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El Castillo

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Address: Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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A spectacular 75-foot high pyramid in the ancient Mayan city of Chichén...

A spectacular 75-foot high pyramid in the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá.

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Must see pyramid

This is probably the highlight of the Chichen Itza area. If you hang around and watch the guided tours you can see the echoes that the pyramid creates and they will explain how... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is probably the highlight of the Chichen Itza area. If you hang around and watch the guided tours you can see the echoes that the pyramid creates and they will explain how the shadows of the serpents travel up and down the pyramid every equinox. Some good photo opportunities.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's part of a large city and well worth a day visit start early with a guide to understand the vast history and knowledge of ancient people and wars and revivals to experience first hand an 8th wonder a highlight of torturing Mexico.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Out of several structures in the area this is the most famous and the one that is similar to other Maya pyramids. Being in the area it is the central spot on the visit and all paths and roads lead here anyhow.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing structure and lots of small details. Shadows casts, echoing etc. We enjoyed it. So can only recommend

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you enter the site either thru the main or back entrance you will first approach the west or south side of El Castillo respectively. Both those sides are fully restored based on the outlines of the north and east sides of the pyramid with the former partially restored and the latter left as it was found by archeologists. It's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Bring your camera and a notebook. You should see my photos on great blue skty and white puffy cloud day! Temp was 38C/100F but humidity was low, so very tolerable, In summer it gets hot.-- in fact in May it gets to 45C. Great mayan guide who spoke three languages, extremely literate in English, I had read a lot on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This pyramid is a great reason to visit Chichen Itza! Built by the Mayans, there are many aspects that relate to the Mayan calendar and forecasting the weather. A guide is a necessity to ensure you hear all the fascinating history and intricate details of this magnificent feat of engineering A must see at Chichen Itza!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Once you reach it all the vendors and hawkers disappear- it is a sight to behold, and quite easy to get a great photo from any angle or distance. The guides are wonderful and will tell you all you want to know. My favorite part was learning about the acoustics: from hearing your clap come back to you, to the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Very crowded but worth visiting. El Castillo is the central temple in Chichen Itza which is a showcase of mayan's astronomical and architenctural skills. Its a master piece among mayan ruins in Yuncatan region - listen to the tour guide explanation.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

El Castillo is the central temple in Chichen Itza which is a showcase of mayan's astronomical and architenctural skills (See Chichen Itza Equinox). Its a master piece among mayan ruins in Yuncatan region and usually confused with "whole Chichen Itza"

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