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Ek Balam

Ek Balam (Mexico)

Practical information about Ek Balam

  • Lake
  • Archaeological Site
3 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
20 minutes from Valladolid by taxi
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Ek Balam

Travel writer
30 travel articles

The biggest and best preserved relief in the Mayan world.

My suggestion:
Leave early and make the most of your trip by visiting the X'canché cenote at the same time as the archaeological site (or vice versa).
Valladolid is a little off the main zone of mass tourism on the peninsula (Riviera Maya and  Cancún ), so the archaeological site of Ek Balam is a little removed from the mass hordes of tourists who travel to Mexico. That is, it's less visited than Chichén Itzá, which I acknowledge having snubbed. Ek Balam is less spectacular than Chichén Itzá, or even than other famous archaeological sites on the tourist round (Palenque, Tulum, Tikal, etc.). But its worth a visit for all that - although I have to say mainly for those who are mad about Mayan archaeology. 
An impressive plaster frieze at Ek Balam.
Kalagan Travel writer
8 travel articles

A small archaeological site with an impressive plaster relief...and a charming cenote.

My suggestion:
If you are going there when the weather is really hot, then go early enough to avoid the heat of the day...and go to the neighboring X'canché cenote to cool off when the temperature rises.
I was lucky enough to visit Ek Balam in November, that is to say, outside the high season. It's hard to say whether tourists know about this site or not. Whether they do or not, when I went there, there were very few people.
A view of  Ek Balam from the top of the acropolis