Ek Balam Tours

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Ek Balam
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. 

Address: Ek Balam, The Yucatan, Mexico
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Private Day Trip: Ek Balam and Chichen Itza with Cenote and Tequila Factory

Get personalized attention and enjoy a flexible itinerary on this private day trip to Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. After touring the important archaeological sites, take a swim in a nearby cenote. Then quench your thirst with a visit to a local tequila factory. Round-trip private transportation is included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, and Hubiku Cenote Combo Tour

This intriguing full-day tour from Playa del Carmen combines two prominent archaeological sites of the Yucatan Peninsula: Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. A professional guide points out El Castillo (The Castle), aka the Temple of Kukulcan, among other landmarks, then accompanies you to Ek Balam with free time to climb the main pyramid. In between, visit Hubiku Cenote for a swim and dig into a buffet lunch. Numbers are limited to 10 people to provide a small-group experience.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Chichen Itza, Cenote Hubiku, and Ek Balam Day Trip

This comprehensive tour combines two significant archeological sites of the Yucatán Peninsula: Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. Let a guide accompany you around the ruins and explain their significance. This day trip from Playa del Carmen includes hotel transport, breakfast, beverages, a buffet lunch plus a swim in Cenote Hubiku.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Ek Balam Ruins and Cenote Maya Park Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

Explore one of the Yucatan's more newly discovered Maya sites—Ek Balam—on a cultural tour from Playa del Carmen. Embark on a full-day visit to these archaeological ruins as well as Cenote Maya Park, an adventure park with a superb natural setting, and get the most out of the Yucatan's vast offerings. Climb to the top of Ek Balam's Acropolis pyramid, discover hidden temples cloaked in dense jungle canopy and wander among ancient statues; then spend the rest of the day swimming in a natural sinkhole, cave rappelling and rainforest ziplining.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Ek Balam Majestic Mayan Ruins and Cenote Tour

Experience a bit of the Yucatan Peninsula's Maya culture and natural wonders on this day trip from Cancun to Ek’ Balam and Cenote Hubiku or Xcajum cenote (sinkhole). At Ek’ Balam, learn about the archaeological ruins and restoration efforts of this ancient Maya city. Then head to the cenote, a naturally formed underground pool, to cool off with a swim.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Chichen Itza, Cenote Hubiku and Ek Balam Day Tour

Make the most of your vacation in Playa del Carmen during a combo tour that visits Chichen Itza, Cenote Hubiku, and Ek Balam. Learn about the ancient Maya as you explore some of Yucatan's highlights, traveling between attractions with ease in an air-conditioned minivan. During the tour, you’ll also have time to shop for souvenirs. Plus, entrance fees, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Ek Balam, Rio Lagartos, and Tequila Private Tour from Cancun

Tour the archaeological ruins of Ek Balam, then see flocks of pink flamingos and soak in a salt lagoon at Rio Lagartos on this private day trip. Learn about the ancient Maya civilization from an informative personal guide and climb up the Acropolis, one of the largest pyramids of the Yucatán Peninsula. In addition, visit a tequila factory and stop for an included lunch. Private transport is available from Cancun hotels.
  • Duration: 13 hours
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Private Tour: Pink Flamingos, - Maya Temples, Ek Balam

Tour archeological sites, encounter the incredible wildlife of Rio Lagartos and get an up close look at Mayan temples during this day trip from Cancun that's perfect for the entire family. Whether you're traveling with children or adventuring with friends, this private excursion is the ideal way to see it all.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Private Tour: Ek Balam, Pink Flamingos Sanctuary and Tequila Tasting Factory from Cancun

See the ancient Maya city of Ek Balam, a migratory bird sanctuary, and a tequila factory on a full-day, private tour from Cancun that goes off the beaten track to explore the Yucatan’s history, wildlife, and culture. This 12-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Cancun, entrance fees, and a boat trip through the Gulf Coast mangroves.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Chichen Itza and Xcajum Cenote Day Trip

