Templo de Kukulkan, Chichen Itza

#2 of 7 in Historic Sites in Chichen Itza
Ruin · Historic Site
An awe-inspiring monument dominating the center of the Chichen Itza archaeological site, Templo de Kukulkan has become an icon of Yucatan. At 24 m (78 ft) high, the Maya pyramid casts an almighty shadow, its four sides of steps interrupted only by sculptures of plumed serpents twisting down the northern balustrade. The 91 steps on each side, including the top temple platform, add up to 365—the number of days in the Maya calendar. During the spring and autumn equinoxes, the late afternoon sun creates an unusual shadow illusion; a serpent seems to crawl down the northwest face, eventually joining a carved stone serpent head at the base of the pyramid. To visit Templo de Kukulkan and other attractions in Chichen Itza, use our Chichen Itza itinerary builder tool.
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  • Must see as it is the iconic face of Chichen Itza. There are four faces which you can walk around, but unfortunately not climb.  more »
  • The Temple of Kukulkan is the large pyramid that dominates the Chichen Itza Archaeological Zone. It is also known as “El Castillo” or “The Castle”. All 4 sides of the pyramid have 91 steps plus the....  more »
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