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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.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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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"nearby cenote"
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"archaeological site"
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"yucatan peninsula"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is my favorite site of all of the Mayan ruins we have visited this far. Not as impressive as Chichén Itzá, but by far fewer Tourists. We have been to Chichen Itza numerous times before. The first time we were there we were able...More

Thank wnorton503
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can walk up the pyramid and have a very nice view over the surrounding jungle. I would recommend hiring a guide for a tour because otherwise there are many informations you'll miss. After the visit you can walk to the Cenote X'canche which is...More

Thank Yukary
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hidden gem raising popularity It’s an archeological site that is greatly preserved Be careful and respectful it’s not just a bunch of rocks over the other ... it has lots of history and shows us a glimpse of the unique Mayan civilization and it’s culture

Thank MexicanTravelGirl
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We drove to the area from Playa del Carmen planning to visit Chichén Itzá but arrived too late. So we stayed the night in Valladolid and woke up early to drive to Chichén Itzá. (I have another review about that site.) From there, we drove...More

2  Thank Aaron G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice little site with a huge pyramid you can climb. Only the center of this site has been excavated but you can still see the outline of ruins being taken over by the woods.

Thank Kate M
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Reviewed May 19, 2018 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

1  Thank michamexi
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Reviewed May 13, 2018

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 May 9, 2018

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

Thank bstan
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Reviewed May 5, 2018

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

1  Thank James K
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Reviewed May 3, 2018

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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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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