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“Just what I hoped for”
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Ek Balam
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Ek Balam Mayan Ruins and Cenote Combo Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Recently excavated and restored Mayan ruins.
Reviewed December 21, 2013

This is a ruin that is not roped off to people who wish to climb up or touch the rocks. I loved it, and even though Chichen Itza is on a much larger scale, this one tops it as far as I am concerned. It just had a feeling of antiquity that I was able to appreciate - as well as the mystery of the place.

1  Thank Sylvia A
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Reviewed December 21, 2013

This is a great day out. If you're planning to visit Valledolid then don't miss this spot. Or vice versa.

1  Thank Michael L
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

As opposed to the busy ruins of Chichen Itza we were some of the only people there on the site, we got to climb to the top of the main pryamid with view out over the site and saw an amazing sunset. A lot of the features are all from the mayan time of being built as opposed to being recast more recently in what people think it looked like because it was so well preserved.

Because its so new there is lots still to be uncovered, it can only get better.

We combined this with rio lagartos trip in the morning and it was amazing combining those into the day as they ruins are on the way to rio lagartos.

1  Thank virginia d
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Reviewed December 17, 2013

We rented a car from near Puerto Morelos and whizzed down the toll road to Ek Balam. It was rather eerie to be the sole car on the road for many miles.
We spent hours at the Ruins. It was so fabulous to be able to linger and walk on the ruins. It rained briefly- we were rather delighted to be drenched with warm rain. The rain drove most of the almost 75 other visitors away so we had the place almost to ourselves.
The view from La Acropolis was spectacular. I had a spotting scope and we could barely make out other ruins in the distance. Quite the awesome view!
The lack of crowds was refreshing.

1  Thank Jane J
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

Registered day before for Ek-Balam, Cenote, Lunch tour with Altournative Tours. about 10 of us, 1 guide and one guide in training handled both English and French with ease and of course Spanish. Plenty of time in both places plus wonderful lunch; guides could not have been more helpful. Visits through Maya villages with good explanations of culture, current status etc., one of the guides was very familiar with the area. lots of travel time due to location of Ek Balam, unavoidable but vans were comfortable. Lunch was wonderful. guides Tare and Coralie were fantastic, well prepared, very focused on making sure we were comfortable, safe and well informed about all we saw and did. Zip lining and rapelling into the cenote were marvelous opportunities, parks were well maintained and we were fortunate to have an uncrowded day. PHotos at cenote were well done, a bit pricey but worth it so take money for at least one photo (16.00) but more if you want more photos plus CD of both sites.. Native markets at both Ek Balam and Cenote had interesting crafts and honey, vanilla, etc. Would love to do this again and particularly with these guides.

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