Complete information on the nights of Kukulkan. At the beginning of 2019, the news came out that on Sundays the Kukulkan sound and light show was free for nationals and foreigners, in the archaeological zone of Chichén Itzá. It is not like this.


The news that has been published in the press hides information that confuses many of the visitors. Just in the year that the prices of CULTUR in Chichen Itza double for foreigners, there seems to be a campaign orchestrated with "FREE" hooks. I wish there was more information and not the propaganda to which we are accustomed.

On Sundays if you pay, it's cheaper, but you pay.

Let's see what the light and sound show of Chichén Itzá consists of, known as Nights of Kukulkan, and the prices of it.

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Two screenshots of news that came out

KukulKán Nights in Chichén Itzá

The nights of Kukulkan is the light and sound show that takes place in Chichén Itzá, one of the most outstanding shows in the Yucatan Peninsula.

What the Chichén Itzá light and sound show offers

It consists of a tour of 45 minutes by the main archaeological structures of the enclosure illuminated, very nice. And of 25 minutes of a projection of light and sound over the Kukulkan temple. This show you see sitting in chairs that put for the spectators, more or less tickets for 400 people.

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Map of the route of Nights of Kukulcán

Schedules of Kukulkan nights

There are two schedules during the year: summer and winter.

  • Summer time at 20 hours (It starts on the first Sunday of April until the first Saturday of October). Summer box office schedule: from 18: 00 to 20.00.
  • winter schedule at 19 (from the first Sunday of October to the first Saturday of April). Winter ticket office schedule: from 17: 30 to 19: 30.

On Mondays there is no show

  • Summer time to enter: entry for the night tour from 20 to 20: 30. The light and sound show is from 20: 45 to 21 hours.
  • Winter time to enter: entry for the night tour from 19 to 19: 30. The light and sound show is from 19: 45 to 20 hours.

Tips: If you are going to buy tickets at the box office, I recommend you
half an hour before admission for the tour. On Sundays about three quarters before the beginning of the trip.

Where to buy tickets for the Chichén Itzá show

  • Directly at the ticket office at the entrance to Chichen Itza

If there are cancellations due to rain or other unforeseen events and you bought your ticket at the ticket office, your money will be returned once. If you did it over the internet, it is returned to you, but not that day. On their website they explain it before buying the entrance ticket.

Kukulcán Nights ticket prices

There are two payments, a federal one that is made to INAH and another is the state payment of CULTUR. Payment INAH are 255 Mexican pesos, payment CULTUR 255 pesos. TOTAL 510 weights for all audiences (domestic and foreign). On Sundays they are 255 pesos, the INAH is not paid. Parking Spaces 80 pesos per car.

On Sundays the total price is 255 pesos. Rest of days 510 pesos

Children pay as an adult starting at 3 for a year and a half.

Recommendations for the Chichén Itzá show

  • You can take pictures and video, you can not use the flash
  • Wear mosquito repellent
  • Closed footwear to walk through the most comfortable enclosure and to protect you from possible insects
  • You can take a small bottle of water

Sometimes you ask me those who are going for free if it is dangerous to return to Cancun or Mérida on the toll road (the payment road). The answer is that it is a safe road, at night too. It is well paved, illuminated and marked, and there are no incidents to highlight.

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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