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El Caracol - Observatorio

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Address: Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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A picturesque Mayan ruin! You can get a great shot of it through the doorway of the Mayaland hotel! Gorgeous! Definitely worth checking out!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A picturesque Mayan ruin! You can get a great shot of it through the doorway of the Mayaland hotel! Gorgeous! Definitely worth checking out!

Thank Linsey H
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful place with immense history. Would highly recommended ensuring you have a highly rated tour guide to ensure you are able to learn the significance of this wonder and the history behind the area you are visiting, you will definitely appreciate the experience much more.

Thank TaranR1
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently visited the Yucatan area for the first time, and i was looking forward to seeing the Mayan ruins in the area, when we got out at our hotel at the lodge at Chichen Itza, the very first ruin I saw (from the main entrance way) was the Caracol, needless to say, an extreme jaw dropping view, I took... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The observatory is not a part of the tour with large groups. Fortunately, we hired a private tour guide and he took to see the Observatory and several other structures that are off the radar for large groups. Seeing this part of the Ruins helped me to understand how advanced the Mayan were for their time. So please don't go... More 

Thank J-W
Martinez, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

It's amazing to see how observatories haven't changed. This is so old and so beautiful! I wish we could have climbed it!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

The observatory is mind blowing and makes you wonder about purpose, ability, dedication, and knowledge the Maya had a long time ago.

Thank Erik W
Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

This is a little tucked away compared to the main attraction pyramid and therefore there are far fewer tourists about. This is a bit of a walk from the main pyramid via forested area and you may well be bitten once or twice by a mosquito but it's totally worth it.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

The observatory at Chichen Itza is a ways off from the "town" containing the majority of structures. It, like other structures, is roped off for preservation. There are lots of trees along a path taking you there. Unfortunately, there are lots of vendors there as well, but they are good-natured when hearing, "No, Gracias." The observatory was used by the... More 

Thank heyjudithz
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

The experience here was amazing. Chichen itza is a place that must be seen on a trip to Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, or even Cancun.

Thank James R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Must see when you visit Chichen Itza. There is nice field of green grass in front where you can sit down and take a break as well as benches under a sprawling set of trees. Also this section of the ruins wasn't as crowded as the central plaza.

Thank KimHaddon

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