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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
| 20-minute drive from Valladolid on highway 295, direction Tizimin, Ek Balam Village, Mexico
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Reviewed today

This site is worth making the effort to find. Most of the signs to this site state "Ek Balam" but at the last intersection there is a multi-directional sign and "ZAEK BALAM" is listed. This confusing name comes from "Zona Archealogica Ek Balam" with all...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mark P
Reviewed today

Known to be rediscovered in the late 90s the structures at Ek Balam are well preserved and well maintained. Of all the ruins in the Yucatan Mexico Ek Balam is the most peaceful. It is known to be spread over 12 sq.km. of which only...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Marcrobs
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Chichen Itza is great, no doubt about that. But if you have a few extra hours in your trip, head over to Ek Balam. I absolutely loved it and the fact that you actually get to interact with the ruins makes for an amazing and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank KevinA206
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went to the place on a tip from a local. Better than anything else in the area! Zip line over sinote (I think that’s how to spell it) Repelled down it and swam as well... The whole place was amazing! The structure is open to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank j1971k
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was our second trip after ten years. This time, we had read up about it. The guides there are not accurate and are too expensive. We used a GPS connected mobile app to go around. It was excellent. Jaguar teeth and king's tomb (forgot...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Snehal S
Reviewed 1 week ago

After the heat & hustle of Chichen Itza, Ek Balam was a brilliant find. We arrived early, before all the bus loads, and had the place almost to ourselves for three hours. Amazing ruins that you can actually climb on and explore, plus a wonderful...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Anjuna66
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Tulum, Chicken itza and toyed with seeing Coba. Ek Balam is special and my favorite because of the well preserved sculptures/artwork, found only here and nowhere else at the others. Look carefully for influences from other parts of the world, could it...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank suraimcfly
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Rented a car in Cancun and drove to ek Balam and did some shopping in Valladolid. TIPS: the roads are beautifully and smoothly paved the whole 2 hour way from playa and Tulum. Signs are clearly marked the whole way. no need to hire a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Christina M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This trip picks you up at 6 from Cancun but instead of going directly to chichin itza it goes to playa which is 1hr south for an extra hop . So instead of being there early we were late - wish it was clear on...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dt70033
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had to make the tough decision between visiting Ek Balam and Chichen Itza. We are so glad we chose Ek Balam! We arrived early, so there were only a few dozen people there. Climbing to the top of the acropolis provided such a special...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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December 18, 2018|
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Response from Art T | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. Consider contacting toursbylocals
sheri t
September 15, 2018|
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Response from Tabula-Rasa143 | Reviewed this property |
No. Please don't carry your infant in a carrier to the top of the pyramid. It's quite steep and requires a bit of balance (especially coming down) so will be dangerous.
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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Ek Balam Mayan Ruins (9 Replies)
How do you get from GP Tulum to Ek Balam Mayan Ruins ?
September 25, 2012|
Response fromCO_Pilot54|
1) Rental car in which case the Mayan Adventure map from cancunmap.com would be useful 2) Commercial tour
Colo Spgs
Ek Balam Mayan Ruins via Rental Car (19 Replies)
I reserved a car from the Playa del Carmen (PDC) Isis by having Margarita from the Cozumel Isis call over. I got a map showing the location. I also had the Mayan Adventure map from cancunmap.com which made navigating easy. I recommend these maps because they are excellent and I use them. My plan was to go north towards Cancun and pick up the toll road west towards Valladolid then exit and go north to Ek Balam. Returning I would go to the Dzitnup cenote just west of Valladolid, return...More
February 11, 2011|
Response fromVancouver Sundog|
Excellent report Co What were the entry costs Thanks