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Reviewed 14 July 2019

This is one of the buildings on the Chicken Itza complex. It is in good condition but you are not allowed to climb it you can only look from afar. It was the place where astronomy was studied and an observatory. Archaeologists are still working...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 April 2019

This is part of the Chichen Itza Heritage Site. Mayan astronomers (super talented) climbed the spiral staircase to gaze at the heavens and make their best predictions. This building was named after the spiral staircase; El Caracol means snail.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 25 February 2019

Interesting to find out how the ancient civilizations used to live and how they have developed their theories regarding time and space.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 16 February 2019

In the early morning, it is worth getting up if you are staying at the Mayaland, and capturing the observatory in the early morning light. It is a unique structure, not seen anywhere else in the Yucatan

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 28 January 2019 via mobile

El Caracol is part of the site that Chichen Itza is set within so even if you're not planning on spending too long in the area, is a must visit. Its another great example of how the Mayan people constructed their buildings and although it's...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 13 December 2018

This is a lot more secluded than the teemingly busy El Castillo and makes for a great, unobscured photo. It is a must see, being just a few minutes walk from El Castillo.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

As everything in Chichén Itzá, is closed so you can only take pictures from the line. Very deteriorated and sad to see.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

Very much enjoyed being able to spend so much time at this site. The observatory was absolutely beautiful and I would love to return one day

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 19 September 2018

Observatory building at Chichen Itza archaeological site, on guided tour your will be provided by details about astronomical skills of Mayan culture.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 4 September 2018

This big ruin served as ancient Mayan observatory and is the only one with a dome in the Chichen Itza site. El Caracol (The Snail) is said to have gotten its name for its spiral staircase. As with the rest of the ruins, barriers surround...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Yes. Only a short walk from the pyramid. It's the oldest part of the site I think.
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