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Ek Balam Mayan Ruins

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

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one that you can still climb

this was a great place to go. I climb the main pyramid and the view is amazing. take your time, because there's a lot of steps.

Reviewed January 4, 2015
Isabelle R
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Terrebonne, Canada
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Terrebonne, Canada
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Reviewed January 4, 2015

this was a great place to go. I climb the main pyramid and the view is amazing. take your time, because there's a lot of steps.

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Reviewed January 3, 2015

Ek Balam is a relatively new find (discovered around 15 years ago) and is a wonderfully preserved ruin. There are parts of the temple and annex buildings that have newly discovered chambers as well as undiscovered sections of the city that have not yet been uncovered by the jungle. Ek Balam is a wonderful place to tour, climb, and experience.... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed January 3, 2015

This is an amazing opportunity to actually climb, touch and interact with a piece of Mayan history. You can't do this at Chichen Itza and Tulum is small in comparison. Climbing to the top is not for the faint of heart!

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Yakima, Washington
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Reviewed January 3, 2015

My wife and I visited Ek Balam as part of a tour through Alltournative booked at our resort through lomas travel. Our tour guide, Joan Burgos, made this trip not only a lot of fun but much more of an educational experience than I had ever anticipated. His knowledge of not only the ruins but of the Mayan people is... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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Reviewed January 1, 2015

For us, Ek Balam was a bonus after Chichen Itza (about an hour apart). Pros: less crowded than Chichen Itza; you can climb the main pyramid. Con: isolated sight. It's definitely worth the short drive from Chichen Itza to Ek Balam. EK Balam isn't a huge, sprawling metropolis which makes touring the sight doable in a morning. Best part is... More 

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Reviewed December 28, 2014

We got there at 8:30 and by 10, we were soaked with sweat. No mosquitoes, though. Not many tourists. We were able to climb the ruins, which was great.

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Reviewed December 25, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed this one, explored the ruins, saw a tarantula! Such a cool trip. Found a room behind a room, climbed to the top!

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Reviewed December 23, 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed learning about the Mayan people. The buildings have so much history and are still in excellent condition.

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Port Alberni, Canada
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Reviewed December 19, 2014

worth the bus ride. the tour guide was fabulous - spoke immaculate English, great sense of humour! what a sense of history

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Reviewed December 16, 2014 via mobile

It was my boyfriends first trip to Mexico and I wanted to visit ruins and do a cenote this has them both on the same property and each is stunning in its own right. I chose this site because you can still walk on the different buildings. The view from the top of the largest was amazing, you could see... More 

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