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El Castillo, Chichen Itza

Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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Appreciate the impressive form and learn the history of El Castillo, a Mesoamerican step-pyramid central to the Chichen Itza archaeological site. Thought to have been built some time between the 9th and 12th centuries CE, the pyramid was a temple to the gold Kukulkan, the Yucatec Maya feathered serpent deity. Made up of square terraces, the pyramid has staircases on each of its 4 sides, with the northern staircase's balustrade decorated with sculptures of feathered serpents. The pyramid itself stands at 24 m (78 ft) high, and when added to the 6 m (19 ft) temple on top of it, the size and scale of the limestone structure encapsulates the wonder of the wider archaeological site. Use our Chichen Itza itinerary builder to add El Castillo and other attractions to your Chichen Itza vacation plans.
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  • I had the fortune to take this Tour to CHICHEN ITZA before it was named one of the new wonders of the world and I had the happiness to be able to scale to the most high of the pyramid and access. THE DATE THAT PUT NOT IS WHICH WAS, OBVIOUSLY BUT NOT ME LETS PUT THE DATE IN THAT WENT TO CHICHEN ITZA.
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  • Visit Cancun or Playa del Carmen means spending a day trip to Chichen-Itza, a marvel built by man for over 1000 years. Cancun can go there in rental car in excellent toll road (Mexico-180 D), an infinite straight out and no filling stations (only after you enter it is that there's a sign telling you that the next gas station is almost 140 km away, in Valladolid). This long stretch of 200 km and approximate dual carriageway you will find a gas station on the highway and two toll plazas. And nothing more. But it's a fast and secure to reach Chichen-Itza. Watch out for the guards, as it is difficult to maintain a top speed of 110 km/h, even more than the traffic is almost non-existent (due to the toll expensive, costs about R $ 70.00/80.00 to arrive in Chichen-Itzá). On the way back, if you want to know the reality of the Mexican population, and you don't want to pay toll, can come back for a parallel road (the Mexico 180), simple track which goes through some 20 villages, each with its many speed bumps and speed limited to 40 km/h. time travel on toll road is ± 2 hours on the highway without toll increases to 3 to 4 hours. But it's worth it to see some of the hard-reality of true Mexican people.
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  • Very well regenerated structure is. Remember to be up front and cheer to hear the song of the bird.
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  • The worst. We went there for the beautiful view. Beef burrito had old ground meat in it. It stunk as I brought the fork up to my mouth. The bees were so bad that we had to eat inside. Then an employee was doing something in the sink (washing dishes??) and the whole area was overcome with dirty sour water smell. We ordered frozen margaritas. They suggested regular because the machine wasn't freezing yet. There was hardly any tequilla in the pitcher then charged us $20 for it. Never will go back again. Needs to be on the show Restaurant Impossible for major updates on decor and food.
  • The place is majestic. You can feel the history all around you. I like to imagine the Mayan people walking around going about their everyday business. It truly is amazing. There really is no describing it. The vendors can get a bit pushy though.
  • This is what you come for. Like another "wonder" Petra the main building greets you right as you enter the complex and it's quite a moment to see it. What I didn't realise is every picture shows you the main 2 faces where staircase is in immaculate condition but the other 2 are anything but which is interesting. I also found out if you sit down on your own for a few minutes close by people will ask to take photos of them many times :)
  • The Temple of Kukulkan is an iconic pyramid, the image of the mayan architecture. Incredible.
  • The ancient pyramid stands tall and reverent. The stone it is made of has seen many an age. A must see for anyone with a soul.
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