Mexico || Chichen Itza at Night

Chichen Itza Night Show 2017The allure and romance of the Mayan ruins in Mexico has always fascinated visitors.

But one Mayan ruin lures more people every year than most of the others combined.

More than Ek Balam (my favorite Mayan ruin in Mexico)…

More than Tulum

One Mayan ruin site to trump all others…

Chichen Itza.

One of the Mayan Civilization’s most important cities and most important attractions.Chichen Itza Night Show 2017For YEARS I’ve had “visit Chichen Itza” on my bucket list.

I’d heard from so many people that the sheer size and detailing of the site are worth the trip (even WITH the crowds and grouchy staff). And on my last trip to Mexico, I FINALLY managed to see this world wonder for myself.

In a way I never expected…

At Night!Chichen Itza Night Show 2017Now, if you’re someone who loves to shoot and take selfies at famous spots, visit this monument during the crowded day.

It’ll be busy but you’ll be able to get shots of yourself and your loved ones.

But if you’re someone who craves a uniquely personal experience with a world wonder without thousands of tourists jostling for photos around you, you should really go AT NIGHT.Chichen Itza Night Show 2017At night the ancient Mayan pyramid is light up in a dazzling array of evolving lights and colors (such a perfect post during the holiday season!).Chichen Itza Night Show 2017It’s absolutely magnificent to see.Chichen Itza Night Show 2017Not to mention rather eerie and spooky…Chichen Itza Night Show 2017And so much fun to shoot at night.Chichen Itza Night Show 2017One thing to note is Chichen Itza does not allow visitors to bring in major photo equipment — tripods and drones are strictly off limits.

But if you’re clever you can still get some truly breath-taking shots!Chichen Itza Night Show 2017As we walked through the ground around Chichen Itza, I took advantage of anything I could to use it as a stabilizing “tripod” for my camera.

We’re talking trash cans, signage, my own knee…

Anything that would help me get a long exposure (just like I did for the Northern Lights in Finland).

(HINT: my Dad used to use a bag of rice as a stabilizing tripod in a pinch and it works wonderfully for situations like this too!)Chichen Itza Night Show 2017Anything that would help me get clear shots of this incredible monument. It worked really well, just be sure to hold as still as possible (don’t breath) when you’re shooting!Chichen Itza Night Show 2017After touring the grounds, we settled into a seated theater area for the 45-minute Chichen Itza Nighttime Show.Chichen Itza Night Show 2017Sadly our translators did not work well but because of the striking visuals and beautiful narrative in Spanish (which we actually managed to follow at parts, despite not speaking much Spanish)…Chichen Itza Night Show 2017we were able to enjoy the show and appreciate the rich history of the Mayan people and Chichen Itza still.Chichen Itza Night Show 2017 It was truly a unique experience to watch the Mayan pyramid, known as El Castillo, lit up with all sorts of beautiful imagery…Chichen Itza Night Show 2017Chichen Itza Night Show 2017 Chichen Itza Night Show 2017Chichen Itza Night Show 2017 Chichen Itza Night Show 2017Chichen Itza Night Show 2017 Chichen Itza Night Show 2017Chichen Itza Night Show 2017Chichen Itza Night Show 2017 Chichen Itza Night Show 2017 Chichen Itza Night Show 2017 An important thing to note: Many visitors to Chichen Itza come from Cancún but the beautiful city of Mérida is actually a shorter drive to the site! Stay in a slice of historical and authentic Mexico when you’re planning your trip — you’ll save a bundle not paying all those extra Cancún fees too.

Buy Chichen Itza at Night Tickets HERE or go through a tour group like this one. You won’t regret the trip!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary visit to Chichen Itza through the Mexican Board of Tourism to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are ALWAYS my own.

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