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.
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Create an itinerary including Hieroglyphic Stairway
Hieroglyphic Stairway Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
304 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • I understand the reason for the canopy but the magnificence was obscured as a result. I wish I had a better idea of the history. Even the tour guide I had, I didn't think was very good with the explan...  more »
  • the sculptures and stele are spendides, helàs the prospect is reduced by this covering which protects what?
    View original
Places to stay near Hieroglyphic Stairway

Plan your trip to Copan Ruinas

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Copan Ruinas

View all >
4.8
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.4
Duration: 2​h
4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Historic Sites in Copan Ruinas

4.7
Duration: 2​h
4.0
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.3
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Side trips from Copan Ruinas

4.8
Duration: 2​h
4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.2
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Nearby attractions in Copan Ruinas

4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min
3.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 3​h
5.0
Duration: 30​min

Hidden gems in Copan Ruinas

5.0
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.1
Duration: 1​h 30​min
3.2
Duration: 30​min

Museums in Copan Ruinas

4.5
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.1
Duration: 1​h 30​min