Chichen Itza is one of the most important Mayan cities in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is also one of the Seven Wonders of the World, reasons enough for it to be a must-visit in your list of activities while in Cancun.
The Mayan civilization is known for its amazing knowledge of astronomy and its great development, compared to other contemporary civilizations. Its territory occupies the entire Yucatan Peninsula (the states of Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Campeche), Belize and Guatemala, and this vast area is studded with archeological remains.
Any time of year is good to visit Chichen Itza’s archeological zone, in the state of Yucatan; but there is a key date when an event of even more beauty takes place: March 21st each year, during the Spring equinox, the descent of the god Kukulcan to us can be witnessed.
You don’t believe me? The architecture of the city is designed to reflect the movement of the sun and the moon on the firmament, in such a way that we can see how, descending towards the Earth, the shadows draw a feathered snake, the symbol that represents Kukulcan, god of the water and, therefore, of abundant crops and economic prosperity for the Mayan people.
At the base of the main pyramid, called The Castle, there are two sculptures representing snake heads, and, at exactly the first moment of Spring, shadows can be seen on the top steps, winding down toward the base of the pyramid in a serpent-like trail. Year after year, this event brings on the arrival of more and more tourists to the archeological zone, so it is recommended to arrive early, to enjoy the excursion and find a good spot to see the performance of lights and shadows.
Moreover, some days a film is presented at sunset on this same pyramid, in which the importance of the city of Chichen Itza, the Mayan culture and its legacy to our times are explained to the public. We must not forget that the Mayan population still exists and that many inhabitants of the area speak Mayan and preserve their pre-Hispanic traditions. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to learn a little more about the Mayans in this incredible light-and-sound show inside the main archeological zone.
This equinox special date also has a meaning of renovation. It aids to let go of the bad and refill oneself with good energy. So don’t hesitate, take this lovely excursion and allow yourself to be infused with the Mayan culture on this magic date.