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$138.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ek Balam and Cenote Maya Guided Tour with Lunch from Cancun

Your full-day adventure on the Yucatán Peninsula begins with early morning pickup from your Cancun hotel. You’ll tour the archaeological site of Ek Balam (about a 2-hour drive southwest) and frolic in the nearby Cenote Maya Park in the Valladolid area. Depending on the day’s schedule, your knowledgeable guide will make the call on which site to visit first. Walk through the ruins of Ek Balam, meaning "black jaguar," an ancient Maya city located in the northern lowlands about 35 miles (56 km) northeast of Chichen Itza. Dating back to 100 BC, Ek Balam thrived until 1200 BC before being abandoned. Wander around vegetation-covered temples and plazas, while learning more about its history, its ceremonial rites and excavation efforts from your guide.See an arch connected to a sacbe (an ancient road), a ball court, and pass impressive sculptures dotting the area, including one of a gigantic jaguar’s mouth that guards Ek Balam’s main pyramid of Acropolis. Hear about its broad base containing rooms, and then climb the pyramid, 105 feet (32 meters) high, for wonderful views of the Yucatán jungle.After about 90 minutes at Ek Balam, continue on to the nearby Cenote Maya Park, home to one of the region’s most stunning swimming holes, 262 feet (80 meters) in diameter. Make your way down a wooden staircase made using Maya techniques, slip into a natural pool and enjoy a refreshing break here. Spend about three hours soaking up the adventure and beauty of the park, including a number of optional activities such as more swimming, diving, rappelling and ziplining. Change up the pace with a visit to a small and colorful handcraft market, where you can purchase high-quality goods made by Maya artisans, and then experience an authentic blessing ceremony from a Maya shaman. When it’s time for lunch, settle in for a scrumptious buffet, featuring traditional Maya dishes like lime soup, chaya tamales, beans, vegetables, rice, chicken, handmade tortillas, fruits and flavored water. 
Your tour ends with drop-off at your Cancun hotel.

$79 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ek Balam and Valladolid Full-Day Tour from Cancun

Your tour starts at your hotel lobby (major hotels) with transportation with air conditioned vehicle. Light breakfast will be served on board (bread, fruit and juice). The first stop will be at the archaeological site of Ek Balam. This important site is still open for the public to walk on. You can touch the monuments and interact inside. You can feel what the ancient Mayas felt inside their constructions. The biggest building is called the “Acropolis" that you can freely climb all the way up. From there, you will be able to observe all the place with a spectacular view of the nature combined with the Mayan structures. Keep in mind, you will be accompanied with a professional certified guide who will explain the meaning and importance of the sites for the Mayan Culture. As a perfect complement, you will also visit the Colonial Town of Valladolid where you will get to walk in a typical town-market and enjoy a panoramic view of the most important Colonial buildings. You will be able to return at your hotel in time lunch.

$122 Cultural & Theme Tours

Chichen Itza, Cenote Hubiku, and Ek Balam Full-Day Tour

On this day trip, you'll be picked up from your Riviera Maya hotel and enjoy a light breakfast aboard an air-conditioned vehicle on your way to Chichen Itza. In Maya language, Chichen Itza means "the mouth of the well of Itza" and it's one of the main archaeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula. You'll spend more than three hours there and enjoy a guided tour to see the Kukulkan pyramid which is the main building and represents the civil Maya calendar. Other important buildings you'll see include El Caracol, also known as 'The Obsevatory', the Plaza of a Thousand Columns, the Ball Court, the Temple of the Descending God, the Temple of the Jaguar and the Temple of the Warriors. You'll learn all about this place for approximately two hours and then you'll have one hour to explore the site on your own and even buy some souvenirs. Your tour then continues to Hubiku Cenote, located just a few kilometers away from Ek Balam. Here, you'll have a wonderful time taking a refreshing swim and enjoying the breathtaking scenery. The cenote has a depth of 60 meters and has a height of 25 meters. Cenotes were sacred places for the Maya culture and were believed to be the path to the underworld. You'll have approximately 45 minutes to swim here and then you'll have 45 minutes to enjoy lunch at the restaurant in the cenote. After lunch, you can visit the tequila museum for some time which is located the same surrounding as the cenote. The final stop of your tour is Ek Balam which in Maya language means "Black Jaguar." This archaeological site had its glory days with ruler Ukit Kan Le’k Tok, whose tomb is located in the main building known as The Acropolis. You'll get to marvel at the inscriptions of this building which are very well preserved and tell of the royalty at the time. Other important buildings you'll see include The Twin Pyramids and the Ball. Admire the striking structures and fine and delicate craftsmanship. After this visit, you will be dropped-off back at your hotel.

