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Ek Balam, Valladolid

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When exploring the Mayan city of Ek Balam, don't forget to visit Ek Balam, a natural limestone sinkhole used by the Maya people for ceremonies. Hike or take a rickshaw ride on the tree-lined path to the cenote, the deep freshwater basin that the Mayas considered sacred. You can go for a relaxing walk along the boardwalk encircling the cenote, or rappel on the rope swings into the water. Cool off with a dip in the basin's clear water and look for the many catfish that inhabit the cenote. Using our custom trip planner, Valladolid attractions like Ek Balam can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The "friendly" guy on the parking lot pretending to watch your car, we even paid him for that extra money, broke into our car while we were visiting the ruins and ce note. He stole some money which we...  more »
  • Loved learning all about the Ek' Balam ruins and seeing the actual ruins. We also loved the cenote, after my initial fear of rappelling down into the cenote. The zip lines are fun, and the water is am...  more »
  • This was part of the Ek Balam ruins tour with Alltournative we purchased! I've been to other cenotes but I really loved this one because we were able to rappel down into the cenote! You can zip line, ...  more »
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  • Visited Apr 2017! We went right when it opened to beat the crowd and heat! So glad that we did, when we were walking out the crowd was coming in. We had the park to ourselves for a while. I don't know why this place isn't more popular! The acropolis at Ek Balam is fantastic! You have to go to the top of it and take in the beauty and magnitude of the place! Bathrooms at the entrance were clean and they had toilet seats!! Score! We went to the cenote next door to cool off. Another must do!
  • Loved the Ruins. What's special about these ruins is how well preserved some of the statues and carvings are. Also loved the village. We purchased candy and soccer balls to distribute to all the local kids of Ek-Balam pueblo.
  • Great site !! Very interesting to visit and where you can climb on monuments. Also very few people even during the day. Really we enjoyed the visit. And we did the cenote too :)
  • This was a cool place! You can actually climb to the top of this temple and look out for miles. Lots of symbolism at this temple. We used Eric Martinez from Mayan Destination Services and learned a lot about the ancient Mayan culture.
  • Not an extremely important Mayan site. The pyramid within the pyramid is accessible and in good condition. I've never seen such extreme Mayan reliefs elsewhere. They're almost like statues. Also, never seen winged human forms in Mayan glyphs before.