Discover an off the beaten path adventure: the seat of an ancient Mayan kingdom.
Ek Balam is a compact and very interesting Mayan site that shows some of the most impressive pre-Columbian architecture. It is situated among the arid jungle in the center of the Mexican State of Yucatan. These ruins are frequented only by a small fraction of the tourists that visit the other popular archaeological sites, as Ek Balam is less commercialized.
During this private tour your personal tour guide will provide you with a detailed explanation about the Mayan history that surrounds these magnificent buildings. One of the main highlights of this site is the main structure, The Acropolis and many other surrounding temples and stelas.
There are many rare stucco sculptures and carvings which are protected by thatched roofs also known as palapas. Such stucco figures are hard to find now days as they generally do not last long, as they are made out of plaster and they fade rapidly because of the rough climate and weather conditions. In Ek Balam these sculptures are easy to find and very well preserved.
My Ek Balam Deluxe is the perfect off the beaten path adventure! Enjoy your time taking photos or listen carefully to the interesting facts about the main buildings. After enjoying your time at the ruins, refresh yourself by swimming in a sacred Cenote nearby.
Are you also a foodie? Enjoy a delicious Mexican style lunch and visit the Colonial town of Valladolid. You may request a few extra stops to your personal tour guide according to your wishes like: coffee, ice-cream or souvenirs.
We recommend adding a Tequila Distillery Tour after lunch.
Ek Balam and Chichen Itza Ruins are a great match creating a full day tour with Mexican lunch and Cenote.
PLEASE NOTE: Climbing Ek Balam Ruins IS STILL ALLOWED.
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Add time saving toll roads for just +$45 USD (depending on hotel location). Tolls included with bookings of 5 or more guests. Rates are per person in US Dollars. Hotel pick-ups in Playa del Carmen Dowtown area are included. Additional transportation charges may apply per vehicle, depending on hotel location: Corasol/Mayakoba (+$25) Maroma/Paraiso (+$50), Puerto Morelos/Petempich (+$60), Royalton/Moon Palace (+$75), Cancun (+$95), Playa Mujeres/Puerto Juarez (+$120). South of Playa del Carmen/Akumal/Tulum: (+$50).
Recommended for hotels located between Tulum and Playa del Carmen.
Tequila tasting included!
Mandatory for hotels located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Tolls are included with bookings of 5 or more participants.
Due to the early start, please check with your hotel if they are able to provide room service breakfast or a takeaway coffee. We always include welcome snacks and bottled water.
*The tour schedule is an example and will be customized according to the location of your hotel and group size. The exact pick-up time will be confirmed by email during the booking process.