Be at Chichen Itza to see the phenomena of the snake- like light and shadow movements that descend the steps of the Castillo Pyramid. During the Spring Equinox thousands of visitors gather to witness this occurrence. Legend has it that this serpent - like light phenomenon is created by an undulating pattern of sunlight on the edge of the pyramid's steps and Kukulkan the serpent wends its way down to the well of sacrifice.
Spiritual as it is this is an experience of a lifetime and among the tourists, the religious groups pray and invoke the gods. People wait with baited breath to see the sun shine through the clouds and see the unusual phenomena of the shadow snake its way down the steps of the Mayan pyramid.
The Spring Equinox at Chichen Itza is truly an interesting merger of Mayan history, stunning architecture and incredible geometry. It is a mind blowing thought that as early as 1500 BC the people managed to build a monument of this astounding size with such precision so and to calculate the time of year when the hours of daylight and darkness are equal. One word of advice: get there early to beat the heat and the crowds. But get there!
Getting to Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza is located in the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. You can take a flight to Cancun or Merida since Chichen Itza does not have its own airport. You can also reach Chichen Itza by boarding a bus from Cancun, which is 205kms away, and from Merida, which is at a distance of 120kms from Chichen Itza. Buses run regularly from both the places.