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Ek Balam, Ek Balam Village

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Step into the ancient past at Ek Balam, a well-preserved Mayan site at its pinnacle from 770 CE to 840 CE. The site included one of the largest structures excavated in the region; it includes defensive walls and an arched entrance. Take a guided tour to learn the history of this sacred place. Be sure to take the opportunity to climb to the top of the main temple--something not permitted at larger Mayan sites--and see views of the ancient city and jungle beyond. There's some shade on site, but bring along plenty of sunblock (and your camera). Make Ek Balam a part of your Ek Balam Village vacation plans using our Ek Balam Village tour itinerary planner.
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  • Relating the Mayan Ruins to the Book of Mormon is what we wanted. Carlos did just that. We loved it. 
    Relating the Mayan Ruins to the Book of Mormon is what we wanted. Carlos did just that. We loved it.  more »
  • This place is fascinating and I definitely recommend visiting here. In fact if I was only given the choice of here or Chichen Itza, I would actually pick here. It's much quieter and you're actually... 
    This place is fascinating and I definitely recommend visiting here. In fact if I was only given the choice of here or Chichen Itza, I would actually pick here. It's much quieter and you're actually...  more »
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  • Beautiful Ek Balam we loved it. We recommend you to visit very early in the morning when they open. We found a few tourist maybe we were 6 in total for a long while it was amazing. From 11am tour buses from Cancun arrived and gets crowded but we enjoyed almost 2 hours by ourselves. Then we went to the cenote and it was also an amazing experience ❤️
  • The ruins are beautiful & not very crowded at all. No wait at ticket line & you can just walk in. There are men in the parking lot who ask for money to watch your car if you drive, so bring a few dollars to pay them off. The tickets are pretty steep compared to other ruins and of course non-residents pay a premium to enter. Tours are offered, which we took so we wouldn’t walk past any history & of course there’s a 100 peso surcharge for any language besides Spanish. The guide provided a lot of information/history & showed photos to explain things in detail. He even offered to take photos for us, so we weren’t too upset to pay the surcharge for the tour. The tickets cost around $22/per person and the tour was $30. There’s also a man & woman near the entry/exit who pose for photos. They will tell you to take a photo then expect a tip, so bring a few bucks for that as well. You can still climb the ruins here & because it’s not busy your photos are amazing. If you don’t want to pay the $30 for a tour you can also download a self-guided tour before you go. Make sure to download prior to the trip as cell service is almost non-existent & you won’t be able to download on site. I also recommend bringing your own water/drinks or purchase near the ticket window as there’s nothing inside for purchase. The sign states no backpacks allowed; however, they allowed us to enter with one. Definitely recommend comfortable shoes for climbing, cool clothes, sunblock, and a hat.

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