It surprised and captivated everyone in the audience” said last night, Governor Rolando Zapata Bello who attended the screening premiere of the brand new light and sound show “Kukulcan Nights” in the archeological site of Chichén Itza, considered one of the Seven New Wonders of the world, with top of the line and state of the art technology.


Chichén Itzá, “The city at the mouth of the well of the Itza” surprised everyone last night with the new show, fitted with the latest technology in sound and light projection with a narrative based on historical facts and enriched with archaeological discoveries. The show lasts half an hour, more than enough to understand the cosmogony of the eternal land of the Mayab.

Night of Kukulcan
Night of Kukulcan
Night of Kukulcan









This new version is called “The Night of Kukulcan” and the admission will be free for six months, so during that period the proper authorities can make national and international promotion and obtain feedback from the public.

The projection last night was attended by a small group of authorities and special guests such as Governor Rolando Zapata Bello, the Secretary of Tourism, the general director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History, officials, business leaders, media and special guests.

This new display is very different that the past system of light and sound that was projected in Chichén Itzá. The new show, will not have lights on the ground or grids, the projection is done from a wagon that contains the highest technology available on the planet, making of Kukulcan´s Pyramid a colossal stone screen on which the story is told from the beginning of time, in a brief but intense journey that leaves no doubt about the greatness of the Maya civilization, without no fantasy or metaphor, clichés and myths but in a precise way, according to the research done by recognized, accomplished archaeologists.


Actions taken for this project consisted in the renovating and modernization of audio and lighting system with cutting edge technology and the novelty of including the implementation of night tours with narrative for visitors in bright areas and predefined path inside this important archaeological area. To create this work an initial investment of more than 5 million USD has been invested.


Projection system

“The Nights of Kukulcan” is appreciated thanks to seven HD high definition projectors of 35,000 lumens with contrast performance 2000-1, with a system that automatically aligns the digital images in the projection area. It contains computer equipment for processing the HD video with separate controllers that sends the signal to multiple displays simultaneously, that could be either independent or synchronized content; it also has a high definition multimedia environments control system for the synchronization of audio content.

The light is projected through high performance LEDs capable of changing color with high saturation, consistency and uniformity, installed along the route lighting synchronized with the audio. The quadraphonic audio is composed of low and high, capable of transmitting HD content 24bit speakers.


The script was enriched with updated information and will be in English and Spanish, and has been a joint effort of the Government, the Tourism Ministry, the SEFOTUR and INAH specialists, to reach a proposition that brings people to learn more about the Mayan, their infinite heritage and a culture that will prevail as one of the most splendid and greatest civilizations of the world.


Shows will be held from Tuesday to Sunday in two functions; one at 1900 hours and again at 2100 hours.


TYT Report / Gobierno del Estado de Yucatán




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