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Hieroglyphic Stairway, Copan

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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. Add Hieroglyphic Stairway and other attractions to your Copan trip itinerary using our Copan holiday planner.
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  • Must see in Ruins de Copan, very unique amongst the Mayan ruins through Central America and worth the trio from El Salvador or Guatemala if you don't intend to go to Honduras 
  • This area of main park is amazing. It can be accessed separately but is better as part of the whole if you have the time. 
  • The stairway is really impressive with all its stone carvings and they did an excellent job reconstructing it. There is a large figure in the middle that is missing, which was given to Harvard Univers...  more »