As a measure to avoid the spread of COVID-19 contagion, the archaeological site of Chichen Itza -the most visited site in the country during 2020- will close next Wednesday, September 22 on the occasion of the autumnal equinox.
Chichén, considered a World Heritage Site, was the most visited site in the country last year with 823 thousand visitors, ahead of Teotihuacán (the most regularly visited), in the State of Mexico, was the second most visited site in Mexico that year, with 702 thousand.
The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) decided to close the archaeological site on the day of the autumn equinox, even though it does not attract as many people like the spring equinox; it also reported that Uxmal's video mapping is ready for exhibition.
The site will reopen on September 23 from 08:00 to 16:00, following the sanitary protocols of the new normality (sanitary measures, permitted capacity, groups of 10 people maximum) to guarantee the health of visitors and those who work in the archaeological zone.
Chichén Itzá depends a lot on Quintana Roo and the numbers are very good; for example, in July and August, the average of 6,300 people per day was exceeded. There are days of four thousand and others of up to nine thousand, but the daily average is six thousand 40, according to a press release.
At the time, Sergio González Rubiera, president of Quintana Roo of the Mexican Association of Travel Agencies (AMAV), announced that seven out of every 10 tourists visiting the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá are transported from the Mexican Caribbean.
The agency announced that the official opening of Uxmal's video mapping to the public is expected to take place this month, and added that Dzibilchaltún is in the same process. The rates will be the same as in Chichén: 600 pesos per person with promotions for Yucatecans and nationals.