The Equinox at Chichén Itzá

Twice a year on the spring and autumn equinoxes, a shadow falls on the pyramid in the shape of a serpent. As the sun sets, this shadowy snake descends the steps to eventually join a stone serpent head at the base of the great staircase up the pyramid’s side.

It was completely unplanned but I went to visit right during the equinox – many tourists mistakingly believe this happens on the same day every year but it actually varies by a day or two every year.

It is said if the temple is recorded as the sun sets and played in a fast pace you see the serpent movement.


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