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. Find out how to plan Chichen Itza trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • Incredible monument must to understand the Mayan calendar, and in which you can see interesting visual effects.
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  • This represented the Mayan calendar... coinciding with the Gregorian calendar, with the difference that was built several centuries before that to emerge this last... wonder when I'll know more details
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  • You get blown away with the Mayans. They got hundreds of years ago, are still in place, and they endure rather than new construction. And to say its meaning, it was nothing because if control the Sun, the Moon and stars that accurately years ago it's amazing.
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  • Beautiful grounds historic and sacred! Bring water it gets warm there and definitely your camera!! Such an amazing astrological sight, with the equinox and the pyramid its just an amazing place to see how advanced the Mayans truly were!
  • Great experience. Definitely recommend scheduling with a guide to learn about the culture. Well worth a visit if in surrounding area.
  • Very magical place. But it was very busy the day we went. One line to pay one line actually get into site both very long. Drink lots of water it was hot. They have very beautiful souvenirs so take cash. If you really want something negotiate on price.
  • What a great experience! The kids were studying this subject in school and we decided to make it real. The adjacent Mayaland Hotel was fantastic. The grounds around the ruins are so well kept. You can almost close your eyes and image what life was like during the highpoint of the Mayan culture. It can get a little warm depending on what time of year you visit so bring lots of water. The vendors are the biggest turn off as they are everywhere and will not leave you alone. If you can get over that, then you'll have a great time.
  • Beautiful and breathtaking historical site. Recommend going with tour guide to learn as much as possible about the amazing history of the Mayan people.

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