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Ek Balam, Ek Balam Village

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Must see · Ruin · Historic Site
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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  • Ek Balam was wonderful. It is much less visited than Chichen-Itza and provides an insight into more of the everyday living of the Mayan culture. There were only a handful of people while we were...  more »
  • We’ve visited the two other more famous Mayan ruins and Ek Balam beats them both. You are still able to walk up to the top and get a panaromic view of the area. In addition, there are amazing tablets....  more »
  • Really amazing! The ruins are very well preserved and excellently restored. Was not at all busy when we went. We were able to explore by ourselves. The main palace is an amazing climb and you can see for miles around.
  • RIP OFF.. Excessive price MEX$423 per person (US$22) and they only accept cash. At the entrance they took the tickets instead of invalidating them. The place is famous for the main structure which is tall with a great view from the top and substructure in the form of a jaguar mouth near the top. The entrance to the pyramid is completely closed. You can try guessing how good is the view and the jaguar mouth from the far away at the bottom of the pyramid. Other than that there is nothing to see there. Other buildings are mostly new construction from the old stones. You can even see remnants of the original stairs which are much more narrow embedded in the construction. It seems that they also build new ornaments in and around the jaguar mouth. So even if they reopen it will be likely disnelandish new construction.

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