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El Castillo

Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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Ranked #5 of 14 attractions in Chichen Itza
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
Activities: Hiking
Description: A spectacular 75-foot high pyramid in the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá.
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is the fantastic pyramide most people associate with Chichen Itza, and it will not disapoint. It is not only really big, it is beautiful decorated and is made as a giant calender with 365 steps, the same as days in the year.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

To get the best shot of the El castillo go there as early as you can. Escape the crowd. Hire a private tour it is just 40 to 50 dollar difference form a group tour. You will have more time for other sites Like Ekbalam, Valladolid and Ik Kil. And you have the Car for yourself.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I rated the entire Chichen Itza site Excellent and it is a 'must see' as a whole; I was disappointed in the lack of access to the different parts of it, Kukulcan Pyramid especially. Obviously, the engineering and science of this being built so precisely over 1000 years ago is amazing. The history and rituals are fantastic as are the... More

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Toronto, Canadá
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Excellent! a Must see Excellent! a Must see Excellent! a Must see Excellent! a Must see Excellent! a Must see

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

You will not be disappointed with the whole site, well worth a visit. I would recommend you have a guided tour as they can tell you so much information about each ruin, including El Castillo, and the ball court, who would want to score when the ritual was to get your head chopped off, apparently it was a honour!!!. The... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This is undoubtedly one of the world's architectural wonders, particularly El Castillo, but you really must get here early if you want to avoid the crowds. We were lucky enough to see El Castillo and Ball Court both empty of people, but by the time we reached the Sacred Cenote the complex was filling up fast. Chichen Itza is a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Coming here was worth the two and half hours drive from Playa del Carmen. Amazing site, culture, part of a day tour we then went to a El Gran Cenote and the town of Villadolid.

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Runcorn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Ive always wanted to visit this place. It was amazing but I was dissapointed at the amount of rebiulding that had been done. It takes away from the experience. The heat was unbearable at times. I drank 2 litres of water and was still struggling. Take an umbrella with you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

it is sooooo beautiful. make sure to wear light clothes and sun cream. try to arrive early, before the buses. it's great to have a picture from el Castillo and yourself!!!

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Randolph MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

A friend told me when we were going to Mexico that, "You can't be that close to a Wonder of the World and not go see it" she was totally right. What an amazing sight. It is absolutely fascinating to tour these ruins and learn about the Mayan culture. We visited in June and it was HOT!! Make sure to... More

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