The Yucatan Peninsula is home to the historic Mayan city of Ek Balam, Mexico, sometimes referred to as the Jaguar City of Mexico. It is a much less visited place, but the Mayan ruins of Ek Balam are a pretty offbeat Yucatan destination. When the Ek Balam ruins are all together, they resemble like a real Mayan city. As you enter, you can see the ruins of the city walls. The thing’s you see is said to be just 10% of Ek Balam’s entire ruins area. There will be so many things to be explored yet. But it is stunning and unique!
At Best Maya Tours, we offer customized Ek Balam private tours. Our expert team provides a list of facts — including a short history of the area, exciting details, and additional information on the surrounding Yucatan region and its many sights. It is a paradise that not only lets you explore the world’s wonders but discover so many exciting facts about Ek Balam & Chichen Itza that make you quite surprised. The Good news is that you can easily visit Ek Balam and Chichen Itza on the same day. Our Ek Balam private tour is a safe, comfortable & informative way to see the best of this ancient Mayan ruin. Do you find your Ek Balam private tour is difficult or too overwhelming? Then, you can go for our Ek Balam private tour. It is a highly-rated day trip that covers the ruins of Ek Balam, Chichen Itza, and a nearby cenote in one day. Here are a few places to visit on an Ek Balam private tour.
Ek Balam ruins
Ek Balam ruins are worth visiting because they are not as crowded as the others. They stand out because of the presence of exquisite sculptures made of stucco that are exclusive to them. Between 100 BCE and 900 CE, the Mayan city of Ek Balam in Mexico flourished for over a thousand years. It peaked about the eighth century. The Acropolis and Ek Balam Pyramid can still be climbed. However, use caution as the steps are in poor condition and slick in several areas.
Original stucco sculptures at Ek Balam
Exploring the original & Stunning stucco work at the Mayan ruins of Ek Balam is a part of our Ek Balam private tour. It is one of its kind and quite distinctive because of the unique stone-carved sculptures that are hard to come now. It has the figures of winged warriors that remained an exciting topic for historians for a long time. Of great interest is the substantial teeth-like structure in front that makes the entrance look like a giant monster mouth. It seems like an entry door to the underworld.
Oval Palace at Ek Balam
The Oval Palace, a 2-minute walk away, is the next point of interest once you have finished touring the main pyramid of Ek Balam. The Oval Palace is thought to have hosted cosmological rituals. It is analogous to the oblong observatory in Tulum or Chichen Itza. You may obtain breathtaking views of the entire area from the top of the Oval Palace.
Entry Arch at Ek Balam
This lovely arched gate, which initially connected Ek Balam to the rest of the Mayan realm, may be found at the entrance to Ek Balam. The gate is thought to have been connected to the sacbe, an old route. It’s intriguing how Sacbe works. Similar to our modern motorways and roads, it is believed that areas connected important cities throughout the Mayan empire at their junctions. This sacbe most likely linked the Coba, Chichen Itza, and Ek Balam.
The cenote at Ek Balam
The Cenote Xcanche, also referred to as the Ek Balam Cenote, is next to Ek Balam. It is a gorgeous outdoor swimming pool with rope swings and waterfalls. After touring the neighboring ruins, take a dip in these calm waters. Other beautiful cenotes are also close by. Our Ek Balam private tour allows you to visit the majestic Cenote Maya along with Ek Balam ruins. All our Ek Balam tours usually include a cenote or two, if you are interested!
Twin Pyramids of Ek Balam
The Twin pyramids are a pair of identical pyramids that are located directly in front of the Oval Palace on the left. They are built like pyramids on a single platform. The Ball Court, smaller than the one at Chichen Itza, is a little distance ahead. The Acropolis and its palapas are visible further along.
Ek Balam private tour is worth it if you are looking for a calmer, more peaceful heritage experience in the Yucatan. It is always a great idea to take a guided tour to explore the Mayan ruins of Mexico. We are your local tour guides and come with much information, local myths, and legends. We are happy to share our experience and facts with you! It highly recommends spending a few days in Valladolid and touring the surrounding area, including Ek Balam, Chichen Itza, and several pretty cenotes. If you wish, we can organize your Ek Balam private tour from Valladolid or Cancun!