El Caracol

Photo credit: © Alberto Azparren

This early observatory has windows that line up with different constellations at different parts of the year, allowing the Mayas to keep track of the seasons. In addition to the stars, the Mayas also tracked the sun, allowing them to predict the seasons and best harvesting time.


The Observatory is called el Caracol, which means snail in Spanish, because the interior staircase spirals like a snail's shell.

Staying Close

Those wishing to visit El Caracol may choose to book their trip in Chichen Itza, since visitors to this area of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean will be excited to have convenient access to the historical site during their time there. With only a few accommodations around the community within the vicinity of El Caracol, only a little foot traffic should be anticipated.

Hotels near El Caracol
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Mayaland Hotel & Bungalows Hotel 0.2 mi. (0.2 km) E
Hacienda Chichen Resort Lodge 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) NW

Location and What's Nearby

If you find your belly rumbling after your visit here, think about heading to one of the nearby restaurants. The most frequented nearby eatery is La Casa Del Mayab, which is a convenient buffet. It is maybe about one and a quarter miles from this landmark, so check it out and eat up! Also near El Caracol you will find options like Xunan and Las Mestizas so hopefully, at least one of these nearby picks will appease the entire group.


Operating Hours

The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.


The cost of admission into the Chichen Itza park is 88 pesos.

Contact Information

Location: Chichen Itza, Mexico


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