knowing its history and way of life, we were surprised, their culture was very advanced. The place is big enough, in 2 hours touring it calmly.
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  • This was such a wonderful awe-inspiring sight!!!! I have seen this twice now and I would recommend that everyone go and see it if ther can!!  more »
  • After visiting a few weeks earlier the site of Palenque and Tikal, both amazing, I wasn't sure to be too excited about Copán. But yes, visiting this site is worth a visit! I was particularly impressed by the hieroglyphic stairs. Too bad this naughty tarp bothers a little the big picture, but, as they say "between two evils, we must choose the least".
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