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From Merida: Visit to Ek Balam Community & Cenote Tour

Activity provider: Co'ox Mayab

From Merida: Visit to Ek Balam Community & Cenote Tour

Activity provider: Co'ox Mayab

From US$ 242.18 per person

Discover the richness of the Mayan communities by visiting the community of Ek Balam. Learn how to weave a hammock, sew, and prepare tortillas by hand. Discover the impressive X'Canché Cenote and the archaeological site of Ek Balam.

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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
At the agreed meeting point in central Mérida
Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Participate in craft workshops with locals
  • Marvel at the amazing X'Canché Cenote
  • Discover the amazing Ek Balam archaeological site
  • Get to know a traditional Mayan village
  • Learn how to weave a hammock
Full description
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 bicycle or trici-taxi (tuk tuk) through the jungle. Refresh yourself and rest while appreciating the biodiversity that revolves around the body of water. At the end of your visit, enjoy a traditional Yucatecan dish at the cooperative’s restaurant. Visit the archeological site, recognized for its entirely Mayan architecture. Finally, at about 5 PM, return to Merida where your tour concludes.
  • Transportation
  • Guide/driver
  • Village tour
  • Tortilla, hammock, and embroidery workshops
  • Entrance to the X'Canché Cenote
  • Bicycle or trici-taxi (tuk tuk) ride
  • Lunch with beverages in the cooperative restaurant
  • Access to facilities such as restaurant, bathrooms, dressing rooms, and hammock area
  • Admission fee to Ek Balam archaeological site
  • Personal expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Activities such a ziplining, rappelling, hammock rest area in X'Canché (available to purchase on site)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Product ID: 379494