Robson Square · Vancouver, British Columbia
With disabled people in mind this architect designed the most awesome stairs with full wheelchair access! It is the perfect set up and most likely the future of staircases.
Many of you may have seen these images elsewhere, but they were recently forwarded to me, and I thought I would share them with you!
For anyone, unless you are very fit, many of these sets of stairs will take your breath away, or, at least make you puff just thinking about climbing and descending any of this lot of steps! For myself, I might be able to go up, but there is no way I would want to walk down many of these stairs, I like the comfort of a solid handrail if not more between me and the drop below!
Peldaños del Cañón
Where you are: Pailon del Diablo , Ecuador.
Where are they going? Designed to descend to the bottom of one of the most famous waterfalls in South America, lost in the fog in many cases, it is extremely slippery and steep for several tens of meters to a lookout point where you can see a dramatic effect, accompanied by hummingbirds, gulls and other local birds.
Where you are: India
Where are they going? The decline of these steps leads to a huge pool, built in the tenth century to overcome the lack of rainfall in the region and store water for long periods. The structure has a total of 3,500 steps, that go down to a depth of 30 meters. It is then filled with water.
Stairs Elbe Sandstone Mountains
Where you are: Dresden , Germany
Where are they going? Stairs carved into the stone itself of these mountains. They date from the 13th century and have been eroded by wind and water, but they are still being used daily by tourists. 487 steps, though not enough, were restored and expanded in the eighteenth century to facilitate transit.
The Rock of Guatapé
Where you are: Antioquia , Colombia
Where are they going? The rock is an authentic stone monolith of 220 meters. The steps are constructed with cement, directly on the rock and making a curious place that facilitated clear age structure. Some 702 steps are to be followed to reach its peak.
The ladder Haiku
Where you are: Oahu , Hawaii Material: metal
Where are they going? On the small island of Oahu there is this tremendous journey of 3922 steps, climbing, across and down a hill of 850 meters. They were created to facilitate the installation of a satellite in 1942. In principle wood, were modernized in the ’50s, but since 1987 are closed to the public.
The Inca Trail
Where you are: Peru
Where are they going? An ancient trade route linking the city of Cuzco to Machu Pichu. For the rugged geography of the area, the Inca Trail and forced detours around to evolve between hills and mountains. The result: miles and miles of stairs, in some cases very precarious, as the famous floating staircases.
Ladder Via Crucis
Where you are: Bermeo, Basque Country, Spain Where are they going? This endless row of stairs attached to the rock coast where a small church dating from the tenth century and seems to be of Templar. To reach the hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe have to climb 231 steps and there are gaps in the steps that are identified as the footsteps of St. John himself, who are given different healing powers. For example, you have to put your feet in them as a solution for corns or left hats, scarves, or to cure a headache.
Spiral staircase in the Taihang Mountains
Where you are: At the boundary between the provinces of Shanxi and Henan, China
Where are they going? This spiral staircase of almost 100 meters have been installed recently in an attempt to attract thousands of tourists each year to the beautiful Taihang Mountains . Before undertaking the ascent asks visitors to sign forms to ensure they do not have heart problems or lungs, and are under age 60. And is that a slip in a narrow metal ladder as you certainly can lead to heaven, as the song of Led Zeppelin.
Where you are: Machu Picchu, Peru
Where are they going? Stairs carved into the rock that crown a climb of about 360 meters from MachuPicchu itself. In some sections, the ascent is complicated to pass through narrow sections and small steps and eroded. The rise time is calculated from one hour and 90 minutes. 90 minutes climbing stairs! Only allowed promotion to 400 tourists a day and access closes from 1pm. Just in case!
If you have climbed any of these staircases, please let us know?