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Nightly Light Show at Chichén Itzá Nears a Return

April 9th, 2014 by ejalbright

It took nearly two years, but the nightly light-and-sound show at Chichén Itzá soon may be back.


The old light-and-sound show.

A lightning storm in 2012 destroyed the equipment that projected lights onto the monuments. Late last year tourism officials for the state of Yucatán, which owns the archaeological zone, announced that the program would return in April and if a report in the Diario de Yucatan is true, they appear to be close to keeping their pledge.


An early concept of the new show.

Technicians have been secretly testing the equipment at Chichén, the Diario reports. The project has been hush-hush because officials want to make its return a surprise.

Unlike the previous show, which flashed colored lights on the monuments in time with a narration track, this program will include animation projected onto the great pyramid El Castillo. According to the Diario, the audience will be transported back to the days of the ancient Maya, and will see the feathered serpent god Kukulcan crawl down the side of the pyramid and a “doncella“–a virgin–sacrificed.

Expect state tourism officials to make an announcement about the resurrection of the nightly light-and-sound show soon.

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