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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  • Excellent conservation that shows us the knowledge that had this civilization, both in science and architecture.
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  • This staircase is the reason why Copán has become UNESCO World Heritage site. Unfortunately, our American friends have badly damaged the stairs in case of theft of the most beautiful parts. The remaining rest is still impressive and fantastic.
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  • Definitely worth a trip to Copan Ruinas. Everything about his town rocks. The Ruins are amazing with some incredible history.  more »
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