Reach two of Mexico’s most impressive attractions during this action-packed, double-duty guided tour, which takes you to Chichen-Itza archaeological site and Xcajum cenote. Relax and settle back for an all-inclusive experience, cutting the hassle of getting to each location. Enjoy unlimited drinks, air-conditioned transportation, an expert guide, and a regional buffet lunch. Top off your visit to the immense ancient ruins with a refreshing dip in turquoise waters.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Private Tour: Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Cenote and Tequila Factory from Tulum

Visit two dramatically different Maya sites on a full-day tour from Tulum to Ek Balam and Chichen Itza, then pause to swim in a cenote and visit a tequila factory. With the flexibility and personal service of a private guide, you’ll make the trip from Tulum to Ek Balam and Chichen Itza in a climate-controlled vehicle, then explore carvings, ball courts, and towering pyramids surrounded by thick jungle. This full-day tour is the perfect introduction to Maya archeology, and it includes pickup and drop-off in Tulum, entrance fees, and lunch.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Ek Balam Tour from Cancun Including Cenote Maya Park

Spend some time beyond Cancun exploring Ek Balam, one of the Yucatán's newer excavation sites. Embark on a guided tour of this ancient Mayan wonder, learning its history, wandering among its plazas and even scaling its main pyramid for incredible jungle views. Then continue on to Cenote Maya Park, where your choices for adventure are endless. Take a refreshing dip in natural pool, zipline through tropical forest canopy, rappel into a cave or shop for handmade Maya crafts. Savor a delicious meal of traditional Maya eats before returning to Cancun.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Chichen Itza And Ek Balam Private Photography Tour

Get a new perspective on Chichen Itza and Ek Balam's Mayan ruins in a new light during this 10-hour tour led by a professional photographer. With your local guide, a professional photographer, get guidance on how to capture the best shots of the ruins at Chichen Itza while you learn about the history and culture of the ancient Mayans. Continue to Ek Balam for more stunning photo ops of what the Mayans considered 'a portal to the other world'. This private tour ensures personalized attention from your guide and includes both a buffet lunch and round-trip transportation from your Cancun accommodations.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, and Ik Kil Cenote, Lunch

Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this jam-packed full-day tour that hits all of the famous Mayan sites around the Riviera Maya. With private transportation from Riviera Maya or Cancun, visit Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, and the Ik Kil cenote with a dedicated guide. All entrance fees included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Ek Balam Tour Including Cenote Maya Visit from Cancun

Experience the wonders of Ek Balam, a more recently excavated and restored Maya archaeological site on this full-day guided tour from Cancun. Learn about the ancient city’s temples, sculptures and other landmarks in this former ceremonial center. In addition to Ek Balam, enjoy the pleasures of Cenote Maya Park. Swim in its natural pools, and then rappel and swing like Tarzan in the Yucatan jungle. A traditional Maya buffet lunch and hotel transport are included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Tour: Ek Balam and Pink Flamingoes Sanctuary with Photographer from Cancun, Tulum or Riviera Maya

Visit an ancient Maya city and a coastal bird sanctuary on a full-day, private tour with transport from hotels in Cancun, Tulum, or the Rivera Maya that includes all entrance fees. Travel with a photographer guide for professional images of the trip, as you explore El Balam, spot flocks of flamingos, and tour the Rio Lagartos mangroves by boat.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Ek Balam and Valladolid from Tulum

Spend the day learning about the history and natural treasures of the Yucatán. Walk among the monuments and building of the archeological site of Ek Balam, then take a dip in the cool waters of the eponymous cenote located nearby. Enjoy a lunch of traditional Mexican foods and explore the colonial city of Valladolid.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Ek Balam Cenote Maya

