Throughout the site, there are wonders to behold. One of the highlights of any visit is to see The Kukulkan Pyramid known as El Castillo (the castle). Exactly 24m high, it’s a truly mysterious time traveller. This glorious step pyramid has a staircase on each side which is decorated with jaguar relief panels and round shields. The total number of steps adds up to 365 which obviously has significance and emphasises the Mayan’s expertise in astronomy.
During the Autumnal equinox, triangular shadows from the pyramid are cast to create the illusion of a gigantic snake. Used for religious ceremonies, human sacrifices would also have been made on the top terrace. Inside the pyramid, another 9-level pyramid was also built, probably for royal burials.
Another impressive monument you can see is The Caracol which was used as an astronomical observatory. A large flight of stairs on two levels leads to the circular tower structure with its windows carefully placed to give the illusion that the tower is turning.