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El Castillo

Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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Ranked #5 of 14 attractions in Chichen Itza
Type: Ancient Ruins
Activities: Hiking
Description: A spectacular 75-foot high pyramid in the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá.
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Houston, Texas
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240 reviews 240 reviews
59 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This is undoubtedly one of the world's architectural wonders, particularly El Castillo, but you really must get here early if you want to avoid the crowds. We were lucky enough to see El Castillo and Ball Court both empty of people, but by the time we reached the Sacred Cenote the complex was filling up fast. Chichen Itza is a... More

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London, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Coming here was worth the two and half hours drive from Playa del Carmen. Amazing site, culture, part of a day tour we then went to a El Gran Cenote and the town of Villadolid.

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Runcorn, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Ive always wanted to visit this place. It was amazing but I was dissapointed at the amount of rebiulding that had been done. It takes away from the experience. The heat was unbearable at times. I drank 2 litres of water and was still struggling. Take an umbrella with you.

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Barcelona, Spain
20 reviews 20 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

it is sooooo beautiful. make sure to wear light clothes and sun cream. try to arrive early, before the buses. it's great to have a picture from el Castillo and yourself!!!

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Randolph MA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

A friend told me when we were going to Mexico that, "You can't be that close to a Wonder of the World and not go see it" she was totally right. What an amazing sight. It is absolutely fascinating to tour these ruins and learn about the Mayan culture. We visited in June and it was HOT!! Make sure to... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

It would have been great to have walked up to the top, but I can totally understand why you can't do that. The structure itself is mind blowing. it's history and complex construction is equally as fascinating. From the mighty steps guarded by stone snakes to the echoes of hands clapping from precise points makes this structure both interactive and... More

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Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Canada
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29 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

what a beautiful sight to see as you come off the trail leading up to the ruins. I could not believe how large the pyramid really is, just amazing to see.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

I am glad that no one is allowed to climb to the top of the largest temple because there were several deaths and it scared me to death up there with my 7 year old going up without my permission.. all in all, the place is unbelievable, just seeing it without climbing, wondering how it was built and how many... More

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48 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

..a guide, to let you explain in details the breathtaking details about this pyramid and its perfect astronomical alignment

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139 reviews 139 reviews
53 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Really pleased that they haven't restored the whole building as it is good to see the restorers starting point. An amazing building that's best seen early in the morning. They've stopped the light and sound show this year which is a shame.

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