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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  • It is another way to call the pyramid of kukulcan is very large and imposing, unfortunately for some time now overshadowed by street vendors and trade of all kinds, a penalty.
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  • We booked a tour from the port of Progresso. Really did not know what to expect other than "Mayan Ruins" from college history classes. The tour guide (Gabriel), a descendent of the Mayans who also spo...  more »
  • I was about 6 times in Mexico and this pyramid is one of the most beautiful and interesting that you can visit. It would be better to read a guide on the pyramid because it hides many secrets and many interesting things, like if you make a time lapse the shadow on scalona form a snake or if you contact a nearby front pyramid site just clapping to get an echo increibile and almost endless. I highly recommend it for those who go on holiday in the State of Quintana roo
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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.

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