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Recently excavated and restored Mayan ruins.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
| 20-minute drive from Valladolid on highway 295, direction Tizimin, Ek Balam Village, Mexico
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Expensive entry fee and then another $500 Mex for a guide but it was an interesting visit and because less people visit you can actually climb all over the stones. No written info which is a shame, considering entry is so expensive $480 Mex I...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Explorer50215717550
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From our resort just outside of Cancun the drive to Ek Balam was a good two hours, even taking the toll road as a shortcut. Not too much to see as you’re driving through the jungle and everything is flat. Ek Balam itself is outstanding,...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank skobiwan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ek Balam isn't one of the more notable ruins when you visit Cancun or Mexico. You hear about the others and they have tours that pick you up and take you to the ruin with pre-planned visits to other popular locales. I've done all those...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank AAAltenhofen
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ek Balam was on our list after our last trip to Cancun. It was a long day to/from (drove quite a distance to a cenote as well), but well worth the trip!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Amber K
Reviewed 8 September 2019 via mobile

We had a nice view when we climbed the temple but found the entrance to be rather pricy (413 pesos per person) for the site. The cenote (150 pesos pp) nearby was nice and not too crowded (in september)

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank camillec231
Reviewed 3 September 2019

This is one of many sites that we have here in yucatan, is one of the Icon where you can see at the top of the principal pyramid you can see at the east the top of the pyramid of Kukulcan and another sites related...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Jesus V
Reviewed 27 August 2019

this site is not as impressive as Tulum but its also not as congested with tourism. Its still being discovered and its nice to be in an environment that hasnt been over polluted by people. Want to see something different and less crowded, this is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Elizabeth S
Reviewed 26 August 2019

The moment I walked through the archway , I was totally awed. The size of the palace was amazing. It is something I would not have missed experiencing.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Sharon P
Reviewed 24 August 2019

At first I was planning to buy a combined tour to Ek Balam from Merida, like I did for Chichen Itza and Uxmal. However, there were no such group tours, so I went on my own by public bus to Valladolid and by collectivos from...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank acorna
Reviewed 3 August 2019

A Well-Preserved Site of Mayan Culture - Ekʼ Balam is a Yucatec-Maya archaeological site in Yucatán, Mexico. I had such a pleasure touring this incredible. It's not crowded. I would definitely return.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Carol G
19 December 2018|
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Response from Art T | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. Consider contacting toursbylocals
sheri t
15 September 2018|
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Response from Tabula-Rasa143 | Reviewed this property |
No. Please don't carry your infant in a carrier to the top of the pyramid. It's quite steep and requires a bit of balance (especially coming down) so will be dangerous.
Janet B
3 January 2018|
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Response from garymartin2017 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Through the resort you are staying at. Book a tour with a guide as they will explain all of the history.