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Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza

Must see · World heritage site · Ruin · Landmark
Over a thousand years old yet remarkably well-preserved, the World Heritage-listed Mayan architecture of Chichen Itza draws huge numbers of tourists every year. Once one of the largest Maya cities, the ruins consist of numerous stone buildings, originally linked by a well-planned network of paved streets. The biggest crowds gather at the autumnal and vernal equinoxes, when the sun's rays produce an illusion of a snake climbing up the stairs of the imposing central pyramid. A nightly light-and-sound show recreates the spectacle for those visiting at other times. Use our Chichen Itza day trip planning tool to arrange your visit to Chichen Itza and other attractions in Chichen Itza.
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  • Absolutely amazing! The temple is a stunning piece of history. Definitely a must see; if possible, take a tour to get more information!  more »
  • The temperature did’t seem so high: 30oC but the humidity made it hard to bear. Everybody admires The Castle, or Kukulcán’s pyramid, for its perfect symmetry. But many other buildings are equally...  more »
  • There are ruins here from the Mayan Classic period, and much later ruins from the Post-Classic period, which has Toltec influence. Lots to see. Like El Castillo pyramid, temples, ballcourt...  more »

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