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Address: Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
Activities: Hiking
Description: 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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Chichen Itza - El Castillo - Magnificent

Not sure what the difference is between El Castillo and Kukulcan Pyramid other than what people call this magnificent structure but being at the heart of Chichen Itza this really... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Gateshead, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Not sure what the difference is between El Castillo and Kukulcan Pyramid other than what people call this magnificent structure but being at the heart of Chichen Itza this really is a thing to behold. A superb structure built which such precision and accuracy when modern construction techniques were unavailable this Mayan wonder truly deserves to be a wonder of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

You need to get there early, opens at 8.00am. Head straight to Él Castillo to enjoy the marvel that it is without a thousand others. Then proceed to see the rest, take water & a cap. There are places to sit out of the heat & there was a cafe of sorts with a toilet, not at the entrance. Also... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I've seen many photos of El Castillo, but to see it in person makes it much better. The details on the stairs, the significance it has during solstice and how it was built are all rich history.

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Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Having been there more than a couple of times, I decided to be the FIRST to Run up the pyramid. B/4 I got to the TOP, I soon knew why no one ever RAN UP This Pyramid. Each step is only about 8" of foot space and the height is about 16 " Normal steps that we grow up with... More 

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St. John's, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The centerpiece of Chichen Itza is the 30 m high El Castillo or The Castle. It is known locally as the Temple of Kukulcan which is the Mayan feathered serpent god. Unlike Egyptian sites, it's not a pyramid or a tomb - it's a temple. The structure is believed to have been built between 900 and 1200 CE but there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

When I saw El Castillo, it took my breath away. There were many people there but the space was big enough to make it seem like you were the only one. Got some great photos of just me and the pyramid!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Is just excellent, would be better to see it as close to the equinox to visualize the descent of kukulkan!

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We took our time to see every building in this so easily navigatable complex and it took us exactly 4 hours. Indeed: come early!

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Pilot Grove, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Such an interesting place to visit. We had a guide, which I recommend, to take us around. The guide told us about the warriors and the wall of skulls. She was a very good guide. I learned a lot that day about the Mayans. The battles were very bloody from what she told us. There were many interesting stories about... More 

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Alveley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This the main monument on the site so you cannot miss it! Although you cannot climb it anymore it is still well worth viewning from all angles

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