Thousands of vacationers came to celebrate the 2019 Spring Equinox in Mexico’s Riviera Maya at the beachfront Tulum ruins this week, according to Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). With a dramatic ancient Mayan pyramid perched above an idyllic white-sand beach overlooking the clear-turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean Sea, this magical place draws tens of thousands of people every year during the Spring Equinox celebration, which officially took place this week on Wednesday, March 20th.
Mayan Ruins Spring Equinox Mexico 2019
Last year, more than 17,000 people welcomed Spring in Tulum; comprising part of an impressive total of 412,000 people who visited all of the archaeological sites of Mexico on this special date. In Spring of 2018, Tulum ranked fourth in affluence among other sites, including Teotihuacan in the State of Mexico with 150,2888 visitors; the great Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza (situated just a couple of hours inland from Tulum) with 25,272 people; and El Tajin in Veracruz, with 21,105 recorded visitors last year.
Beachfront Tulum Ruins History
At the Tulum ruins, the Maya people built and positioned El Castillo building (pyramid) so during the Spring Equinox, the sun lines up perfectly with the entrance of the Castillo, which rests high on a cliff overlooking the Mexican Caribbean Sea. The former walled city and seaport was one of the last to be built by the Mayans, so many of its archaeological sites are still quite intact.
“Each Mayan city had a specific purpose, and Tulum was no exception”, wrote TravelPulse. “It was a bustling seaport, trading heavily in turquoise and jade, and the only Mayan city on a coast”.
Designed by ancient Mayan astronomers, El Castillo is the site’s main temple and sunrise on the solstice shines directly through a series of multiple windows in this magnificent structure. An expansive walkway allows visitors to walk entirely around all of the structures at the site and a modern wooden staircase leads down to a pristine white beachfront that lies in the shadow of the El Castillo pyramid.
Each year, INAH develops a special Spring Equinox program for the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum, working to promote conservation and educational efforts in accordance with federal, state and local authorities. Visitors come to enjoy the show and the intimate vibe in Tulum, which has a number of amazing eco-friendly boutique hotels and other vacation home rentals, not to mention a bike-friendly attitude and one of the best beaches in the world!
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