Spring equinox enthusiasts visit Chichén Itzá

The legendary Mayan site is home to an amazing equinox phenomenon

Despite COVID-19, 4,000 Spring equinox enthusiasts visit Chichén Itzá
Chichén Itzá is one of the most popular archeological sites in Mexico – Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 20/03/2020 16:44 Mexico City Yazmín Rodríguez Actualizada 16:56

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This legendary Mayan site will be closed from today due to the coronavirus contingency; nevertheless, on Thursday, it received approximately 4,000 visitors who briefly and intermittently observed the descent of Kukulkán, since clouds made it hard to be perceived in all its glory.

Some of these tourists – mainly nationals – who were in the place, shared the photos on social networks where they could be seen in different areas of the archeological site without a great conglomeration of people.

The director of Chichén Itzá, Marco Antonio Santos Ramírez, informed that the equinox was seen in a fleeting manner because of the weather.

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In previous years, Chichén Itzá has received at least between 20,000 and 25,000 visitors, but this time, and in the eve of its closing, there were a bit over 4,000, according to Santos Ramírez.

The light and shade phenomenon was visible between 55% and 65% since clouds appeared just before 17:00 preventing it from being fully seen and for longer, according to the director.

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The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) will issue the closing of the site this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It was informed that the phenomenon would be broadcast by the INAH and there would be no access to any visitor, media outlet, official, or tourist.

Dzibilchaltún, another small Mayan area in Chichén Itzá where the equinox takes place at the 7 Dolls Palace, will also be closed for the public starting on Friday.

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