El Castillo Equinox Experience All-Inclusive Mexico Vacation (September 19-25, 2024) - Copy

Iberostar Paraiso Maya resort.

Experience the exclusivity of Iberostar Grand Paraiso's all-inclusive 5-star resorts for 7 days and 6 nights. Enjoy exclusive guided tours to El Castillo, the archeological site, to witness the unique shadow snake phenomenon, which occurs only at each equinox.

Indulge in a visit and tour of the Sayab Planetarium & Observatory, a privilege that stimulates the imagination with its unique exhibits and experiences. 

Cap off your journey with an exclusive private star party for our tour group, hosted by an astronomy expert from Cliff Valley Astronomy, who will unveil the night sky with their powerful equipment and knowledge. 

Shadow snake on the staircase of Chichen Itza Mayan pyramid.

This is a luxury, all-inclusive adventure of astronomical proportions. The highlights include visiting the Mayan archeological site Chichen Itza pyramid at El Castillo to view one of the two yearly Equinox Snakes called Kulkulcan's Shadow Dance. This phenomenon only happens at both equinoxes each year as the Sun perfectly aligns to create the shadow of a snake going up or down the pyramid's stairs. This will occur on September 22nd, 2024, during the Fall Equinox. 

Sayab Planetarium & Observatory in Playa del Carmen.

Your week-long all-inclusive experience also includes a visit to the nearby Sayab Planetarium. Also happening during the week will be your own tour group's private star party provided by Cliff Valley Astronomy expert astronomer that will show you the wondrous universe as seen from the southern latitudes of the Caribbean retreat.  The evening sky appears slightly different with constellations and celestial objects not seen from Canada.

Exclusive Cliff Valley Astronomy Adventures star party for tour group.

Targets to view during the star party will include Saturn and several objects, such as nebulae and galaxies, over a two-hour observing session animated and delivered by a Cliff Valley Astronomy expert.

Double occupancy is $2,495 per person, All-inclusive & flight out of Toronto.*

Single occupancy is $3,275 per person, All-inclusive & flight out of Toronto.*

Book directly with CelestialJourneys@narat.org or by calling 1-877-BY-NARAT 

Have questions or need assistance in planning your once-in-a-lifetime astrotourism trip? Fill our form and we will have one of our agents contact you.

*Other departure gateways are available; a supplement fee may apply.

An all-inclusive package including meals, deluxe accommodations in Iberostar Paraiso Maya Hotel, economy flights & Astrotourism activity in private services. ( Equinox, observatory visit & private star party). *Applicable taxes extra.

Tour services provided by NARAT Inc.

719-250 Consumers Rd.

Toronto, ON

M2J 4V6




Astronomy experience provided by Cliff Valley Astronomy Adventures, a division of Cliff Valley Astronomy Corp.


(506) 988-STAR (7827)