Uxmal’s new and improved light and sound show uses video mapping technology and intriguing narratives to bring the ancient city back to life.
Friday night’s debut of the upgraded show was attended by dignitaries including the secretary-general of the World Tourism Association, Zurab Pololikashvili, and INAH Director Diego Prieto Hernández.
Images projected on the Uxmal’s ancient structures include representations of Kukulkán — the divine feathered serpent — and the rain god Chaac.
The light and sound show at Uxmal dates back to 1975 when it was inaugurated in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II. Since then, the spectacle has received several improvements and upgrades.
Likely founded sometime between the 5th and 7th century CE, Uxmal is the second most visited archaeological site in Yucatán, after Chichén Itzá.
The ancient city is renowned for its distinctive Puuc architecture, beautiful plazas, and intricate stone and mosaic designs.
The name of Uxmal derives from two Mayan words: ux, which means three; and mal, to build. Therefore, we refer to Uxmal as the thrice-built city.