As some zero in on the Mayan calendar coming to an end at this year’s winter solstice, others go on (that would include us, by the way). In that spirit, we spent the day yesterday with two archaeologists at Chichen Itza Mayan ruins in Mexico’s Yucatan province and dug a bit deeper into the story.
And here’s what we learned: that the end of the Mayan calendar cycle doesn’t mean the end of the world, but rather a new beginning, a new calendar cycle. Think of it as a fresh start.
So if you’ve been panting about the coming of the end of days, perhaps it’s time to breathe a bit easier.
Known affectionately as El Castillo (the castle), the Temple of Kukulkan is the largest of the Mayan pyramids at Chichen Itza. On each of the equinoxes, the light cascades down its staircase making it look as though a serpent is gliding its way into the ground.
But it’s plenty cool, even if it’s not the equinox. Check it out in the panorama below.
Panorama: El Castillo at Chichen Itza in Yucutan, Mexico
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Disclosure: Our trip to Riviera Maya was supported by Visit Mexico. As always, the opinions expressed here are entirely our own. Special thanks to Julia Miller and Alfonso Morales for sharing their deep knowledge and passion about Maya history and culture with us.