EK-BALAM Mayan jewell tour and best alternative to crowd Chichn Itza.
You can climb monuments, you can swim at cenote and without sellers and multitude of visitors.
Ek Balam & Valladolid tour provides insight into a very different style of Mayan architecture.
Ek Balam, Yucatan. Ek Balam is a name in Yucatecan Mayan that can be literally translated as “black or dark jaguar”. Founded in the year 100 BC, it was probably one of the most powerful Prehispanic Mayan cities economically, religiously and socially speaking. Containing 45 structures, this archeological site is surrounded bye two stone walls; there is also a third wall between some of the principal buildings. You will also find a ball court, an important series of roads and other monument including the original wells they built called “chultunes’. The structure shows various architectural styles and influences. These include Puuc influence, from the western coast of Campeche. There are also some details, such as winged idols resembling angels that are unique to this site. The main buildings are devided into two plaza areas. The Acropolis is one of the most voluminous structures in Mesoamerica. Here you will see statues, masks, figurines and hieroglyphs that represent the culture of Yucatan.
The construction and decoration of Ek Balam’s buildings was completed with stucco and limestone mortar, not the stone carvings found at Chichen Itza, Coba or the Tulum Ruins.
In addition to the highly decorated and detailed structures, Ek Balam has unique features within its city limits. Sacbes, which are man-made roads, lead into the center of the city that is protected by an unusual wall.
The Mayas took the four cardinal points into great consideration when building their city giving Ek Balam a deeper spiritual significance
Tour Itinerary • tour of Ek Balam Ruins – approx. 2 hrs • swimming stop at Cenote Dzipnup • delectable Yucatecan/ Mexican buffet lunch in a charming old Spanish hacienda • free time for sightseeing/ shopping in the historic city center of Valladolid
Ek-Balam Tour Price Price varies depending on group size.
What’s Included Deluxe air-conditioned transportation, professional certified English speaking guide, all entrance fees, guided tour of each archaeological site, water and soft drinks throughout the day, snacks, and lunch.
Group Size We lease 12 passenger Toyota touring vans, 16 passenger Mercedes super-vans, or 24 passenger mini-buses, so group size is not a problem!
We can do bus tours, but remember we are the tour company for people who don’t do bus tours, some of the locations we visit are not accessible by bus.
Tour Pick-up Private tours are door-to-door pick-up/ drop- off. Pick-up is included at locations between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. If you’re staying outside of our designated pickup area, i.e. North of Playa del Carmen to Cancun, a transportation surcharge will apply. You will receive detailed pickup information along with your tour confirmation upon booking.