Ek Balam

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Ek Balam: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Cancun/Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itza, Hubiku & Ek'Balam

    1. Cancun/Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itza, Hubiku & Ek'Balam

    Benefit from pick up at your hotel in Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Then, journey towards the ancient city of Chichen Itza to learn more about the Mayan civilization. Discover the magic of the Yucatan on this day trip from Cancun to visit two Mayan ruin sites and a stunning cenote. Your expert guide will lead you throughout the day, sharing fascinating facts and folklore of the Mayan civilization. Get ready to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichen Itza, one of the most iconic archaeological sites in the world. You’ll also visit Ek Balam, an off-the-beaten-track site with incredible carvings and a soaring Acropolis pyramid you can climb.  To refresh from the Yucatan heat, you’ll immerse yourself in the crystalline waters of Cenote Hubiku.

    Unfortunately, there were not enough people to go on this tour so we were asked if we would take a different tour. We did and had a very nice time.

  • Ek Balam & Cenote Maya: Full-Day Tour

    2. Ek Balam & Cenote Maya: Full-Day Tour

    Explore the archaeological site of Ek Balam, a top regional attraction that has been recently restored. You’ll also visit the mysterious Cenote Maya, a natural pool that features beautiful rock formations. Your full-day tour begins at the Cenote Maya Park, where you’ll descend into the region’s most impressive cenote by a large wooden staircase built using ancient Maya techniques. Experience a range of optional adventures at the park, such as swimming in the cenote, diving, rappelling, swinging on a Tarzan vine, and more. Visit a small, colorful handicraft market, where your purchases of locally made items benefit Maya artisans. See a Mayan ritual, and be part of an authentic blessing ceremony performed by a shaman. Enjoy a Mayan buffet of traditional dishes such as lime soup, chaya tamales, beans, vegetables, rice, chicken, handmade tortillas, fruits, and flavored water. Next on th...

    Wow!!! Let me tell you something ! Ek Balaam should be on everyone’s archeological sites list. It’s up there with Chichén Itza and Uxmal! It’s hard to get to but we’ll worth it !! Israel our tour guide was amazing !!! Jack of all trades kinda fellow ! The cenote to end it’s absolutely amazing !!

  • Cancun: Ek Balam Self-Guided Tour

    3. Cancun: Ek Balam Self-Guided Tour

    Your tour of Ek Balam begins near the visitors center. As you head deeper into the site, you will learn of the fascinating history of Mayan civilization before Europeans arrived. This history dates back thousands of years. You’ll also hear about the arrival of the Spanish, and how their conquest forever changed the continent and its people. After crossing through the remnants of an ancient defensive wall, you’ll arrive at a ball court and learn about how the ancient Mayans played an intense, sometimes dangerous game that was something like a cross between soccer and basketball. The catch? They used a ball that weighed about 20 pounds! As you make your way to the Circular Steam Bath, you’ll learn about Mayan architecture, and why they built things in the way that they did. The bath was used for religious ceremonies, but also to heal the sick and wounded. You’ll get more familiar with Ma...

  • From Merida: Visit to Ek Balam Community & Cenote Tour

    4. From Merida: Visit to Ek Balam Community & Cenote Tour

    Start the tour with an 8:30 AM pick up from your hotel in Merida. Set off on a 2-hour drive towards the small village of Ek Balam where Mayan is the most spoken language.  First, enjoy a relaxing visit to the town in the company of a local guide. See how this community brings together traditions and modernity, using tourism in a new way to reinforce its identity and improve the quality of life of its community while safeguarding the natural and cultural richness it possesses. Get to know the traditional way of life and households of the Yucatecan Mayan population. Participate in workshops as you learn how to prepare handmade tortillas, how to weave hammocks, and make machine embroidery.  Then, continue on to the X-Canché Cenote, located within the archaeological site of Ek Balam, making it the ideal place to rest before or after visiting it. To reach the cenote, take a 2-km ride by bic...

  • From Mérida: Farming, Cenote, and Ek Balam Pyramids Tour

    5. From Mérida: Farming, Cenote, and Ek Balam Pyramids Tour

    Discover fascinating Mayan culture and history on a full-day ecotour from Mérida. Start with pickup at 6:30 AM and drive to Ek Balam, a village where Mayan is the most-spoken language. Enjoy a delicious breakfast to build your strength, before setting out on a bike ride to explore local farming practices. Visit a milpa, a Mesoamerican crop growing system, accompanied by a local guide. Taste traditional pozole and sweets made from regional crops, as you learn about the Mesoamerican agricultural system. Enter the k'áax, or jungle, to learn about traditional knowledge of medicinal plants and trees used in the construction of houses. Afterwards, start the 2-kilometer journey by bicycle or tuk-tuk through the jungle to get to Cenote Xcanche. Refresh yourself in the cool waters and appreciate the biodiversity around the crystal clear cenote. Before leaving, enjoy a traditional Yucatecan lunc...

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What people are saying about Ek Balam

This was an amazing day! The weather the horrible at the start of the day but but the time we got to our first destination it was beautiful. Mario was our tour guide and he was beyond excellent. He took the time to explain everything. He gave us a detailed explanation of Chichen Itza on the way there and then when we got there explained things in more detail. He was the best tour guide we have ever had. I highly recommend this tour and Mario as the guide!!

Great, both Ovet and Eliuk made the excursion super enjoyable. I would repeat a thousand times more with them. We had a great time, Ovet's explanations were the best, solving doubts and making the tour so interesting that he kept you attentive at all times. Both chichen itza and balam are spectacular. And hubiku, really the best.

Wow!!! Let me tell you something ! Ek Balaam should be on everyone’s archeological sites list. It’s up there with Chichén Itza and Uxmal! It’s hard to get to but we’ll worth it !! Israel our tour guide was amazing !!! Jack of all trades kinda fellow ! The cenote to end it’s absolutely amazing !!

Very good experience with a excellent guide and transport. All the time you receive the good explanation and go reply to your question. The day was long but on a comfortable minivan, and always with some offer water, the day was perfect. The attraction are amazing.

This tour was fantastic to the transportation to the guide Jorge and the timing at all the locations felt perfect without being rushed. I was so pleased with this tour and would highly recommend.