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“A sight to behold...”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Ek Balam Cenote

Ek Balam Cenote
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Ek Balam Tour from Cancun Including Cenote Maya Park
Ranked #2 of 33 things to do in Valladolid
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“A sight to behold...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

Ek' Balam is a Yucatec-Maya archaeological site within the municipality of
Temozón, Mexico, 20 minutes north of Valladolid and 2hrs from Playa Del Carmen. EK-Balam means "BLACK JAGUAR" in Mayan.

We visited Ek Balam Jun 6, 2013. Our authorized tour company was provided by ALLTOURNATIVE TOUR and was fortunate to have a tour guide name MARCO who is very passionate about what he does and shared an incredible knowledge about Mayan culture. EK-Balam is open seven days a week between 8 am and 5 pm. Plaques with information in English, Spanish and Mayan are placed in front of some important structures. There are restrooms at the entrance and a parking lot just outside. You will need about an hour or two to see the site at a nice slow pace.

Marco, our tour guide was very engaging with us while pointing the different structures and temples and its importance to the Mayan culture. We went up the ruins and once up the top of the temple, you can see and marvel at this once a upon time place. Full of history, mystery and legacy for us to enjoy, it is truly a SIGHT TO BEHOLD. Walking around this site, one cannot help but wonder at how they manage to build this place without any advance tools????The craftmanship and the engineering techniques was such a mystery. So many questions left unanswered for me but I feel so bless to have had the opportunity to visit this mystical place. I felt like I was walking on a holy ground considering it's history. One thing I have to point out-you are prohibited from using any insects/bugs spray when you go into this place. They don't want it to pollute the air-kindly abide by this.

After EK-Balam, we went to the Cenote Maya. "A Cenotei s a deep natural pit, or sinkhole, characteristic of Mexico, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath" forming into an underground river. PURE WATER, myfriends! Here, again, no lotion or anything that could contaminate the cenote pure water. You can go down the cenote by either using the ropel or going by foot to the underground river. My husband went down through the ropel and zip lined inside the cenote. The place is beyond beautiful. So many things was running through my head to describe this wonders of nature...the stalactite and stalagmite is everywhere like Christmas lights. For me, everyone needs to experience this-the wonders of nature, a gift to humanity to enjoy and cherish.

Mayan lunch was fabulous and the staff that was serving us are all so friendly and accommodating. Mucho Gracias.

To Marco, Antonio (our driver) and the ALLTOURNATIVE TOUR, thank you so much for such and an amazing and spectacular experience. Would do it again when we return. Thank you!

Visited June 2013
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“don't miss it!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

Brilliant place that most poeple miss because on tour and time doesn't allow enough time. If like us you visit Ek-balam on your own and god knows it's easy you cannot miss this great cenote. Beautiful walk getting there or you can grab a bicitaxi for a few pesos.Entry fee was 30 pesos or $2.50 each and more than worth the price. Great for swimming and relaxing as there just a few poeple that seem to make the effort of going. Don't forget to arrange return trip with collectivotaxi driver (allow at least 4-5 hrs for ruins and cenote swim) otherwise you will have to pay a regular taxi to take you back more expensive of course.

Visited February 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

A truly amazing experience. If in Mexico this is a must do! The cave repelling, zip lines and swings and very enjoyable. The water is cool and refreshing and the whole experience was an A++

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“Don't be cheap!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

Sure wish we'd taken the rickshaw instead of being cheap and walking. It was a long, hot walk. We LOVED this cenote - only locals there. Rope swing, life jackets, inner tubes. So beautiful. Don't miss it if you are there!

Visited March 2013
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