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Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lot more secluded than the teemingly busy El Castillo and makes for a great, unobscured photo. It is a must see, being just a few minutes walk from El Castillo.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank WilliamThomas
Reviewed 8 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank EriBrunette
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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Navigator117124
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.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank JaroslavNecas
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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank baroom
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

Date of experience: August 2018
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.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank 934edgardp
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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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.

Date of experience: December 2017
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.

Date of experience: July 2018
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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.