Archive for July, 2014

Hacienda Chichen Adds Entrance to Chichen Itza

July 15th, 2014 by ejalbright

No one loves the Hacienda Chichen as much as I do. And my favorite building at Chichen Itza is Akab Dzib, the “House of Dark Writing.”

Now visitors can see and explore both.

The Hacienda Chichen, once a working plantation and cattle ranch, today is a resort. For the past five years, Akab Dzib has been behind a gate, unavailable to visitors.

Now visitors who stay at the Hacienda Chichen can enter the archaeological zone of Chichen Itza through the hacienda’s beautiful gardens and past the Akab Dzib, according to Belisa Barbachano, who run the resort.

“Our guests can arrange purchase of their ticket to Chichen Itza when booking their stay, at check in, or the night before their visit to the archaeological zone, and avoid all the discomforts that the other entrances provide, such as long waiting lines or crowded bus tour groups,” writes Barbachano in an e-mail. “It is magic to enter through our gardens, along a very secluded and lovely path to our new gate. It truly is such a great plus for our guests.”

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Preview of New Chichen Itza Light and Sound Show

July 14th, 2014 by ejalbright

The government of Yucatan let slip a few tantalizing images of the new light-and-sound show at Chichén Itzá, which is promised for this summer. We’ve loaded them into a preview video, which you can watch above (or see in HD on YouTube HERE).

When will the new show premiere? Officials are being vague. According to several recent news reports, a tourism official said it would begin “before July 15,” but he said it in such a way that it could be interpreted as “before the summer season is over, which runs from July 15 to Aug. 20.”

The best estimate by officials is that the new show will premiere the last week in July.

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