Trip Planner:   Mexico  /  Yucatan Peninsula  /  Yucatan  /  Chichen Itza  /  Historic Sites  /  El Castillo
El Castillo, Chichen Itza
(4.8/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
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.
Create a full Chichen Itza itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Chichen Itza

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Chichen Itza by other users

16 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM TURKEY March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 7 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM CANADA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM MEXICO May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM GERMANY October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND November, culture, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM CANADA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM RUSSIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA December, culture, outdoors, romantic, museums, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, romantic, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 16 days in Mexico & West Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • And the name of the pyramid of Kulkucan. Pay attention all over it. The guides teach you much about it. Has the story of the bsrulho, the steps, etc. Worth knowing.
    View original
  • Spectacular pyramid by 1000 secrets. Perfectly symmetrical position and astrological guidance only. Awesome amp parts and imagine that all this is being done thousands of years ago the willies. I don't want to dwell over because it is not to be missed this pyramid and once you get there you will discover the many secrets that could assign the role of seventh wonder in the world. VISIT VISIT VISIT
    View original
  • A sight to visit. One of the wonders of the world and if you understood in Mexico you have to go to this place full of magic.
    View original
Google
  • Truly awesome to get to see this place in person, definitely something visit in a lifetime. It was hot as balls, but this place and the rest of the Yucatan peninsula were so beautiful and alive that it still didn't bother us. My wife and I were hesitant to pay $50 for a personal guide, but after the guy talked us through the history and meaning of everything it was well worth it, and we ended up giving him a very good tip, the place is so much interesting and complex if you have someone explain it to you.
  • 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.
  • The Mayan ruins are absolutely astounding - you must see them to believe their beauty and majesty. The ruins themselves get a 5, however the hundreds of people hawking their Mexican crafts, tee shirts, etc. take something away from this experience and lower the rating to a 4. The beautiful ruins at Chichen Itza are a once in a lifetime must see.
  • 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.