Visit the archaeological site of Ek’Balam, an ancient Mayan city that knew its glory before Chichen Itza. This archaeological site is one of the latest Mayan archaeological attractions because of its most recent restoration works. Explore the majestic Cenote Maya, with the largest dome in the Yucatan Peninsula. You can swim in this natural jewel and enjoy some adventure activities. Discover the Mayan culture, participate in an authentic blessing ceremony and enjoy traditional buffet prepared with organic vegetables.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Ek Balam Tour from Riviera Maya or Cancun

Experience the pre-Hispanic Mayan city of Ek Balam and see the Yucatan’s largest natural pool, or cenote, on this guided tour. With a bilingual guide leading the way, learn the fascinating history of Ek Balam’s plazas, temples and sculptures. Enjoy a traditional lunch—included in the tour price—and head to Cenote Maya and check out its rock formations and turquoise water.    
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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4 Days of Minitour in Yucatán in a 3 Star Hotel

Ek 'Balam is located in the central-eastern part of Yucatan, about 190 km from Mérida and it is easy to reach the area, since the access is clearly signposted. The name of the ancient city, in the Yucatec Mayan language, literally translates into Spanish as "dark or black jaguar" (Barrera V. 1980: 1950) although the people of the Ek'Balam region who speak Mayan also interpret it as " Lucero-Jaguar. " When the Spanish arrived in the Yucatan Peninsula in 1517, Chichén Itzá was already abandoned, which means that while Europe lived in the Middle Ages, Chichen Itza had already created an even more precise calendar than the Gregorian one, its knowledge of Astronomy was much more advanced and they handled the concept of the number zero. Chichén Itzá differed from other Mayan cities by introducing the cult to the god Kukulcán, the feathered serpent.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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5 Days of Pink, Green and Blue Yucatecas

Ek Balam, is a spectacular archaeological zone in the heart of Yucatan. It is not very famous as Chichén Itzá, therefore you can enter without making big lines, take pictures without crowds and walk calmly without bothering vendors. But the best part is that you can climb to the top of the pyramids and contemplate the spectacular jungle that surrounds it. Despite globalization and everything that involves it (technology, customs, etc.) the beauty of San Felipe is intact. The design of their homes are still picturesque and simply unique, you can go walking through the streets and have the feeling that you are visiting a rainbow. It is something that attracts the attention of own and strangers.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
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LDS Tour to Ek Balam and Cenote

Our LDS tours are designed to bring the Book of Mormon to life. Our tour guides will not only provide an in-depth and detailed discussion of the history and symbolism of the ruins but most importantly, explain how they correlate to passages and teachings from the scriptures. Learn about the latest theories and research that place Mesoamerica as the top candidate for the setting of the Book of Mormon.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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8-day Smart-Inclusive from Cancun to Tulum, the Mayan Heritage Path

This is the most complete vacation package ever created. Combine your All-Inclusive vacations with immersive travel experiences with real local experts. We are eager to show you the best well kept secrets of our beautiful destinations. Experience the most iconic places at your own pace in this private 8-days tour, avoid tourist traps, travel comfortable in our air conditioned vehicles, experience our destination as a local ad marvel your eyes with the beauty that our nature & culture has to offer. This package includes hotel accommodations (3 days with All-Inclusive meal plan), private ground transportation, professional multi-lingual guides, meals as indicated, entrance tickets, activities and all the extra perks to make this a one of a kind vacation.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Duration: 8 days
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PRIVATE TOUR CHICHEN ITZA AND EK BALAM FROM CANCUN

Visit two most famous archaeological sites in Yucatan: Ek Balam (translated from the Mayan language "black jaguar") and the "New 7th Wonder of the World" - Chichen Itza. Swim in a beautiful cenote with crystal clear water, surrounded by exotic plants. In the second part of the tour you will visit to tequila faсtory where you can see the production process and taste this wonderful drink. No crowds, no lines on your private prehistoric adventure.
  • Duration: 10 to 11 hours
  • Duration: 10 to 11 hours
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