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El Caracol - Observatorio

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Address: Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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El Caracol

Important and enjoyable archaeological site for understanding North American / Mexican / Mayan development

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Pasadena, California
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Pasadena, California
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Important and enjoyable archaeological site for understanding North American / Mexican / Mayan development

Hereford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

All of the Chichen Itza complex is just amazing and much bigger than I thought, we visited it in April and it was very hot.

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Niteroi, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 368 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

This constuction at the Chichén Itzá site was once an astronomical observatory. The observatory is called "Caracol", that means snail (because of the spiral form of the observatory stairs) and is above a raised platform.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

More at Chichen Itza than we could have ever imagined. Go and explore! You'll find ruins everywhere and lots to learn...

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Monterrey, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

This building is a littlw outside the central area, I'd recommend visiting it after noon right before leaving the site, it is as beautiful as Kukulkan's temple and I'd say as important. After visiting read a little bit about it, I promise you won't be disappointed.

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Southport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

You'll find this place while wandering around Chichen Itza. It's one of the more intact and impressive buildings. We didn't have a guide with us, so we had to just imagine Mayan astronomers observing the movement of the stars and theorising with what scientific knowledge they had at the time and filling in the blanks with their gods and spirits.

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Zilina Region, Slovakia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Little remote from main Kukulcan pyramid, but walking pays off. All complex there is very nice a very interesting

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Mexico City, Mexico
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18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Excelent place, the observatory, great architecture, the top perfectly rounded makes you think how could they do this, what kinf of tecnology they have access to.

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Wolfville, Canada
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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Astonishing to realise the maya had advanced understanding of the movement of the planets hundreds of years before galileo was born.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 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

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