Happy autumnal equinox, amigos! The ancient Maya were well aware of equinox and solstice dates, and modern day keepers often hold ceremonies on these dates. 2012 is no exception. The most well-known event in 2012 is, of course, December 21, the day the Long Count ends. But there will be events and ceremonies on each solstice and equinox date at different sites throughout the Mundo Maya. Plan your trip around one of these dates if you’re curious how they may be observed:
•• Spring equinox: March 20
•• Summer solstice: June 20
•• Fall equinox: September 22
•• Winter solstice: December 21
The winter solstice also happens to fall in the middle of the peak holiday season in most tourist areas. Accommodations near major Maya sites may be fully booked in advance—and rates may increase closer to the date.