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Ek Balam

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

The sight is smaller than Chichén Itzá but it has a unique charme due to the lush vegetation all around. And what is more: You can climb the main pyramid and will actually be able to see the other buildings from up there. I was...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Authentic experience, not as crowded and commercialized as Chichen itza and you are allowed to climb the pyramid which is not as steep as Coba ( at least it seemed that way to me)

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Like all of the ruins, get there early, but we really had the place to ourselves until about 11:30 when several buses came in. Yes not massive like Chichen Itza, but you can still climb up the pyramid and can see for miles and miles....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I must start off by saying I never got to Ek Balam because of Viator and their tour provider, Mexico Great Service. When I attempted to write this review on Viator, they blocked me from being able to do so. I want people to know...More

Thank James K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ek Balam is a beautifully preserved site which is peaceful and easy to navigate. The ruins are located closer together than other sites like Coba, and overall less tourists. We went around 3:30pm so perhaps the mass visitors had left by then? The General Admission...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ek Balam is less visited than some of the other Mayan sites but it should be. Its acropolis boasts impressive a tomb and its sculptural programme which one (not me) can climb up to see. (Fortunately thus has been reproduced in the Museo de Mundo...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We skipped Chichen Itza on our trip due to the crowds and it's "polished" optics. I read a lot about Ek'Balam and it's remote location and the lack of tourism. I was a little bit disappointed when we arrived there to find a well established...More

Thank Henning F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited here as part of a three part tour. Was very interesting trip. The able bodied can climb to the top of the Mayan Temple but it quite hard going and you have to watch your step on the way down as it is quite...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On the way from Rio Lagartos to Chichen Itza/Piste, we stopped at Ek Balam for our first exposure to Mayan ruins. It was a great experience with far less crowd than the neighboring Chichen Itza. It's definitely not as spectacular as Chichen Itza but enough...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We chose Ek Balam over Chitzen because we knew it would be small and more intimate. Such cool excavations and the fact that you can see so many 'mounds' that have not been unearthed!

Thank Elisa S
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somanybooks523
January 3, 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.
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Andrew Z
December 31, 2017|
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Response from Tabula-Rasa143 | Reviewed this property |
as of May 2018 the general admission price is $211 MXN (without a guide). There is a lower price for Mexicans / citizens of Yucatan.
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MiamiTwins21
December 8, 2017|
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Response from Tim H | Reviewed this property |
There are restrooms at the entrance and places to sit in the shade at the base of the pyramid. They also have bicycle taxis to the cenote with bathrooms and changing rooms.
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