It’s getting close to the autumn equinox when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of night and day are nearly equal. In some parts of the world, this occasion is celebrated in an amazing way. Rather than dwelling on the thought of winter approaching, you could experience a special event instead!
An incredible phenomenon will take place at Mayan sites around México. The equinox draws huge crowds at the famous Chichén Itzá archaeological site to witness the remarkable spectacle of light and shadow giving the impression of a snake slithering along the steps of the famous Kukulkan pyramid’s north stairway, symbolizing the city’s contact with their gods. Astrology was of huge importance to the Mayans and the pyramid’s 365 steps are all symbols of the intricate Mayan calendar.
Equinox package at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa
Best At Travel is offering 7 nights on All-Inclusive at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa from £1199 per person, including a full day excursion to Chichén Itzá! Price is based on British Airways flights departing London Gatwick 19 September 2016. Dreams Tulum is a family-friendly resort set directly on the beach close to Playa del Carmen. Find out more.
Chichén Itzá is a 2 ½ hour drive from the Cancun / Riviera Maya coast and can be visited by taking a day trip excursion from your hotel (from US$79 per person), as part of a tour of the diverse Yucatan area or as part of a tour of the fascinating country of México .
Date: The autumn equinox: 22 & 23 September – you could be there!
Time: This usually takes place around 4pm
Spring Equinox: Dates for the spring equinox will be between 19-23 March 2017 (exact dates TBC)
A similar incredible phenomenon at a Mayan archaeological site takes place during the summer and winter solstice at Tulum, which was a sea port and the only settlement by the coast. Nowadays Tulum is one of the most popular excursions as it’s easily accessible from the hotel resorts and is particularly photogenic with the sparkling turquoise sea as a back drop. (Half day excursion available from US$69 per person).
Aztec & Mayan Tour: To experience the highlights of México’s two main ancient civilisations, the Aztecs & Mayans, we have a superb tour beginning in Mexico City and ending at the Mayan Riviera: Find out more about our Aztec & Maya Encounters Tour
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Joanne Ellis is a product manager for the Caribbean & Mexico and has travelled extensively throughout Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, visiting some of the best Mayan archaeological sites including Chichén Itzá, Uxmal and Tulum.