Don’t miss this spectacular night spectacle at Chichen Itza, the most important archaeological zone on the Yucatan Peninsula. The Light and Sound Show has been newly renovated, and as one of its first viewers, you can boast that you absorbed the architectural wonders and Mayan mythology in a way that most visitors have not.
After hotel pickup, arrive at Chichen Itza about 2.5 hours later. Feel free to bring along snacks and drinks of your own and then satisfy any hunger pangs with a delicious buffet lunch upon arrival.
Then, meet a certified archaeologist who takes you on a 1.5-hour tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site, today considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. As you walk about the grounds, your guide shares illuminating information about Kukulcán Pyramid, observatory and other major landmarks. Listen to how this large pre-Columbian city played a vital role in Mayan civilization from around 600 to 1200 AD, and remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the Spanish arrived.
You have free time to explore on your own before following your guide to your seats for the 20-minute Light and Sound Show.
In the dark, with a view of the main pyramid of Kukulcán (El Castillo), enter an otherworldly experience. Against the backdrop of stirring music and brilliant lighting effects, enjoy a powerful narrative drama told through dreamlike yet full-bodied images projected onto the pyramid and nearby structures.
You realize it’s one thing to hear during a tour about Mayans of old and the snake of Kukulcán, and quite another to witness legends pop into 3D-view before your eyes. Watch and listen to warriors fight to the death in the ball court. From the apex of the pyramid, a serpent slithers down the steps to the ground, a rare shadow-phenomenon that in reality only appears during an equinox on a cloudless day.
After the show draws to a close, you’ll be taken back to your hotel. Arrive in Cancun around midnight, with a new perspective of the ancient Mayan site.