El Castillo, Chichen Itza, Yucatán, Mexico


What can you expect:

El Castillo, known as the Temple of Kukulcán, is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. If you are traveling to Cancun, Playa del Carmen, of one of the many hotsports located in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, there are more sights you absolutely must-see. But the El Castillo is one not to be missed! The pyramid building is more formally designated by archaeologists as Chichen Itza Structure 5B18.

The Kukulkan Pyramid (El Castillo), is the most impressive building in the Chichen Itza archaeological site, and one of the tallest in all of the Mayan architecture. Unfortunately for visitors, no, Chichen Itza Pyramid is not allowed to climb.

As the towering El Castillo gets most of the attention, some travellers are surprised to find the site has much more to offer: think sacred cenotes, sprawling temples adorned with intricate stone carvings, and forests leading to crumbling ruins.

Photographer: Dick Hoskins


You do not need to go on a Chichen Itza private tour to have your own quiet time here; in fact, this would not help at all as they generally arrive too late in the day.

Entry tickets for El Castillo, Chichen Itza are sold at the box office located near the main entrance. It is advisable to bring sufficient cash.

Ticket Prices:
486 pesos
Mexican citizens (not residents of Yucatan): 207 pesos on Monday to Saturday and 127 pesos on Sundays
Residents of Yucatan state: 80 pesos

Opening hours:

Monday8am – 4:30pm
Tuesday8am – 4:30pm
Wednesday8am – 4:30pm
Thursday8am – 4:30pm
Friday8am – 4:30pm
Saturday8am – 4:30pm
Sunday8am – 4:30pm
Photographer: Bianca Célestin

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