$99 Day Trips & Excursions

Chichen Itza, Cenote Hubiku and Ek Balam Day Trip with Entry

The archaeological site of Chichen Itza is a must see while in the Mexican Caribbean. The site was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. It is one of the representative Maya Culture areas and you'll be able to tour the place and see the main landmarks including the Temple of Kukulcan. Your local, certified guide will explain all the physical, mathematical and astronomical knowledge that the ancient Maya applied in the construction of this majestic Mayan city.After the tour, you will leave at your leisure to take advantage to buy some crafts at the numerous stalls inside the archaeological site. Leaving the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, you will go to Hubiku the impressive cenote. This majestic and huge underground natural pool will serve to freshen up and get active in contact with nature. After this refreshing swim you will eat a delicious food buffet. Your tour then continues to the archaeological site of Ek Balam, one of the last cities found and where more mystery hides. It has a main building with other few buildings that can still be climbed to the top so you can enjoy the wonderful views. After this, you'll be dropped-off back at your hotel.

$115 Private & Custom Tours

Playa del Carmen to Ek Balam and Cenote Private Full-Day Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel early in the morning in order to reach Ek Balam by about 8 am. This allows you to get to the site right when it opens, which means that you’ll be able to enjoy the ruins without huge crowds of people there. Going early in the day also helps avoid the sun and the heat.While you’re at Ek Balam, a private archaeological guide takes you to explore the ruins, and you can climb one of the pyramids, the Acropolis. Afterwards, we will ride (bike or taxi tricycle) to the Xanche cenote, where you can go swimming. You will stop at Temozon, a small town, for a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant in Valladolid. Finally, you will be taken back to your hotel around 4 or 5 pm.Toll road included when applicable from your hotel.

$576 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5 Days of Pink, Green and Blue Yucatecas

Day 1: Arrival: We will pick you up at the airport and leave for the village of Ek Balam. They will be installed in the cabins of a charming Ecotourism Center that has solar energy, to go to the Cenote Xcanché. To get to this beautiful cenote, you will travel a 1.5 kilometer Sacbe, choosing one of the 3 options: in a fun BiciTaxi, riding a bike, or walking for 15 minutes Day 2: Ek Balam - San Felipe - Rio Lagartos: After breakfast, we will move to San Felipe, a small fishing village with charming typical painted wooden houses of multiple colors, which in the pre-Hispanic era, was the mythical place for commercial exchanges among the Mayans. From the tourist hostel we will take our boat and visit the Kambulnah water eye, which we will descend by a wonderful wooden bridge of 320 meters, on which we will walk through nature seeing its four different types of mangroves (gray mangrove , black, white and red). Later, we will head towards Isla Cerritos, a small walled island that was discovered and later populated by the family of an ancient prince of Ek Balam.  Day 3: Rio Lagartos - Biosphere Reserve - Valladolid: After our breakfast, we will take another boat from the Lagartos River boardwalk to enter the Biosphere Reserve, a Protected Natural Area where the greatest biological diversity and the ecosystems with the best state of conservation of the Yucatan Peninsula are concentrated. In this wonderful tour you will see a great diversity of birds, until you get to see the flamingos, which reproduce in great quantity, in such a way that the pink of their plumage contrasts with green foliage in the background. It is a truly beautiful picture! You can see the pink pond, a lagoon that is tinged with different shades of this color, due to the membrane of a halobacterium. In the return, you can take a Mayan bath, an ancient Mayan tradition for skin care, with the natural white mud with salt that it contains. You will rinse yourself in clear water, and you will be as good as new. We will go to Valladolid and we will have the afternoon free to enjoy this charming city. Day 4: Valladolid - Cenotes Route: After enjoying the delicious and healthy breakfast of our hotel, we will put on our swimsuit and go out to explore the wonderful cenotes of Yucatan, with its crystal waters Cenotes available: Zaci in the center of Valladolid, Dzitnup (2 cenotes) which are called X'Kekén and Samulá, 2 km southeast of the city. They will return to the hotel to change, go out to dinner and rest. Day 5: Departure: You will be transferred to the Cancun airport to take your flight.