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“For the time - Perhaps Tulum instead?”
Review of El Castillo

El Castillo
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Owner description: A spectacular 75-foot high pyramid in the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá.
Reviewed May 5, 2013

I visited Chichen Itza 11 years ago and again on my recent trip in April. I was stunned to find out you couldn't climb - so know that going in. Also know that there are a TON of souvenir tables and ladies selling embroidery so expect to be called out to (just ignore them). These tables and sellers do ruin the grounds as you try to explore the sites (in my opinion).

Take water, an umbrella and some snacks. It's a long day no matter how you go. If you want to see it all - expect to be there the whole day or you'll be taking an abbreviated tour with a group like we did.

It was still nice to see the ruins but on a group tour you don't even get to see half of everything there is to see... so be prepared.

For the cost and the time - I'd perhaps be more inclined to visit Tulum (depending on your starting point).

The only thing going for this site now is the development of the hotels and shops outside of the grounds. The entrance we came in through as a Chocolate Museum and the hotel has a wonderful lunch with Churros and amazing dancers.

1  Thank CaitieBC
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

This is an amazing structure. It is a calendar, a sun dial and many more. Make sure you get a good guide who can talk you through the wonders of this pyramid!

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

If you've never been to Chichen Itza, you have to go. If you've already been there, skip it. I was first in Chichen Itza in 2006 and went again in 2013 because I was traveling with someone who hadn't been there. The structures are impressive, but the crowds and hundreds of vendors are distracting. This was also the most expensive site to visit. I really wouldn't go again. I far preferred Uxmal because it is so much quieter and beautiful.

Thank NYCskydive
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

This structure is also no off limits to climb due to the damage that has been caused by the public to its faces. But even though it is damaged in a lot of places, it still is the most famous of all structures in Chichen Itza.

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Reviewed November 9, 2012

I like the complexity of the building. And fact that it standing allone, without any structure near the building.

I disliked the fact that you could not climbe it any more.

Thank jelle f
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