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Reviewed 26 April 2015

The Observatory is also known as El Caracol which is Spanish for snail as a spiral staircase inside the ruins does resemble a snail’s shell. The structure was likely built around 906 CE. The building is believed to have been used for astronomical observations as...More

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Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

As everything in Chichén Itzá, is closed so you can only take pictures from the line. Very deteriorated and sad to see.

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Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

Very much enjoyed being able to spend so much time at this site. The observatory was absolutely beautiful and I would love to return one day

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Reviewed 19 September 2018

Observatory building at Chichen Itza archaeological site, on guided tour your will be provided by details about astronomical skills of Mayan culture.

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Reviewed 4 September 2018

This big ruin served as ancient Mayan observatory and is the only one with a dome in the Chichen Itza site. El Caracol (The Snail) is said to have gotten its name for its spiral staircase. As with the rest of the ruins, barriers surround...More

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Reviewed 31 August 2018

This was a super cool thing to learn about on our trip, so much interesting history and info. Would love to see at night

Thank Haley W
Reviewed 18 August 2018

My favorite structure in Chichen Itza after El Castillo. Unfortunately you are not allowed to climb up the stairs.

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Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Why does trip advisor need reviews for different parts of the same complex? Anyway, the observatory is cool, but would be more interesting if you could see it at night. Nice to stumble upon.

Thank Raoul G
Reviewed 10 August 2018

We enjoyed having a guided tour of the Observatory and learning about the astronomical and mathematical skills of the ancient Indians there. Also learned how the observatory was important to the Mayan religion and their calendar.

Thank Jeff W
Reviewed 7 August 2018

This is part of the experience when you see Xichen - just a total wonder - this is the Observatory where the Mayans studied everything that we've come to learn and know today.

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Reviewed 23 July 2018

This is all part of the Chichen Itza archeologic site. There ar a lot of stories about this place, but there is nothing to verify it with as all the Mayan codexes have been destroyed. Would hae been great to be able to study them...More

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Response from Ross H | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Only a short walk from the pyramid. It's the oldest part of the site I think.
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