The main feature in Chichen Itza, El Castillo is a large temple that was once the center of life for the Maya people, perhaps between the ninth and 12th centuries. Today it helps researchers and visitors learn about the Mayas who once lived here.
Every night, the temple is filled with multi-colored lights, and loudspeakers tell a short story on the daily life of the Maya people. For any person interested in history, natives of the new world, or just simply curious, this grand castle is not a sight to be missed.
Standing 30 meters high at its tallest point, the temple juts out of the ground and is decorated with carvings of animals and symbols. It consists of several square terraces and stairways leading to the top. Unfortunately, you will have to settle for the ground view, as the site no longer allows visitors to climb up the pyramid. One unique feature of the architecture is that during the spring and autumn equinoxes, the sun hits the northern corner just right in the afternoon to create the illusion of a feathered snake climbing down the pyramid.
El Castillo is located in Chichen Itza, ensuring visitors to this region of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean will have easy site access throughout their trip. You can expect little traffic surrounding this historic site, especially as there aren't many hotel rooms close.
|Mayaland Hotel & Bungalows||Hotel||0.3 mi. (0.2 km)||S|
|Hacienda Chichen Resort||Lodge||1.4 mi. (2.4 km)||NW|
There are a decent number of food establishments to consider in the neighborhood encompassing this historical site. The most proximate restaurant is, which is an easy to come by buffet. The dining establishment is a small distance off. and are additional dining possibilities in the area where guests can try something different in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.
The Chichen Itza park is open from 8:00am until 5:30pm.
Admission into the Chichen Itza park is 88 pesos.
Location: Chichen Itza, Mexico
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