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Address: Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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A spectacular 75-foot high pyramid in the ancient Mayan city of Chichén...

A spectacular 75-foot high pyramid in the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá.

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This is what you come for. Like another "wonder" Petra the main building greets you right as you enter the complex and it's quite a moment to see it. What I didn't realise is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Dublin, Ireland

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is what you come for. Like another "wonder" Petra the main building greets you right as you enter the complex and it's quite a moment to see it. What I didn't realise is every picture shows you the main 2 faces where staircase is in immaculate condition but the other 2 are anything but which is interesting. I also... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is one of the place you have to go once in your life. This is more and more famous but if you try to find a place where this noone.. this is magic, out of time...

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of those places that pops up on all those travel quiz in facebook. You do have to come here and see it. Very touristy but the history is well preserved. Don't make it your only ruin, but do make the effort to come see.

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

El Castillo was built to worship the Mayan god Kukulkan a feathered serpent. At the base of the pyramid are carvings of Kukulkan heads. During the spring equinox there is an optical illusion that gives the appearance that the serpent is snaking down the structure. Unfortunately our visit was at the wrong time of year to experience this. We did... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're in México, don't miss the oportunity to see this beautiful construction, one of UNESCO's World Heritage landmarks.

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Valladolid, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last time I was here was in 2005 back then you could climb this mighty beast but even one of the greatest structures of the Mayan world cannot withstand thousands of people climbing up and down its 90 steps its for the best .I'm happy to say I've been up there once ! Clap and you can hear the quetzal... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stand at the bottom and clap your hands. The echo is said to sound like the cry of the quetzel bird- amazing and even I was able to replicate this as were many other tourists. Arrive early to beat the tour buses-I arrived st 9.30 and enjoyed the next hour before Cancun descended. Too many salesman on site for my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

This is an amazing structure.....well maintained & preserved. A Must see if in the area. Quite a large area of ruins to see.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

It is a good archeaological site. I would recommend it as 2rd, after Tikal (in Guatemala, Chichen Itza is in Mexico). It is a remarkable place with lot of information and guides if needed. Now, I would also recommend trying to get a guide who knows a bit more about the ecology and environment of the site--not just the typical... More 

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Concord, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Chichen Itza, true to its reputation, is the best Mayan site. Most restored, most publicized and therefore, most popular. If going on your own, reach there early when they open to avoid long lines. If you can stay late to watch the Light and Sound show which in included in the price of your ticket. Avoid Sundays - they are... More 

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