Get the
Inside Scoop

I can unsubscribe at any time. Privacy Policy

Book online or call

Call (888) 651-9785

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Add your review

  • Address: Ek Balam, The Yucatan, Mexico
  • Admission: Varies
Once an ancient Maya town, Ek Balam (meaning “black jaguar” in the Mayan language) is now one of the largest archaeological sites in Mexico, famous for its 96-foot-tall (29-meter-tall) Acropolis, a stone temple that offers picturesque jungle views from its peak. Don’t miss the jaguar motifs peppered around the site’s numerous structures. 

The Basics
Situated about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the popular tourist destination of Chichen Itza, Ek Balam isn’t quite as popular as its massive neighbor, making it less crowded. The attraction offers a chance to imagine Maya culture as it was thousands of years ago. 

Ek Balam tours typically include hotel pickup and drop-off, and leave from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and other Riviera Maya destinations. Excursions range from a half day to a full day, and often visit other popular attractions such as Tulum Archaeological Site, the ruins at Chichen Itza, and nearby cenotes (underground lakes). Private tours are available for a personalized experience, and some day trips include a personal photographer. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Ek Balam is a must-see for history buffs and culture lovers. 
  • The Caribbean sun can get very hot and there isn’t much shade at Ek Balam, so remember to bring sun protection and plenty water.
  • It’s a good idea to wear comfortable shoes so you can explore the ruins at length. 

How to Get There
Ek Balam is located on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, roughly two hours by road from Cancun and Playa del Carmen. You can get there by taxi, rental car, or guided tour. The closest international airport is in Cancun. 

When to Get There
Ek Balam is busiest from December through April, when the weather tends to be sunny and warm. There are fewer crowds during hurricane season (May through October), but be sure to check the weather for storms if you plan to participate in outdoor activities.

What to See Near Ek Balam
The nearby Quintana Roo region is full of attractions, both natural and man-made. Nearby Playa del Carmen is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and shopping. The Maya ruins at Coba are also a must-see, with a 138-foot-high (42-meter-high) stone pyramid. The archaeological sites of Tulum and Chichen Itza are also great spots to explore. For an island getaway, visit the shores of Isla Mujeres or Cozumel. 

Tours & Tickets

See all

Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Hubiku Cenote Tour from Cancun, Cancun, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Hubiku Cenote Tour from Cancun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

See two of the Yucatan peninsula's most important archaeological sites on this daylong tour of Ek Balam and Chichen Itza. Marvel at the Acropolis, observatory, ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Chichen Itza, Cenote Hubiku, and Ek Balam Day Trip, Playa del Carmen, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Chichen Itza, Cenote Hubiku, and Ek Balam Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Enjoy a spectacular and complete day trip in which you'll visit Chichen Itza and enjoy the site for more than 3 hours. Then, you'll go to swim in a ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.00
Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, and Hubiku Cenote Combo Tour, Playa del Carmen, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, and Hubiku Cenote Combo Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

Enjoy two guided tours plus a visit to a cenote in this great combo from Playa del Carmen. You'll visit the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, then swim at ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $117.00
Ek Balam Mayan Ruins and Cenote Combo Tour, Cancun, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Ek Balam Mayan Ruins and Cenote Combo Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Visit the archaeological site of Ek’Balam which is one of the latest Mayan archaeological attractions because of its most recent restoration works. You will ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Chichen Itza, Cenote Hubiku and Ek Balam Day Tour, Playa del Carmen, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Chichen Itza, Cenote Hubiku and Ek Balam Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Enjoy an amazing combo day tour which combines Chichen Itzá, Cenote Hubiku and Ek Balam. It is a small-group tour limited to 12 people and includes ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Chichen Itza And Ek Balam Private Photography Tour, Cancun, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Chichen Itza And Ek Balam Private Photography Tour

This 10-hour private tour of two of the Yucatan's most famous ancient ruins is for those with a love of photography. Explore iconic Chichen Itza, named one of ...  Read more

Location: Cancún, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
Ek Balam Tour from Cancun Including Cenote Maya Park, Cancun, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Ek Balam Tour from Cancun Including Cenote Maya Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Already been to Chichen Itza and Tulum? Discover Ek Balam, a more recently excavated and restored Maya archaeological wonder on the Yucatán Peninsula. ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $138.99
Ek Balam and Valladolid from Tulum, Tulum, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Ek Balam and Valladolid from Tulum

Visis the Acropolis of Ek Balam  and enjoy the vibrant colors, architecture and crafts of the Yucatan. Enjoy some local food and take a swim at a refreshing ...  Read more

Location: Tulum, Mexico
Duration: Flexible

From USD $145.00
Full-Day Ek Balam and Valladolid Tour from Cancun, Cancun, Archaeology Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Full-Day Ek Balam and Valladolid Tour from Cancun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Embark on this full-day guided tour of Ek Balam and enjoy the best artistic and technological representations of the Mayan culture. Explore the treasures and ...  Read more

Location: Cancún, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Ek Balam Ruins and Cenote Maya Park Day Trip from Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, Cultural Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Ek Balam Ruins and Cenote Maya Park Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover Ek Balam, a more recently excavated and restored Maya archaeological site, on this full-day guided tour. Stroll among the ancient city’s ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $138.99

See all

Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message