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Ek Balam Cenote, Valladolid

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When exploring the Mayan city of Ek Balam, don't forget to visit Ek Balam Cenote, 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 Cenote can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The cenote at Ek Balam isn't the one in the photo!? The cenote on the arqueológica site is X' Canché. Costs $50 mxn to get in. It's very deep, not a lot to hold on to ( one rope) and cold ...but not m...  more »
  • A cenote is a cenote. They are well organized with safe box, shower etc. The water is clear with plenty of fish. The best part however is the local restaurant with some excellent native food.  more »
  • Our family opted for a daytrip to Ek Balam Cenote / Ek Balam Ruins during our recent trip to Mexico. Located within a traditional mayan village, the cenote experience, is worth your while. While our b...  more »
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  • 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.
  • One of the most beautiful and well preserved ruins I've seen ever. The site is not too big so 1.5 or 2 hours is enough time to visit it all. Plan for a bit more time if you want to visit the cenote (water whole) although I've heard it's mostly worthwhile if you do eso tourist activities like zip line as there are more beautiful cenotes to be seen.
  • It's a wonderful set of ancient mayan ruins with amazing details modeled in stucco, and a 36 meters high building that you can still climb.
  • Great Mayan ruins close to Valladolid, 20 mins in a taxi. Had a great time. If you are in the area take the time to visit. And definitely get a guide.
  • Too expensive! $197.00 per person and an extra $45.00 if you want to take pictures. Guides wanted $500.00 to do a tour. I have been at other places where it is far more reasonable. Let the super rich have this one.