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Reviewed 4 September 2019

Outstanding! The center piece of Chichen Itza. The Castillo is considered one of the new 7 wonders of the world. Pyramid is located in the middle of a field surrounded by vendor stalls and a huge herd of tourist who are just interested in taking selfies and have no idea what the Castillo de Kukulcan represents. The pyramid is 28 meters high and has 4 sides with a stairway of 91 steps on each side leading up to the temple located at the top of the pyramid platform. Due to an accident in 2006, tourist are no longer allowed to climb the steps. The north side of the pyramid is now showing signs of decay and one is able to see severe damage to the facade and to the stairway. The remaining 3 sites are well preserved. Take pictures, wander around the pyramid and try to figure out how it was built. It a fascinating look back into time. Note: The sun is merciless. Be sure to have a hat or umbrella, water and sunglasses. Restrooms are located just to the west of the Castillo just prior to the exit from the site. It is a shame that most tourist arrive at Chichen Itza via tour bus and only get to spend a short time viewing this spectacular site. If possible suggest a rental vehicle and make the trip from Cancun and spend time seeing all of the site. Its well worth the effort.

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank dnaleciz
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Reviewed 3 September 2019 via mobile

If interested in sacred pyramidal type structures this is second only to the great pyramid of Egypt. It is incredibly structured and of amazing mathematical proportions. I have climbed this previously including the interior - no longer allowed - however this is a marvel to visualize and on a relatively compact grounds with numerous other ruins. Highly recommend a full day guided tour if in the Cancun area.

Date of experience: September 2019
2  Thank charlessC161UR
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Reviewed 27 August 2019

Kukulkan is the name of a Mesoamerican serpent deity. Prior to the Spanish Conquest of the Yucatán, Kukulkan was worshipped by the Yucatec Maya peoples of the Yucatán Peninsula, in what is now Mexico.
The pyramid consists of a series of square terraces with stairways up to each of the four sides of the upper central temple. Sculptures of feathered serpents run along the sides of the north balustrade. During the spring and autumn equinoxes, the late afternoon sun strikes out the northwest corner of the pyramid and throws a series of triangular shadows against the north-west balustrade, creating the illusion of a "creeping" feathered serpent on the background of the pyramid. The event was very popular, but it is questionable if it is a targeted design result [1]. Each of the four sides of the pyramid has 91 steps which, added together, including the temple platform at the top as the final stage, produces a total of 365 points.
If you are in Mexico, in the Yucatan, you cannot miss this wonder! Amazing...

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank EnjoyTheWord
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Reviewed 13 July 2019

This temple is spectacular and One of the Wonders of the world. It has a snake carving on the outside and a hidden statue on the inside. Unfortunately you can not climb up it anymore but it is still worth a visit. Knowledgeable guides will explain the origins, uses and points of interest pointing out the carvings and their meanings.
There are other things of interest to see here but this is the main temple. If it is hot take an umbrella as this area is exposed and hot even in the morning. You can also see the extra foundation stones for the next layer planned which we were not expecting.

Date of experience: May 2019
3  Thank Holidayhobbyist
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Reviewed 8 July 2019

There are no words to describe the feeling when you're infront of this piece of history frozen in time!

Date of experience: July 2019
2  Thank stefhaniewells
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