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El Castillo

Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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Ranked #5 of 14 Attractions in Chichen Itza
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
Activities: Hiking
Description: A spectacular 75-foot high pyramid in the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá.
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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Boca Raton, Florida
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151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Unfortunately, this post-Classic Mayan stepped pyramid has been off limits to visitors since 2006. No more climbing the 91 steps on a side to the summit. And no more public access to the chambers within this pyramid. What a shame. Still, the pyramid, the iconic structure of Chichén Itzá, is well worth a visit, even to just look and gawk.... More

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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

How did they do it? simply amazing that the structure was built 1,500 years ago. Well worth the trip to Chichen Itza. Lots of other structures nearby to see too.

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Hilversum, The Netherlands
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Of course this is the most beautiful building of Chichen Itza. Let a guide tell you about the architecture, the acoustics and the use of the sun. But to my opinion this is not the most beautiful temple in Mexico, check Uxmal or Cetukmal.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

You can't travel to the Yucatan without visiting it. Unfortunately there was no light show when we visited but I'm told it's great.

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Drammen, Norway
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Visiting Mexico without going here would have been weird, so I'm glad I went. I was impressed, and got some good pictures. At the same time, there are just sooo many tourists! The whole area kinda loses its "mystery" when there are tourists and souvenir sellers everywhere, but, I guess that's the way it's got to be. I was also... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is the fantastic pyramide most people associate with Chichen Itza, and it will not disapoint. It is not only really big, it is beautiful decorated and is made as a giant calender with 365 steps, the same as days in the year.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

To get the best shot of the El castillo go there as early as you can. Escape the crowd. Hire a private tour it is just 40 to 50 dollar difference form a group tour. You will have more time for other sites Like Ekbalam, Valladolid and Ik Kil. And you have the Car for yourself.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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271 reviews 271 reviews
164 attraction reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I rated the entire Chichen Itza site Excellent and it is a 'must see' as a whole; I was disappointed in the lack of access to the different parts of it, Kukulcan Pyramid especially. Obviously, the engineering and science of this being built so precisely over 1000 years ago is amazing. The history and rituals are fantastic as are the... More

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Toronto, Canadá
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

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