Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is known for its beautiful beaches, refreshing cenotes, quaint colonial cities, and mesmerizing pyramids.
Located in the Yucatan state, Chichen Itza is one of the most popular and visited sites in the area, with more than 2.6 million visitors in recent years. You might have visited Chichen Itza before. If you have, you will agree with us that the archeologic site is awe-inspiring on its own.
However, when you visit during the Spring Equinox, the experience will be even more unforgettable. While we enjoy the light and sound show, we also celebrate the beginning of spring through an ancient, spiritual and traditional ceremony.
Chichen Itza is a UNESCO World Heritage site and considered one of the “Seven Wonders of the Modern World” due to its cultural and archeological significance.
A pre-Columbian city built by the Maya more than 2,000 years ago, Chichen Itza is an impressive site with an even grander history. Onsite guides provide all the information you need to learn more about Chichen Itza’s significance and importance, including interesting facts like the site’s amazing acoustic and visuals.
Among Chichen Itza’s outstanding structures, the “Great Pyramid of Kukulkan: is the most important because it represents God and the Mayan calendar, with 365 steps that end at the bottom with the feathered snakehead.
Visiting this site once is not enough to understand the full majesty and magic of Chichen Itza. There are many more things to discover and to experience at the different Mayan celebrations throughout the year. The Spring Equinox celebration is one of the best.
Every extraordinary archeological zone has a rock star, and for Chichen Itza, it is the Kukulkan Pyramid.
The pyramid symbolizes the god Kukulkan, who is represented as a feathered snake. For the ancient Maya, his descent down the steps of the pyramid marks the beginning of the farming season and the hope of a prosperous harvest.
In modern times, visitors and locals gather around the Kukulkan Pyramid on March 21st of each year to witness the optical illusion that was perfectly designed by architects and priests who built the pyramids, and we can see today. For 45 minutes, when the sun shines on the monument, the shapes and lighting create a visual of the snake slowly descending the steps.
Kukulkan’s descent at Chichen Itza is an annual event that draws visitors from around the world.
Planning is the best way to secure your spot. We recommend an all-inclusive day excursion with round-trip transportation, stopping at a cenote, and lunch. Expect to pay around $190 USD per person, including transportation, and depending on the size of your party.
Please keep in mind the location of your vacation rental because the Riviera Maya is about a 2.5-hour drive from Chichen Itza.
If you are visiting Riviera Maya during Easter, the Chichen Itza equinox is a must-see spectacle. Send us an e-mail at [email protected] and request a quote for the upcoming Spring Equinox. Please feel free to ask more recommendations and local tips to make the most of your Riviera Maya adventure.