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Chichen Itza at Night! Light and Sound, Night Tours, Begin April 2014

December 5th, 2013 by ejalbright


Photo by Peter Pereira
Photo (c) Peter Pereira

A few years ago I sneaked into Chichen Itza at night with my late friend, Warren Thompson. Warren was the great grandson of Edward Herbert Thompson, who owned Chichen from 1894-1944.

Warren brought the biggest flashlight I’ve ever seen. As we walked around the archaeological zone, he would flick on the lamp and the powerful beam lit up an entire monument. The buildings at Chichen were never conceived to be shown this way, but the effect of the spotlight was awe-inspiring and made these monuments into something new and even more exotic. It was exhilarating as we walked from one monument to the next, until eventually security caught us and sent us on our way.

This spring everyone who visits Chichen Itza will soon have the same experience, as the state of Yucatan has announced it will begin night tours of the ancient city beginning in April.

Yesterday Yucatan Governor Rolando Zapata announced that design of a new light-and-sound show at Chichen Itza has been budgeted and is underway, and that the state will also be adding a night tour as well, according to a report in the Diario de Yucatan.

State Secretary of Tourism Saul Salazar Ancona told reporters that these new night enhancements, which will cost $50 million (Mexican) would be ready by April.

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