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Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza

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Must see · World heritage site · Ruin · Historic Site
Over a thousand years old yet remarkably well-preserved, the World Heritage-listed Mayan architecture of Chichen Itza draws huge numbers of tourists every year. Once one of the largest Maya cities, the ruins consist of numerous stone buildings, originally linked by a well-planned network of paved streets. The biggest crowds gather at the autumnal and vernal equinoxes, when the sun's rays produce an illusion of a snake climbing up the stairs of the imposing central pyramid. A nightly light-and-sound show recreates the spectacle for those visiting at other times. Use our Chichen Itza day trip planning tool to arrange your visit to Chichen Itza and other attractions in Chichen Itza.
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  • Beautifully restored ruins. Yes you will look silly but go ahead and join the others in clapping to make the echo at the top. The ball court has some wonderfully preserved carvings showing some...  more »
  • Overall great to see and we had a great guide who provided lots of information. It takes about 2 hours maximum there. I don't think tourists would ever want to go back a second time, but if you are...  more »

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