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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, Cultural
Owner description: Recently excavated and restored Mayan ruins.
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: Recently excavated and restored Mayan ruins.
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2011 via mobile

Pretty small but a wall of beautiful set of stucco frescos were recently discovered. 80% of the frescos are in original condition. definitely recommend it as a quick side trip from Valladolid. We paid a collectivo around 40 pesos to take us. you only need to budget around 2 hours to see these ruins.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2011

Almost more amazing than Chichen Itza due too fact that fewer people go here and no one is selling anything within the park is lesser known Ek Balam. A 10 minute drive from Valladolid. You can climb the structures (as with Coba) which amplifies your experience. The main pyramid has amazing reliefs which are protected by palapa-like structures. If you... More 

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Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2010

In May 2010 me and my boyfrien visited the Yucatan penisula. This was the firs time we went to Mexico, so I looked up what are the "must visit" spots. On one website I saw a tour to Rio Lagartos and Ek Balam. Well... that's it! We must see the flamingos. And it was a great place. But the great... More 

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Soest, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2010

One of the lesser known Mayan cities. Extrememly well-preserved. A must see in the middle of the jungle. And you can clim the pyramids if you feel up for it!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2010

We went with Gudelio Alanis from Excel Tours in Playa del Carmen because we wanted to see both Chichen Itza and Ek Balam in the same day. The feeling you get when you see these ruins is like Indiana Jones. When we arrived in the morning no one was there. It's a bit puzzling to me that so many people... More 

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Salt Lake City, UT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2010

Newer site only uncovered in last 10 years. Other mounds patiently waiting on property give perspective on what a lost civilization looks like for an archeologist. Stucco details are being protected, but climbing is still allowed. Glyphs on one door frame show interaction between dark and light complected cultures. Search on Flickr.com showed me some of what to expect. Fantastic... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2010

After an amazing tour we took with Gudelio to Chichen Itza, we booked him for a trip to Ek' Balam. If you haven't yet read my review about our trip with Gudelio to Chichen Itza, have a look at: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g150808-d153407-r62528466-Chichen_Itza_Ruins-Chichen_Itza_Yucatan_Peninsula.html#UR62528466 We found Gudelio Alanis of Excel Tours in Playa del Carmen through tripadvisor who does private tours and you customize... More 

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Dallas, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2010

I love Ek Balam, the site is beautiful but do not miss Dulcemente! The Italian restaurant in the tiny village of Ek Balam was incredible and so unsuspected. Only bummer was they were out of tiramisu!

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mars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2010

This very fine ruin has amazing plaster statuary in beautiful condition. Winged Gods! Mayan angels! wow You can climb the big pyramid and rent a bike to go to cenote X'canche to swim in heaven (when you get sooo hot ). Inquire in Valladolid about bus,collectivo.and taxi options.

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Manitoba
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2010

We were torn between Tulum, chichin itza and Ek Balam and we were so glad to have chosen the latter. It was included in a tour through Sunquest, from the Occidental Grand Xcaret resort. It included a walking tour in Valladolid, a swim in an underground cenote where a trees roots are hanging from the ground above, lunch at a... More 

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