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El Castillo

Address: Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Chichen Itza
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A spectacular 75-foot high pyramid in the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá.
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A spectacular 75-foot high pyramid in the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá.

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Moneta, Virginia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

I was a history major in college and luv hearing about older civilizations . Best to visit several sites to get a feel from your different tour guides . This visit had lots of details with some speculation as to why the city grew and then died . To see where humans were sacrificed for the makes ya think .... More 

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Visalia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

I love this ruin, it is the pillar of Chichen Itza. It is the first structure you see as you walk along the dirt path towards the plaza and it gets larger and taller as you get closer. Unfortunately you cannot climb the stairs anymore but if your looking for adventure try Coba which has the tallest pyramid in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Nice pyramid ... not as nice as Kulkulcan ... it is really interesting and you usually have very nice informational placards to give you a look into a truly interesting and ancient Mayan civilization.

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Kindersley
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53 reviews 53 reviews
4 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Wheelchair accessible with precautions. There are fairly level, wide, pathways surrounding the perimeter of the park , & the inside is quite flat with few obstructions. My husband was allowed to take his electric mobility scooter inside, although motorized units are banned, so it's worth checking first before booking. Our tour guide "Juan" was very accomodating regarding our disabilities (husband's... More 

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London
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I imagined it bigger!!I was a bit disappointed. I think it may be a good idea to get a guide, may be sharing with other tourists

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San Antonio, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

El Castillo is cool and quite impressive. Built by the Mayans sometime around the 11th century AD its features correspond to Mayan calendar. Seeing it in person can fill you with a sense of wonder...after all, here's a huge limestone structure built with incredible precision in the middle of a jungle. They had to cut out a place in the... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I went to two other ruin sites during my Riviera Maya tour (Tulum and San Gervasio (Cozumel) ) and this is the best one yet. Although is located 3 hours away from Cancun and 4 hours from most other places in the Riviera Maya, it is worth the trip. Most tour companies include stops in the colonial town of Valladolid... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This is a symbol of Mayan civilization. It is worth a trip if you have time. It is tool bad we are not allowed to climb. We did climb a similar pyramid ( Al Tun Ha) in Belize. The street vendor are all illegal as no commercial activity is allowed inside the site.

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Washington DC
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We visited as part of a shore excursion from Celebrity. Yes, the ferry part does take 45 minutes. I thought I may have sea sickness but didn't. Also the shuttle drive wasn't really that bad. Ours was actually a large van, similar to an airport car rental shuttle. The seating is rather cramped though so you may have some knee... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Wonderful architecture and construction, its a shame you can no longer walk up the steps, but I support the need to protect this wonder of our world.

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