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Ek Balam, Ek Balam Village

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Step into the ancient past at Ek Balam, a well-preserved Mayan site at its pinnacle from 770 CE to 840 CE. The site included one of the largest structures excavated in the region; it includes defensive walls and an arched entrance. Take a guided tour to learn the history of this sacred place. Be sure to take the opportunity to climb to the top of the main temple--something not permitted at larger Mayan sites--and see views of the ancient city and jungle beyond. There's some shade on site, but bring along plenty of sunblock (and your camera). Make Ek Balam a part of your Ek Balam Village vacation plans using our Ek Balam Village tour itinerary planner.
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  • Amazing beautiful in the middle of the jungle. You shouldn’t miss it. The highest ruin is 30 meter high and you can go to the top whereby you have astonishing view. They’re a lot of more ruins and... 
    Amazing beautiful in the middle of the jungle. You shouldn’t miss it. The highest ruin is 30 meter high and you can go to the top whereby you have astonishing view. They’re a lot of more ruins and...  more »
  • Yes, it was fabulous. Much less crowded than most of the other sites + you can still walk up the pyramids! I went with my 35 year old daughter. No catagory for that below??? 
    Yes, it was fabulous. Much less crowded than most of the other sites + you can still walk up the pyramids! I went with my 35 year old daughter. No catagory for that below???  more »
  • It was awesome. The opposite of Chichen. I self guided at 9 in the morning. I could have eaten well with all the iguana but they were skittish after being hunted here. I was awestruck at the temple I....  more
    It was awesome. The opposite of Chichen. I self guided at 9 in the morning. I could have eaten well with all the iguana but they were skittish after being hunted here. I was awestruck at the temple I....  more »
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  • Our Guide, Elise, was so knowledgeable and entertaining. The entire trip was enjoyable. Definitely recommend if you want to learn about the Mayan culture. Walking required, steep steps optional as well as great heights. Phenomenal views worth the climb.
  • You HAVE to go here!!! Absolutely worth the drive! I had an amazing experience here and getting to visit/touch/feel/stand on top of the temples and ruins... It was just a powerful moving experience. You just absolutely MUST visit the cenote while you're here! The most beautiful one I've ever been too. Truly a magical experience!
  • My favourite archaeological site in the area. Very quiet spot with a huge pyramid you can still climb, and lots of exploring to do. We were allowed to pay for most of the entry fee with a card (the state portion), which is also a plus. Parking lot felt pretty safe for the car too, but we paid one of the attendants a bit to keep an eye on the car anyway.
  • We had a great time here looking at the ruins. You get to climb to the top of La Acropolis to get a 360 view of the Mayan valley but I couldn't make it. All I saw was myself falling down 160 steps!! There are about 5 ruins to see and explore, maybe more. The Cenote was beautiful and peaceful. The staff was welcoming. These are the best ruins in the area and the only ones that allow you to climb them. It's an almost 3 hours ride from Cancun but I enjoyed traveling through the little Mexican towns. If you have the ability, you should definitely check out Ek Balam!!
  • This site is amazing!! You’re free to roam about, right in the middle of the Mexican jungle. You can climb, walk and jump just about anywhere. The detailed sculptures on the main building are beautiful and very unique. Don’t litter or damage anything, leave everything as it was and have fun!

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