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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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  • Really enjoyed this tour. But it is very hot out, so dress light! Wear hats or bring an umbrella...Expect to see a lot of people selling souvenirs it's almost a turn off. But I guess that's their sour...  more »
  • As mentioned, this is the best attraction in the Chichen Itza area. It is hardly confusing as to why it has been considered as one of the modern wonders of the world. A visit early in the day is sugge...  more »
  • Between El Catilo and Kulkulcan nearby you will see the two images you most associate with Mexico, never mind Chichen itza. It is a magnificent pyramid,a scarcely believable piece of human innovation ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Breathtaking and spectacular, an ancient world wonder that will have any historical enthusiast taken back in time. Defiantly a must see once in a lifetime. The Mayan empire is full of wonders, mystery, and incredible intellect.
  • Just beautiful! But even in the morning the sun is really strong so drink a lot of water!
  • An amazing experience! We could've driven there from Cancun, but got scared because of the tour salesman. I wish we didn't listen. Couldn't enjoy the whole site as I wanted to, because of the tour time limit. Definitely going back!
  • Very hot and lots of walking. Definitely rent the umbrellas and bring water. Take the early morning tours to beat the crowds. Beautiful place.