The Mayan equinox attracts thousands of visitors to Chichén Itzá in the Yucatán Peninsula each year. As the afternoon light bathes the main stairway, the northwest corner of the pyramid casts a haunting shadow against the western balustrade to create the illusion of a 120 foot long rattlesnake slithering down the stairway, connecting to a huge stone serpent’s head at the bottom.
Ancient astronomers and architects are to thank for this phenomena, which can be seen during both the Spring and Autumn equinoctes. The Autumnal equinox will occur this Sunday 21 September 2014, with the Spring event occurring on 20 March 2015.
Although Chichén Itzá is the most famous site to view this spectacle, the clever Mayan’s also created marvels at Tulum too. Stay at the 5* Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa on the Mexican Riviera, surrounded by a sugar white sand beach, lush tropical gardens and just a 5 minute drive away from the impressive Mayan site of Tulum.