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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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  • 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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  • The ruins are beautiful & not very crowded at all. No wait at ticket line & you can just walk in. There are men in the parking lot who ask for money to watch your car if you drive, so bring a few dollars to pay them off. The tickets are pretty steep compared to other ruins and of course non-residents pay a premium to enter. Tours are offered, which we took so we wouldn’t walk past any history & of course there’s a 100 peso surcharge for any language besides Spanish. The guide provided a lot of information/history & showed photos to explain things in detail. He even offered to take photos for us, so we weren’t too upset to pay the surcharge for the tour. The tickets cost around $22/per person and the tour was $30. There’s also a man & woman near the entry/exit who pose for photos. They will tell you to take a photo then expect a tip, so bring a few bucks for that as well. You can still climb the ruins here & because it’s not busy your photos are amazing. If you don’t want to pay the $30 for a tour you can also download a self-guided tour before you go. Make sure to download prior to the trip as cell service is almost non-existent & you won’t be able to download on site. I also recommend bringing your own water/drinks or purchase near the ticket window as there’s nothing inside for purchase. The sign states no backpacks allowed; however, they allowed us to enter with one. Definitely recommend comfortable shoes for climbing, cool clothes, sunblock, and a hat.
  • 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!

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