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El Castillo, Chichen Itza

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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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  • Incredible construction. Everything they thought and created the Maya when lifting this temple is fabulous
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  • A wonderful place... exciting it is worth hiring a guide to give context to this awesome place
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  • With the Kukulcan pyramid, El Castillo is the another monumental piece of this quoted history of the Maya.
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  • 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.