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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  • With a good guide this staircase becomes a real history book ... Unique it resumes the history of the life of the place
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  • The jeroglifica staircase is Spectacular and Unique in its kind, has 2000 inscriptions distributed in its 63 steps, as its name indicates it is full of glyphs that narrate the history and transcendent acts of the ruling dynasty in Copán. It also has statues of the kings (some were taken from the same product of looting of explorers and sponsors of the archaeological and "rescue" expeditions of the site, being found in Museums outside Honduras). At the foot of it is located the magnificent Stela M and an altar. Enjoy this Magnificent work of art of the Mayan Empire because: LIFE... it's a TRAVEL!
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  • I went there in January 2019. It is a famous site in the Copan ruins. Tents to protect the ruins feel a little distracting. On days when the sun is strong, it may be awnings. It is the ruins of a rare staircase with hieroglyphics engraved on each stone of 65 steps and more than 2,500.
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