75.2 F
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Chichen Itza lights up in HD

Latest headlines

New benches at ancient archaeological site anger Izamal residents

Modern slab benches detract from an ancient ruin at Izamal, neighbors say. Photo: Courtesy Modern-looking benches installed at...

Being a good neighbor to Yucatán’s roof cats and street dogs

Illustration: Juan Pablo Quintal García Cats replaced people as my friends soon after quarantine 2020 began. 

What my rescue dogs taught me

I thought I knew a lot about dogs until I took in two rescues. I was wrong....

Bus full of construction workers catches fire in Mérida’s north

A bus went up in flames just before 8 this morning in Mérida’s Francisco de Montejo neighborhood.
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox twice a week.

El Castillo, which dominates the center of the Chichen Itza archaeological site, is lit with a series of lights that depict its story.
El Castillo, which dominates the center of the Chichen Itza archaeological site, is lit with a series of lights that depict its story.

Chichen Itza’s Temple of Kukulkan, also known as El Castillo, is glowing brighter than ever, and with more vivid imagery and storytelling, thanks to a new 60 million peso “Nights of Kukulkan” show that debuted Wednesday.

The centerpiece of one of the seven wonders of the modern world is illuminated with computer-generated special effects animations from seven HD projectors. The show explains the culture of the Mayan civilization, narrated with a voice broadcast over a quadraphonic sound system.

Besides the sound and light show, a night tour leads visitors through nine Mayan buildings, including the ball court and the temple of the jaguar throne.

The night tour at the archaeological site starts at the main entrance and around the main archaeological monuments, lasting about 45 minutes. Afterwards, there are seats from which you can enjoy the 25-minute presentation.

A previous show there had broken down after equipment failure made presentations impossible. Critically, the show reportedly does nothing to damage the iconic site. “The new system is a hundred times more technically feasible and less damaging for the archaeological site,” the designer said during its construction.

Chichen Itza was designated a Unesco World Heritage site in 1988. “The sacred site is one of the greatest Mayan centers of the Yucatán peninsula,” Unesco says. Visited annually by 1.2 million people, Chichen Itza is the second most visited archaeological zone in Mexico, after Teotihuacan.

- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

600 acres expropriated in Quintana Roo for new Mayan Train route

Mexico has seized 198 lots of land in Quintana Roo along phase 5 of the Mayan Train's path.

Omicron strain now dominant in Yucatán

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 now appears to be the most common form of the virus in Yucatán.

Exploring Tazumal and Casa Blanca in Western El Salvador

Though part of the Mayan world, archaeological sites in El Salvador have largely remained unvisited by all but the most avid adventurers. But this tiny country boasts several interesting sites full of unique features and blends of cultural traditions. 

Mérida slated to build nearly 100 new highrise towers

Housing and business developments in Mérida have historically been fairly “close to the ground,” but that seems to be changing.

Yucatán’s COVID hospitalizations begin to creep up

Over 3,000 new coronavirus infections were reported this week in Yucatán. On Sunday alone, 652 new cases were detected, and that's likely...

‘Angels’ spreads its wings to the Yucatán Country Club gallery

The "Angels" exhibit has expanded into the exclusive Yucatán Country Club gallery, on view by appointment. Photo: Courtesy

Yucatán wakes up to a cold and windy ‘Mukul’

Mark Callum, a Mérida resident originally from England, helped this Chevy's owner move a huge branch behind the Paseo de Montejo...

Mérida Fest to go forward despite COVID-19 surge

The Ayuntamiento has confirmed that in-person events scheduled for Mérida Fest 2022 will continue as planned.

Building in Yucatán to get even more expensive in 2022

Over the past several years, construction costs in Yucatán have risen sharply and all signs point to even higher prices in 2022..

Yucatán’s top 8 street junk food favorites

Walking through virtually any city or town in Yucatán a wide range of food vendors can be seen peddling goodies out of push carts, mobile stands, food trucks, and just about every other configuration you can think of.