El Castillo
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This impressive pyramid dominates Chichén Itzá's landscape, standing an imposing 24 meters high.
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Brandylady
Aberdeen, UK1,315 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Unfortunately you can no longer climb the pyramid .... I was just taking a photo and 3 figures appeared at the top , but it was workmen working on the masonry around the top ! Watched them descend step by step on their bottoms .. it is very steep and no railings , to be honest probably best we are not allowed to climb up it !
Written 28 February 2020
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Jorge Daniel Reyes
Santiago de Veraguas, Panama77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This would be a place where you can appreciate the foundations of one of the greatest civilizations that existed in America before the conquest. With exceptional architecture, you will see first-hand a vestige of what life was like for the people who lived there, their customs and the enormous skills they had in the fields of architecture and buildings.

If in doubt, a place that I would visit again.
Written 18 September 2020
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Well, this is the main attraction of Chichen Itza and one of the most famous landmarks in the world. It's enlisted in the new seven wonders of the world.
It's full name is Temple of Kukulkan - a feather divine beast adorned by Maya which had supernatural powers.
On El Castillo, Kukulkan is carved twisted on both sides of the northern stairway. It's so immaculately built that only twice a year, during the spring and autumn equinoxes, the sun illuminates its entire length from top to bottom (amazing, see it on Youtube).
Besides that there're more interesting facts - the pyramid has 9 levels plus the Temple on top. Each side's staircase has 91 stairs, which multiplied by 4 sides and the Temple on top makes the grand total of 365 (days in year).
Written 9 February 2021
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msa23_2000
Chino Hills, CA1,451 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
The heart of Chichen Itza. A guide really helped us better understand and appreciate the history and symbolism. You can’t climb it, but that’s ok. We went in the afternoon and it was not too crowded. Lots of Covid precautions, temperature check /‘d mask requirements.
Written 22 November 2020
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Patty Kanyaporn
390 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
One such wonder is the Kukulkan Pyramid, also known as El Castillo, a magnificent structure that captivates visitors with its architectural prowess and intriguing acoustic phenomenon.

This majestic structure is not just visually stunning; it also possesses a fascinating sonic quality. When you stand facing the base of the pyramid and clap your hands, a distinct echo reverberates back, resembling the chirp of a serpent.

The chirping echo is not just a random sound; it holds cultural significance. The Maya people believed that Kukulkan, the feathered serpent god, descended to Earth from the heavens. The echo resembling a chirp was thus interpreted as the voice of the god responding to the claps of the worshippers. This act of clapping served as a form of communication or offering to the deity.

A very warm day for walking around but the queue was worth the wait!
Written 1 March 2024
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Steve Lewis
Lausanne, Switzerland894 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This temple is probably the best restored temple in the area. You can see a fully restored face while another one shows how it was discovered.

As they remove most of the surrounding trees, you can see very well the temple \

Go early as the heat could simply disgust you from staying
Written 11 March 2020
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Phil R
Kansas City, MO715 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Solo
Very good temple. Very beautiful and well maintained. The grounds around the temple are very well maintained and easy for anyone with mobility challenges to get to the site. The echo from clapping near the stairs was very interesting. If you stay later in the day there are fewer people and you can get a picture with no one in front of it.
Written 2 October 2021
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bucketlisttravellers
Sydney, Australia3,655 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This pyramid is the main event in Chichen-Itza. It is surrounded by smaller temples and other ancient buildings. If you come earlier in the day it's easier to get an unobstructed shot. We found it quite amusing to watch people taking creative photos with the pyramid such as using perspective and angles to make it look like they were holding the pyramid.
Written 16 February 2020
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Sam
Columbia, SC6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Solo
Amigo tours with Tony and Richardo was absolutely amazing. It was very informative and organized. Tony put a realistic and humane perspective on the country. Lunch was very tasty. I would gladly take the tour again. The cenote visit was equally as exciting.
Sam
Written 26 February 2021
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Jack
Old Bethpage, NY3,155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The Templo de Kukulkán also known as El Castillo is the large center pyramid that you think of when Chichen Itzá is brought up. It is truly an incredible astronomical ancient Mayan monument. There are 91 steps on each side plus 1 on the top representing the days in each season. This Temple is also considered to be the center point of the Yucatán Peninsula. Overall, I highly recommend visiting this temple.
Written 9 March 2024
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