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A stairway to understanding

The entire site is very impressive and as a history buff it is another must see here at the ruins. While visiting the stairway was being worked on to preserve and under cover. The... read more

Reviewed March 9, 2016
Larry B
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McMinnville, United States
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McMinnville, United States
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Reviewed March 9, 2016

The entire site is very impressive and as a history buff it is another must see here at the ruins. While visiting the stairway was being worked on to preserve and under cover. The history and close inspection was still available. The ruins is a must see and take your time as there is much to see.

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Newport Pagnell, UK
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Reviewed February 20, 2016

One of the star items in the Copan site. Need a guide to explain about it and form your own view as to what it all means

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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed February 13, 2016

The Ruins in general are remarkable.. the hieroglyphic staircase is just one part of the tour. I strongly recommend getting an english speaking tour guide if it is your first visit through. While they can be a bit long winded, it is well worth the insight and details of the ruins!!

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High Wycombe
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Reviewed February 9, 2016

Nothing to say apart from a fascinating background to the history of the Mayan kings of Copain and their decline

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Thank Hardchoice
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Reviewed February 9, 2016

The staircase is most impressive and well presented....even more intriguing is the fact that the reconstruction is all jumbled up like a giant jigsaw puzzle and, for the most part, indecipherable. I suspect that eventually a computer will work out the correct alignment of all the carved blocks....or perhaps a bored teenager with a handheld device! Make sure you pay... More 

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 6, 2016

As part of the visit to the ruins, the staircase was a magical slice of history that is hard to find elsewhere. It's certainly easy to spend hours in this complex and the staircase is the jewel.

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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed February 6, 2016

One of the highlights - if not the most important - of Copan Ruinas. Amazing to see and to read how the archeologists reconstructed the puzzle if you've seen the old photographs what it looked like decades ago.Go there as soon as the park opens because it is not too hot then, quite empty (only very few people) and the... More 

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Hyderabad, India
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Reviewed January 21, 2016

One of the most important section of the Copan site, this staircase hosts some of the best preserved Maya sculptures. A must visit if you are a history buff. Also visit the museum in the park which has the original sculptures.

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed January 18, 2016

The world’s longest/largest composite hieroglyphic structure is Copan’s Hieroglyphic Stairway (“HS”), according to CopanPark.com—about 2,000 individual glyphs that tell the history of this amazing complex. TripAdvisor incorrectly identifies this astounding UNESCO World Heritage site as Hieroglyphic Staircase. It is also known as Structure 26, behind Stela M. The “HS” boasts the longest Maya text found to date, but also this... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed January 10, 2016

The spectacular inscription on this famous stairway, it is on the ground level of the ruins and you don't have to climb anywhere

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