|Xochicalco Solar Observatory During Solar Equinox.|
Xochicalco Solar Observatory:
The Solar Observatory of Xochicalco is something to behold. It is a natural cave that has been carved out by hand also. During two seasons every year, for two days each season, as the sun passes through its zenith, on May 14th and 15th and again on July 28th and 29th, a very strong ray of sunlight passes through a narrow shaft in the ceiling of the observatory to the floor. When you place your arm through the ray of light it is said that you can see your skeleton on the cave floor. (Actually it is the umbra and pre umbra of your shadow that creates this illusion.)
During other periods of the year light can be seen coming through the shaft but it is not as intense as during equinox.
To visit this area we would suggest flying into either Mexico City or Cuernavaca and then staying at a hotel of your choice.
The Mexico City International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México or AICM), also called Benito Juárez International Airport (IATA: MEX, ICAO: MMMX) is the commercial airport that serves Mexico City, the capital of Mexico. It is Mexico's and Latin America's busiest.
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We also have links on this page, that will connect you with several of the best hotels in Mexico City & Cuernavaca. Hotels that we have personally used!
We could, also suggest getting a hotel, and then letting them arrange for either a car, or a tour of Mexico City & Cuernavaca. If you call their Concierge Services, ahead of your arrival, all of this can be pre-arranged for you.
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Therefore, we have placed links to Priceline.com on this page so you can arrange your flights into and out of Mexico City or Cuernavaca; as well as your hotel, when visiting this area.
|Caves To The Solar Observatory||Steps Up To The Observatory Door|
|This Cave Takes Us|
Into The Solar Observatory
Our Guide Into The Darkness
|Louis Says, "Follow Me!"||We Are Into The Cave|
|OK! Into The Darkness We Go!||The Cave Wall|
|Audrey DeLange Says..|
This Is A Large Cave
|Audrey DeLange Says..|
Under The Pyramids Above
|George DeLange Says..|
Did You See The Light?
Coming Down The Solar Shaft!.
|Area Under The Solar Shaft|
|Antonio Iriondo Shows Us|
Where To Stand
|The Light Shows Up Here|
|The Light Shines On The Floor||Antonio Iriondo Demonstrates|
The Solar Shaft