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El Castillo

Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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Ranked #3 of 14 Attractions in Chichen Itza
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: A spectacular 75-foot high pyramid in the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá.

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Peoria, Illinois
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

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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Edwardsville, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Our Archeologist/Guide presented fact after fact about this amazing pyramid. Built by laborers without wheels, the massive stones were slid precisely into place. The pyramid has features of all three Mayan calendars: solar, lunar, epochal. I remember that the 91 steps on each side times the 4 sides plus the platform = the 365 days of the solar calendar. I... More

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Longview, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Just like in all the pictures the place looks amazing. To be standing in such a historic place is breathtaking.

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Kitchener/Waterloo
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Likely the most famous Mayan ruin and it is worth seeing. Just beautiful, too bad you can't climb it anymore.

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Lebanon, Tennessee, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is such a needed trip for folks. The history was incredible. Great service with our tour. It was hot but guides made sure we all were not overheated .

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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127 reviews 127 reviews
26 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

It is important to say that the pyramid is amazing but is part of the whole attraction that is Chichen Itza - specifically that means you can only visit it if you buy an entrance ticket to the whole thing. This was the primary thing we went to see at Chichen Itza - the mathematical elements of the pyramid are... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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338 helpful votes 338 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This pyramid is stunning. Unfortunately you cannot climb it anymore but you can get great photos without the crowds all over it.

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Lisbon
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Considered the 5th wonder of the world, if you are visiting the Yucatan state, you cannot definitely miss the Chichen Itza Maia ruins where you will find "El Castillo", also called the Kukulcan Temple (or Pyramid) at the center of the park, near the entrance to the ruin. Chichen Itza has only 1 entrance and I truly recommend to go... More

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Augsburg, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Observe the amazing layout of the temple which aligns with the spring and autumn equinoxes, twice in a year shadow of a serpent falls on these equinox, which is a unbelievable sight. Just go there and explore the beauty

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

You cannot climb it, but taking photos at the bottom of the pyramid is fun too! They said that underneath the main pyramid that we see there is an older smaller pyramid completely covered by the new one. Our guide called this pyramid The Mayan Rollex as the pyramid can clearly indicate the day and month ob the Mayan year,... More

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