Yucatan has really embraced the latest video mapping technology. At both Chichén Itzá and the old convent of San Bernadino in Valladolid you can now appreciate sound and light shows that will not only entertain you but also teach you something about the fascinating history of these places.
It needs no introduction! The New Wonder of the World, the Kukulkan Temple, is definitely, in my humble opinion, one of the most majestic structures on Earth.
If you get the chance to stick around after your daytime visit to Chichén, definitely do! The sound and light show starts at 7 or 8pm everyday, depending on the time of year. You can register for tickets here (you must register! don’t just show up!). Try and get there early so that you can be in the front row – its worth it…
The show is about 30 mins. I found the visuals really breathtaking! I honestly wanted to stay and watch it again and again. Seeing the pyramid lit up and transformed is just amazing. The movement of the lights make it seem as if the pyramid is alive. The audio tells you about the history and legends of Chichén Itzá and the Mayans and although it isn’t exactly very detailed, you might just learn something.
Convento de San Bernadino, Valladolid
The convent is located in a part of town called Sisal. Its easy to find; just walk away from the centre, about 1km down the famous and beautiful Calle de los Frailes and you’ll arrive at the big open park where you’ll see the convent. There are some small cafes, food vendors and majestic old ceiba trees dotted around. This area feels just as much like the ‘centre’ of the town as the main plaza; there are always children playing and a sweet snack to buy and eat in the shade. Its my favourite part of the town!
The convent and the church attached date back to the 16th Century and played an important part in the regions history. Inside you can see beautiful frescoes and appreciate the golden-red colour of the walls.
During the day the convent looks like this:
The sound and light show is every night Wednesday-Saturday at 9pm. It happens first in Spanish and then in English. (Good practice if you’re learning Spanish!).
The visuals are beautiful, really stunning. The audio tells you about the history of Valladolid, including the Yucatan’s Caste War. I definitely learned a lot. The show lasts about 20 minutes and when its finished, there are lots of places nearby to have a good dinner.