, ,

Discover the mystery of the fall Equinox at Chichen Itza

The ancient cities of the Maya have an air of mystery whenever you visit them but for many travelers, a trip to the World Heritage Site of Chichen Itza in September to witness the Equinox offers even more wonders.

On September 23, the day of the fall Equinox, the Pyramid of Kukulcan or El Castillo that dominates the Great Plaza at Chichen Itza, reveals its secret. In ancient times, it was a solar clock and calendar marking the passage of the seasons.

The pyramid is aligned to catch the rays of the setting sun on the days of the spring and fall equinoxes in March and September. Triangles of light and shadow appear along the side of the north staircase forming the rippling body of a snake. It merges with the head of a stone serpent at the foot of the building, creating the illusion of a gigantic reptile coming down from the sky and slithering across the ground towards the Sacred Cenote.

The snake symbolizes Kukulcan (also known as Quetzalcoatl in central Mexico), the feathered serpent god, returning to earth to give hope to his followers and heralding the spring planting and fall harvest seasons for the Maya.

The snake of light and shadow is also visible the day before and after the equinox, cloud cover permitting.

Thomas More Travel offers a variety of day trips to Chichen Itza, choose the one that suits you best and discover this incredible ancient city.

At dawn on the Equinox, people also gather in Dzibilchaltun, an archaeological site to the north of Merida, to watch the sunrise. The rising sun appears framed
by the doorway of the Temple of the Seven Dolls, the principal temple in the ancient city, so named because seven ceramic figurines were found in the inner sanctum.

 

 

Related post

Royal Uno: a new resort concept at The Royal Caribbean

The Royal Caribbean has now closed for a complete renovation and redesign of the resort service areas and villas. We are excited to announce that it is scheduled to reopen on December 1, 2020 as Royal Uno®, the flagship resort of the latest brand developed by the Royal Resorts® group. Royal Uno marks an expansion […]

The Royal Sands Villa Update

At The Royal Sands in Cancun, 299 villas have now been renovated as part of the Villa Refurbishment Program and have new furniture and soft furnishings in a crisp and contemporary color scheme. The project is slated for completion in 2020.  

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.