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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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I was lucky enough to have climbed the pyramid. The second time i came, they were barring people from going up which is a huge pity. There are carvings at the top and the whole... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I was lucky enough to have climbed the pyramid. The second time i came, they were barring people from going up which is a huge pity. There are carvings at the top and the whole pyramid is a depiction of the mayan calendar. Read before you go, it makes the trip better.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Though not as large as the Egyptian pyramids, It is an amazing site. The largest structure in Chichen Itza. It is the first thing you see when you arrive and it is amazingly shocking. All the pictures in the world do not do this justice. Make sure you take a guided tour, it will be worth it. And make sure... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015 via mobile

We arrived here early and missed the crowds, and we're lucky enough to get some brilliant photos while the area was quiet.Our guide "Santiago " was fantastic, and so knowledgeable about the Mayans which made the trip so much more worth while.

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This is obviously the main building in the Chichen Itza group of buildings. Great place to visit, get there very early, i.e. opening time to avoid the crowds, spend a couple of hours there before leaving before the main rush oc people appear.

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Darien, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

When you walk into Chichen Itza, this will be the first thing you will see even though it is farther back. It is an impressive building and mesmerizing to think they were able to build it over a thousand years ago.

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

One of the worlds greatest surviving pieces of history and a must to visit, especially early in morning, before 10am or later in the afternoon, or to watch the new illumination light show, to avoid mass tourists.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

part of the chichen itza complex, this is the first and enduring memory of chichen itza you get to take back with you. nowhere in chichenitza are you allowed to climb the monuments and temples but they are beautifully preserved. a good guide recommended

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

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

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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