The Feathered Serpent of Kukulkan

The Feathered Serpent of Kukulkan


The equinoxes, the two moments in which the center of the sun converges with the terrestrial equator, occur twice a year and lead to the beginning of spring and autumn. During this event, the days and nights last approximately the same time and it is within this threshold of a couple of days that the feathered serpent Kukulkan descends from the heights to touch the land of his subjects.

The Mayan civilization made incredible advances in fields such as geometry, mathematics, astronomy, and acoustics. The fusion of their science and worldview is seen in the astonishing Pyramid of Kukulkan in Chichen Itza which in truth hides a calendar, one of the most prominent inventions of the culture. The use of a solar calendar for their crops marked a before and after for this civilization mostly dedicated to agriculture.



The stairs represent the 365 days of the year and the change in seasons is marked by the god descending. During the first minutes of the event, distinguishing Kukulkan’s body will be difficult; nevertheless, as the sunset approaches, the sinuous curves of the body of the feathered serpent appear on the wall of the stairway crowned with the head of the great Kukulkan.

This spring, be part of this unique experience in one of the 7 wonders of the modern world and world heritage site by the UNESCO visiting Chichen Itza with NexusTours. The play of light and shadow can be enjoyed this year during March 20 and September 22. You can book to participate in this experience with your local expert.


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