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Chichen Itza, Cancún: 54 reviews and 82 photos
Cancun is so close to the Mayan ruins at Chichen-Itza that we thought it was a "must visit"! This was the one tour that we actually paid for, getting the discount rate of US$33 each for a fully-guided day trip (8 AM to 6 PM). These ruins date from about 514 AD and were abandoned by about 1250. Photo of the 75 foot tall El Castillo (or the Pyramid of Kukulkan), the largest structure on the site. The names for the structures were given by the Spaniards when they arrived on the scene in the 1500s. This particular pyramid has 364 steps (91 on each side) plus the top platform to equate to the 365 days of the year. Only the side shown and the left side actually have completed steps - the other two sides were never completely finished. The 45 degree angle of the steps is a bit daunting when you are on the top looking down - the steps are narrow and there are no hand-holds at all. You trip and you are toast!
Address: Inland, 112 miles west of Cancun.
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