Archive for November, 2013

Ticket Prices at Chichen Itza Jump Again in 2014

November 13th, 2013 by ejalbright

(UPDATED Aug. 2014–ed.)

Ticket prices to enter Chichén Itzá will increase beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

The fee for non-Mexicans will increase to 188 pesos (around $15 USD).

The admission fee is split, of which 129 pesos will go to the State of Yucatan’s Patronato de las Unidades de Servicios Turísticos y Culturales (CULTUR) and 59 pesos to the federal agency that oversees the ruins, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH).

The increase also will be applied to entrance fees at Uxmal and Dzibulchaltun.

Since the state purchased the land under the archaeological zone, it has increased ticket prices every year. In 2014 the federal government also will increase ticket prices (by 3 pesos).

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Yanni Coming to Chichen Itza in 2015

November 5th, 2013 by ejalbright

Yanni

Yanni, the New Age pianist from Greece, announced he will perform at Chichén Itzá in 2015 for a global television special.

Performing at historic landmarks is something Yanni does, having previously played concerts at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, the Taj Mahal in India, Red Square at the Kremlin in Moscow, and the Forbidden City in China.

Yanni announced the concert at the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya when he was in area last week to perform a concert in Izamal. He was joined by Jorge Esma Bazan, former director of the Yucatecan state tourism agency Cultur, and now chief executive of International Maya Cultural Festival (FICMaya).

The show would also be recorded and material from it will be used to promote the archaeological and cultural resources of Yucatan, Esma Bazan said. When he was head of Cultur, Esma Bazan produced several shows at Chichén Itzá with other international acts, namely Placido Domingo, Sarah Brightman, and Elton John. These concerts all sold out, but provoked tremendous controversy.

Also, an announcement is no guarantee that Yanni will actually perform. Previously Esma Bazan released plans to hold concerts by Juan Gabriel and Paul McCartney, but neither of those shows materialized.

“I want to empower people and have them feel they are able to move mountains,” Yanni said. “Any place, any time, becomes significant for a show and influences the souls of the people. It is one thing to be in a room like this and another to be in an place such as Chichen Itza and Izamal. The music I play is then transformed.”

Here’s a clip of Yanni from his performance at the convent in Izamal:

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