A giant Mayan calender, the step pyramid dedicated to Kukulkan, known as El Castillo to the Spaniards, is a wonder of symmetry and stoic grace.
After you have paid your admission, had your ticket punched and walked the gauntlet of trinket hawkers, the avenue of trees opens up to the rising form of El Castillo, the great pyramid of Kukulkan.
You can’t look away. And neither can the 500 hundred other people milling about the base of the ancient structure. The ascending levels and steps tell a story of Mayan cosmology.
It is around El Castillo that you swing like a pendulum as you make exploratory circles around Chichen Itza, always the temple centering your gravity.