Chichen Itza will reopen its doors on March 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in compliance with sanitary regulations.
According to the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), Chichen Itza will be closed on March 20, 21 and 22 during Equinox 2021.
The archaeological site will close its doors on these days. As a result, tourists who usually gather by the thousands will not be able to witness the descent of the Mayan god Kukulcan in El Castillo, a phenomenon of light and shadow on the steps of the pyramid.
This is according to a statement issued by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), based on the general guidelines for mitigation and prevention of COVID-19.
Also stated was that Dzibilchaltun will be closed on the days of the equinox, so there will be no access to observe the passage of light through the building of the seven dolls. Last year, when the outbreak of COVID-19 began in Mexico, it was also decided to close the archaeological sites on the days of the equinox.
However, the Institute informed that the site will reopen on March 23 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Compliance with safety protocols, such as reduced capacity (maximum of 3,000 visitors at the same time) or the use of masks throughout the tour to ensure the health of tourists and those working in the archaeological site, is still mandatory.
Opening hours Chichen Itza 2021
Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 4 pm. (The last access to these sites will be at 4 pm).
Closing of the areas of Ball Game, Sacred Cenote, Plaza of the Thousand Columns, Observatory, and Group of the Nuns at 4 PM and final closure of the entire site at 5 PM.
There are 191 archaeological sites and one paleontological site in Mexico, but it is Teotihuacan (in the state of Mexico) and Chichen Itza (in Yucatan) that attract the most visitors on the occasion of the spring equinox.
Dzibilchaltún (Yucatan); Cholula (Puebla); Cuicuilco and Templo Mayor (Mexico City); El Cerrito (Queretaro); San Gervasio and Tulum (Quintana Roo); Tula (Hidalgo) and El Tajin (Veracruz), are other places that receive a greater influx of tourists who seek to "recharge their energy" and perform some ceremonies.
Although the equinox is still a few days away, the archaeological site of Chichen Itza remains a popular destination for visitors. According to INAH, 79,558 people visited the site in January 2021 alone.
Since 2008, INAH has banned climbing the temples at Chichen Itza. However, last month a video went viral showing a woman climbing the Pyramid of Kukulkan in the Chichen Itza Archaeological Zone, from where she allegedly threw the ashes of her deceased husband, which is why she was nicknamed "Lady Kukulkan" on social media.
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