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Equinox in Chichen Itza, Dzibilchaltun, and more

If you visit an ancient city, which was powerful and very spiritual, you better get some positive energy and experience it in a unique way: be part of the archeo-astronomical effect during the equinoxes, observed in several places in Mexico and South American cultures. The 2 most famous in Yucatan are Chichen Itza and Dzibilchaltun, and you can enjoy both on the same day.

The cultures of Ancient Mexico studied widely the sky, universe, minerals, etc. This explains why you may perceive energy at the top of many of their structures, or the relation to the movement of the Sun and other astrological movements, which would seem imperceptible to the human eye are so precise. The movement of the Sun helped them determine the time and they saved it through calendars. In this way they related the past to anticipate the future. Their celestial understanding determined cycles, as the beginning and end of seasons. Very clever!

The effects of these observations on ancient structures can be appreciated both at the spring equinox, March 21st, and the autumn equinox, September 21st. With spring, they began sowing whereas in autumn, they harvested. Astronomically, this is the moment when Earth's equator passes through the center of the Sun, giving the same illumination to both northern and southern hemispheres... day and night are of equal duration.

Chichen Itza

During the sunset, the north staircase of the Chichén Itzá’s Castle reflects a serpentine projection: 7 inverted triangles of light, as a result of the shadow of the nine platforms of the structure. This effect simulates a snake going down the pyramid, in the direction of the Sacred Cenote.

Chichen Itza being one of the 7 new wonders of the world, is the 2nd most visited in Mexico during these days; consider that the effect is visible even 1 or 2 days before and after the official date.


In Dzibilchaltun the effect is observed during dawn through the portal in the temple of "The Seven Dolls". For these occasions, INAH usually authorizes the opening of the archaeological site from 4am.

If you've visited an archaeological site at different times of the year, you've probably noticed the energetic and spiritual difference when you find yourself at key areas within each one. And although the archeo-astronomical effect is not so appreciable at other sites, the spiritual sensation is still present. Many people attend different ruins sites to load themselves of energy during the beginning of spring or autumn.

In Campeche:

In Chiapas:

  • Bonampak
  • Palenque

In Mexico State:

  • Teotihuacan

In Quintana Roo:

In Yucatan:

Valuable info

Chichen Itza

Visit this majestic ancient city by bike, or enjoying a cenote nearby; check different alternatives here.

Chichen Itza can be reached through the Merida - Valladolid - Cancun highway.

The nearest destinations with restaurants and hotels are Pisté (1km) and Valladolid (45km).

There is public transportation from Mérida and from Cancún.


Visit Dzibilchaltun when in Merida and swim at its cenote! You can arrive biking or simply visit it before heading to the beach.

By public transport from Merida, you can arrive by bus or colectivos.

Remember there is an open-to-public cenote, take your bathing suit with you.


It is advisable to bring insect repellent, biodegradable sunscreen and water.

Remember heat can be extreme, especially from April to September.

Care for nature, take all your litter and garbage back with you; take special care of glassware and / or campfires.


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