Ek Balam is the most recent major Mayan Ruins site near Cozumel to begin restoration, with the process beginning in 1997. It is a truly striking site, though the restored area is much smaller than nearby Chichen Itza. The largest and most famous temple at Ek Balam is called the Acropolis, standing nearly 100 feet high. You can climb to the top of the Acropolis, giving you panoramic views of the rest of the site, as well as the Yucatan beyond. Ek Balam is never crowded with tourists the way that Chichen Itza can be, giving you a truly introspective experience when you visit. We offer two of the only Ek Balam tours in the Riviera Maya.
EK BALAM TOUR FAQ's
Q: WHERE IS EK BALAM LOCATED? IS IT IN
A: Ek Balam is located in the Yucatan, near Valladolid and Chichen Itza. It is about a 3 hour drive from Playa del Carmen. To visit Ek Balam from Cozumel, you'll just ride the passenger ferry over to Playa del Carmen to meet your tour. See Ferry Details.
Q: I'M ON A CRUISE SHIP - CAN I DO THESE
A: Ek Balam is really too far away to do from a cruise ship in Cozumel. You might check into excursions in Progreso if your ship is stopping there. We suggest visiting Tulum or Coba instead if you're on a cruise ship.
Q: WHAT WILL I SEE AT EK BALAM?
A: The biggest pyramid at the ruins site is the Acropolis, famed for it's 15-foot high Jaguar's mouth featuring winged Mayan warriors. Ek Balam means "Black Jaguar" in Mayan. From the top of the Acropolis, you can even see the ruins sites of Chichen Itza and Coba. Also at the ruins site, you will find 45 structures, including two very large unexcavated buildings. Among the temples you'll find are the Tomb of Ukit Kan Le'k Tok', The Oval Palace, The Mayan Ball Court, The Twin Pyramids, and a beautiful entrance arch.
Q: DO YOU OFFER ANY PRIVATE TOURS TO EK
A: We are happy to organize a private tour of any kind for you. We don't have it pre-packaged on our website, but if you give us a call or drop us an e-mail, we'll set it up for you.