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Ek Balam Mayan Ruins

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Address: 20-minute drive from Valladolid on highway 295, direction Tizimin, Ek Balam Village, Mexico
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Recently excavated and restored Mayan ruins.

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Great exercise

Highly recommended to use a tour guide. They know the history of the area and make sense of what you are looking at

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Strathroy, Canada
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Strathroy, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Highly recommended to use a tour guide. They know the history of the area and make sense of what you are looking at

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East Jutland, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Cool to see some well preserved ruins. Great view climbing to the top - be careful. The place is less crowded than Chichen Itza but also smaller. Beware of the ticket sales where they try to charge another 45 pesos for permission to take pictures. It's rubbish and they dont enforce it. All in all well worth the visit but... More 

Thank Globerouleur
Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our family booked USA Transfers for a private tour of Ek Balam Mayan Village and the Cenote May Park. The driver we had was excellent! Einar Sanchez Lopez provided us with translation from Spanish to English from our guide at Ek Balam. He explained local culture and took us to a wonderful restaurant for lunch and explained the local cuisine.... More 

Thank Roberta B
Merida, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Less restored then Chichen Itza or Uxmal but a very large site which you can sense thru the surrounding jungle. The main structure, the acropolis, has unique and special carvings which you can experience closeup. A cab from Valladolid ran 200 pesos each way which was quite reasonable. This is a site which require climbing to see the wonderful stone... More 

Thank John J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This ruin is in the same area as Chichen Itza and I would have liked to have gone on a tour that combined these 2 ruins. The tour we went on in January 2016 was with AllTournative Expediciones. We booked it through our resort's Transat rep, for $129US. We were attracted to this tour as it grouped Ek Balam with... More 

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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We felt so lucky to be able to tour this site...we had a private tour (4 of us plus our guide), and we got SO much more out of this visit...I don't know how people can truly appreciate this area without a guide! Also we felt very privileged to be able to climb up and into these ruins...who knows how... More 

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Cotton MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is important to note that this is one of the sites that you can still climb on most of the structures. I fully expect that in the not to far future this site will be like Chichen Itza where most everything is roped off. But for now, you can get an up close look at the Temple Ukit Kan... More 

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Virden, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very interesting archeological site that is still being unearthed but you can climb all the ruins which is such a cool experience. Definitely wear good shoes

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Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I got there from Valladolid and it was quite confusing. Was looking for the 'colectivo' and when I actually gave it up as everyone was sending me in different directions, some guys sudenly asked me if I want to ge there at the corner of calle 44 and 37:) The colectivo turned out to be normal car, you need to... More 

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Cambridge, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was really awesome! The tour guides were nice and knowledgeable the architecture was amazing and it was a great view from the top.I would go back again for sure especially because they are still digging it up and finding new ruins.It was hot as heck though make sure that you bring extra water!The saris were pretty steep keep... More 

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