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Ek Balam Mayan Ruins

20-minute drive from Valladolid on highway 295, direction Tizimin, Ek Balam Village, Mexico
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
Description: Recently excavated and restored Mayan ruins.
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Warsaw, Poland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We rented a car from Cancun to get there ... and it was worth every penny. That site is the best of the 3 we visited (Chichen Itza, Coba). Not crowded with just few tourists and almost no vendors. There is a few interesting building on the way to the main pyramid which you can climb. The main pyraid is... More

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Saint Nicolas, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is one of the last places in Yucatan where you can climb on the piramid. We arrived very early 8:30 am to be alone on this fabulous place. We climbed on top of the temple which was impressive. Beautiful sight there, you see the other temples in the jungle. Also gorgeous birds in the trees and around. The fresco's... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

My husband and I stayed in Cancun on our first trip to Mexico but knew we wanted to see Mayan Ruins during our trip. Chichen Itza had been recommended to us, but upon arriving in Cancun, we learned you can no longer walk on the structures at CI. We wanted to walk on and touch the ruins, so our hotel... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

My family went to Ex Balam, and we loved it! Though I suggest to bring lots of sunscreens and many hats and long layers of clothing since the weather is so hot! It is best to go in the EARLY MORNING OR LATE EVENING.

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

When planning our trip to Cancun, a tour of Mayan ruins was a must. After much research, we decided to visit Ek Balam since it is lesser known=less visited. And, you can still climb on the pyramids! We chose a private tour vs. a large tour bus. We went with Jerry Ham of Tours with Jerry. Pricy, but worth every... More

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Sandy, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Ek Balam is a must visit if you are in the Yucatan. It is fascinating to learn of the Mayan culture, the peole, and the lifestyle they had. We used Alma's LDS Tours and they were fabuluis. We learned a lot and were amazed at just how sophisticated much of the Mayan culture was. How they built the temples and... More

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Taunton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I don't love it--its great!!! 4-5 structures--so not huge--but good for kids--as they can climb it all. Also a great cenote for teens--75 foot rappel, ziplines, ropeswing---- 1 mile bike ride to the cenote--great day for a little exercise and fun... as I get older and kids arent with me--maybe i'll feel differently--but for now withs kids--ek balam is great---... More

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Yarmouth, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I visited this location as part of a tour package including the tour of the Ek Balam Ruins and the Cenote Maya Park. We had a hard time deciding which ruins to visit and had already visited Tulum. We were not disappointed in our choice. This was not a popular tourist attraction but one of the ruins that you are... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We stayed by Chichen Itza, at the Hacienda Chichen. On the hotel's recommendation, we drove the hour or so to Ek Balam and loved it. The site is such a different, but complementary experience, to Chichen Itza. Less crowded and you can climb on the main pyramid (the Acropolis) for a gorgeous view of the Yucatan jungle and the rest... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

A very quite ruin site with not many visitors. You can climb all the ruins you want. It was kind of scary but the view was worthwhile.

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