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Review of Ek Balam Cenote

Ek Balam Cenote
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$138.99*
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Ek Balam Tour from Cancun Including Cenote Maya Park
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$110.00*
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Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku Tour from Playa del Carmen
Ranked #2 of 39 things to do in Valladolid
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

This cenote is nearby the pyramid complex of Ek Balam (by 1-2km walking/biking), and is a local Mayan run eco-complex with restaurant, zipline, off the grid power, and the fabulous cenote. It is extremely steep, but worth the climb down the stairs (or repelling). Crystal clear waters into an abyss of blue. A charming feature are all the hanging tree roots down to the waters edge. Catfish swim around your feet, and there are life preservers and innertubes available. Very picturesque!!

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Car:
We rented a car in our 8 day stay at the Paradisus resorts. No issues with the Europcar rental - was a little pushy with the insurance, but does not force you. Amazed at how the toll booth guy asks you to take a buffet tour. Lied that parking itself would cost you that price. Parking there can be free if you park on the road, else only $2 (20 pesos)

Route:
We left Cancun at around 10am and reached Chichen Itza around noon. Took the 180D toll road (around $35 one way) to get there. I would not recommended the non toll 180 since you have to slow down in several small towns. If you are not in a hurry and love shopping/eating in local joints, save yourself $35 and take the non-toll. Note that if you miss the signs for 180D and take 180 instead, they don't join anywhere and you're stuck.

Ek Balam:
I would also recommend visiting other smaller ruins - especially EK BALAM. Much less crowded and you can climb up and equally breathtaking.

Cenote:
While you are there, take the Cenote dip - another wonder of nature. Absolutely amazing..

Enjoy Mexico!

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Reviewed January 2, 2014

My family and I did the Xcanche tour with activities which were a bike ride through the forest, zip line across the beautiful cenote, rappel down to the cenote and swimming. There was also a Tarzan style rope to swing out over the cenote and jump in. It was a lot of fun and the staff are very professional and polite. The cost was 300 pesos/person and we spent about 2.5 hours there.

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Reviewed December 16, 2013

You have to try it!! The jumping in the wather is just amazing! It was the highlight of the trip! Oh! and the little fishes!! And the refreshing water... and the view... and... well... it's definitly whort a visit!

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

The name is bad spelled: it's Ek' Balam,which means in Mayan language Star-Jaguar. The name is bad spelled: it's Ek' Balam,which means in Mayan language Star-Jaguar.

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