Since then, other famous archaeological sites in Yucatán, including Chichén Itzá, have jumped on the bandwagon by offering dazzling nocturnal shows featuring brightly lit temples and pyramids.
Since the beginning, these shows have featured atmospheric music and audio tracks which tell the story of the ancient Maya.
But as technology has progressed, the fairly crude light-and-sound shows have been replaced by sophisticated video mapping technology.
The video mapping shows at Yucatán’s archaeological sites are much more dynamic, and instead of simply sitting and enjoying the show, attendees are led through sections of the archaeological sites for a more immersive experience.
These more interactive displays feature dynamic effects projected on some of the most famous structures in the Maya world.
The stories told through the audio narration, if a little simplistic, are engaging and appropriate for all audiences, though at times play a little fast and loose with historical facts.
Though this new approach certainly has its advantages, it must be said that the treks through the dark can be a little taxing for some, especially those with mobility issues or overly energetic children.
In the state of Yucatán, these types of video mapping shows are offered at Uxmal, Chichén Itzá, and most recently, Dzibilchaltún.
But one aspect of this new approach which has drawn criticism is the cost of a ticket. Entry at Chichén Itzá and Uxmal is 708 pesos and 500 pesos in Dzibilchaltún (around US$40 and US$28.25, respectively).
These elevated costs are particularly egregious considering that admittance to the show used to be included in the price of general admittance. There is also the fact that for most Mexicans, this cost of admission is all but prohibitive.
The reason these video mapping shows have become so expensive appears to be explained by the fact that INAH / CULTUR have sold the rights to put on these shows to private, for-profit companies.
This would not be such a problem if, for example, the shows were free on Sundays to Mexicans, as are entrance fees to the site, but this is not the case.
Last month during the Noche Blanca, city and INAH officials announced that the video mapping show at Dziblichaltún would be free for one evening. Tickets were grabbed up almost immediately, mostly by locals.
Ultimately the decision to pay these prices to see the ancient marvels of the Maya is a personal one. These video mapping experiences are worth experiencing, even if just once. That said, it is smart to look for opportunities to enjoy them for free, or at a discount, during special events.