The start of spring in Mexico is more than just a rise in temperature; the spring equinox is a centuries-old celebration taking its roots in ancient Mayan culture and continuing to this day as one of the most anticipated seasonal events in Mexico.
As the season of rebirth and renewal, the spring equinox in Mexico is uniquely celebrated each year at the ruins of Chichen-Itza, the ancient city where the Temple of Kukulkan, also known as the El Castillo pyramid, was constructed as a monument to the gods of fertility. Dating back millennia, when the Mayans calculated the exact moment of equanimity between day and night hours, discovering the spring equinox, throngs of travelers have made the pilgrimage to Chichen-Itza to witness the geometric and architectural wonder of the carved serpent “slithering” up the pyramid steps as shadow and light play against the concrete.
This once-in-a-lifetime experience has evolved from a religious ceremony to a celebration of the spirit and sun, and can be witnessed only twice per year at Chichen-Itza on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. For history buffs, cultural enthusiasts, and curious families seeking an incredible journey back in time this spring, there’s nothing better than exploring the Mayan ruins of Chichen-Itza and the surrounding cenotes of the Yucatan, an easy day’s excursion from Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen.
In addition to this unforgettable event, the spring equinox brings a flurry of festivals and celebrations throughout Mexico, including other prominent archeological sites and attractions in Riviera Maya and the Yucatan, like Xcaret, Valladolid, and Akumal. Don’t miss your chance to experience the spring equinox in Mexico—or you’ll have to wait until next year!