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

This is one of those hidden jewels of the Maya Culture. You will not believe the wonderful facade the main structure has. The architecture you find at Ek Balam does not belong to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

This is one of those hidden jewels of the Maya Culture. You will not believe the wonderful facade the main structure has. The architecture you find at Ek Balam does not belong to any other style you see in the Northern Yucatan Peninsula. Besides the fact you can climb this building to the top to admire the beauty of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We have visited a few ruins over the years and hadn't heard of ek balam before, remote location but link to main road through to cancun reduces time. Nice and quiet when we visited and had a guide explain the area and may an history for 45 minutes, very informative. We were able to climb all the ruins but the... More 

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Tumwater, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

These ruins are well kept, with good interpretation. There were not a lot of people around when we visited, made for a really enjoyable experience. We could take our time and the birdwatching around the ruins was quite good.

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Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We really enjoyed our visit to Ek Balam. Different from Chichen Itza (which was amazing), you are allowed to climb the different ruins in Ek Balam, which adds a more interactive element, since you are allowed to get up close and really appreciate this ancestral gems. Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Chichen Itza is a great site, however you HAVE to visit Ek' Balam afterwards so you can actually experience the height of these pyramids. The main struture at Ek'Balam is actually higher than at Chichen Itza, and somewhat more interesting as there is a temple revealed in the structure about halfway up that was uncovered only in the 1990's. The... More 

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Webster, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The detail of the carvings are splendid. Not a large area, but still more interesting than the more popular destination, like Chichen Itza, Coba or Tulum.

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Great history. Wonderful tour guide, Carlos. We were able to climb to the top and see the whole Mayan village below. This is a newer discovered, smaller ruin so worth adding onto any excursion.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

The only negative about this is that it is not terribly easy to get to. But on the flip side, this also lends to some of the cool factors of this site. There aren't very many people that go there. What else is cool? You can still go inside many of the buildings, climb many of the buildings, and a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

It was so beautiful and not crowded at all! After the ruins, we took a trip to the Cenote, which was absolutely stunning! Swimming in cave with no other tourist- highlight of my trip!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Ek Balam was my favourite ruins out of the four I have visited (Chichen Itza, Tulum, Coba). These ruins are much less touristy than the other ones. The ruins are surrounded by dense jungle and it is the perfect setting! I took a shared colectivo taxi from Valladolid with friends from my hostel (taxi stand located on Calle 44 between... More 

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Address: 20-minute drive from Valladolid on highway 295, direction Tizimin, Ek Balam Village, Mexico
Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Yucatan  >  Ek Balam Village

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