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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  • this is better enjoyed with a guide. Over 1000 years old and full of mystery. Best appreciated late in the day when it is cooler  more »
  • Copan Ruinas are a must if in Honduras or even if you're in a neighboring country. The quality of the ruins, in terms of preservations, is outstanding. I highly recommend walking about and getting clo...  more »
  • It is a wonderful masterpiece of Mayan culture. the history of the Maya is located in stones carved by hand and placed in. agreement to the events that the Maya took
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