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Ek Balam Mayan Ruins

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Address: 20-minute drive from Valladolid on highway 295, direction Tizimin, Ek Balam Village, Mexico
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Recently excavated and restored Mayan ruins.

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US$ 145.00*
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Ek Balam and Valladolid from Tulum
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US$ 440.00*
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Private Tour: Flamingos, Mayan Temples, Rio Lagartos and Ek Balam
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US$ 129.00*
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Maya Experience: Ek Balam and Mayan Community Interaction Day Trip

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Small but charming

We visited in Feb 2017 after having already been to Uxmal and Chichen Itza so it's sort of hard to be impressed. It's a lot less manicured than the other big sites and is probably... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Cardigan, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited in Feb 2017 after having already been to Uxmal and Chichen Itza so it's sort of hard to be impressed. It's a lot less manicured than the other big sites and is probably the better for that, and if you like climbing the pyramid steps, it's the place to go. There are certainly a lot less people around... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Much smaller than chichen itza but what a view! Great ruins that you can climb up and walk on! Very steep stairs but worth it on the first and second landing. Many less tourists here and no one selling anything past the gates. Worth a stop and photos. Be careful on the stairs going up but worth it for the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Got here when it opened and we were able to climb before the heat. So glad we made the trip to these Mayan Ruins.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This site is a little off the beaten path, nicely cared for, you can climb the pyramid, there are guides available if you want one, much nicer to visit than Chichen Itza in my opinion and apparentl just about as big.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Using Alltournative Tours, we booked this on-line 45+ days early for a nice discount. Pickup at our resort was 7:25 a.m. and off we went. It started with the Cenote Maya and Mayan village about an hour away. You can rappel down 22 meters or use the stairs and diving platforms or ziplines into the cool, cavernous cenote. Mobile phones... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was our 5th Maya site that's why we were not that fascinated anymore, we saw more impressive and cheaper ones e.g. Becan or Chakchooben that are both pretty unknown and therefore great to see (also we liked Coba more)! However, Ek Balam is a good trip from Valladolid. But I guess it really depends on what Maya sites you've... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Take the time and visit. It is a beautiful walk thru a path in the jungle to get to the ruins..and so peaceful. There is hardly anyone there...and absolutely no vendors or chaos. Hire a guide for amazing history..its worth it. Not only for information on the ruins themselves, but Mayan history as well. Loved it. And of course, climb... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We rented a car in Playa Del Carmen and shared the costs with the other couple in our part. I recommend you get up early and hit Chichen Itza when it opens: remember that you gain 1 hour our touring when you cross over into their time zone from Riviera Maya. We stopped at the caves from Chichen Itza (humid... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This site is far less busy than others but equally impressive and affords the opportunity to climb on many parts. There could be more written info provided at the start but I guess they are trying to promote hiring the guides. Budget a good 1.5 hours to fully see the site including a walk up the 111 steps to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We elected to take the tour to Ek Balam, the Mayan ruin site. I had hope to go to some more popular sites, but I am very glad we chose this one! The Palace and other building there date to 700A.D., and the structures are very impressive, especially after being excavated from under all of the rock and jungle. We... More 

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