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Ek Balam Ruins and Cenote Maya Park Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

  • Day trip to Ek Balam and Cenote Maya Park from Playa del Carmen
  • Visit the archaeological wonder of Ek Balam, an ancient Maya city and ceremonial center on the Yucatán Peninsula
  • Pass temples, see high-relief statues and climb the pyramid of Acropolis
Ek Balam Ruins and Cenote Maya Park Day Trip from Playa del Carmen
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Ek Balam Ruins and Cenote Maya Park Day Trip from Playa del Carmen
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Explore one of the Yucatan's more newly discovered Maya sites—Ek Balam—on a cultural tour from Playa del Carmen. Embark on a full-day visit to these archaeological ruins as well as Cenote Maya Park, an adventure park with a superb natural setting, and get the most out of the Yucatan's vast offerings. Climb to the top of Ek Balam's Acropolis pyramid, discover hidden temples cloaked in dense jungle canopy and wander among ancient statues; then spend the rest of the day swimming in a natural sinkhole, cave rappelling and rainforest ziplining.
What to Expect
Rise early for your full-day tour on the Yucatán Peninsula, starting with pickup from your hotel in Playa del Carmen. You’ll visit the archaeological zone of Ek Balam (about a 2-hour drive west) and enjoy outdoor activities in the nearby Cenote Maya Park, located in the Valladolid area. Depending on the day’s schedule, your guide will determine which site to kick off your morning.
Spend about 90 minutes wandering through the more recently excavated and restored ruins of Ek Balam, meaning "black jaguar," an ancient city located in the northern lowlands about 35 miles (56 km) northeast of Chichen Itza. Dating back to 100 BC, Ek Balam thrived as a Maya city and ceremonial center until 1200 BC before being suddenly abandoned. Pass by jungle-covered temples and note the well-preserved statues, while hearing more history and lore from your guide.
Pass through a ball court, an arch typical of Maya architecture, and arrive at the base of the Acropolis pyramid, 105 feet (32 meters) tall. Come upon a massive sculpture of a jaguar’s mouth, along with figures of winged men; they are said to be guarding the entrance to the underworld. Learn about the gallery of rooms inside the base, and then make your way up the pyramid and take in beautiful views of the jungle.
Spend the rest of the day at the nearby Cenote Maya Park, home to one of the area’s most impressive swimming holes, 262 feet (80 meters) in diameter. Descend a wooden staircase made using Maya techniques, reach a natural pool and enjoy a cool dip here from the hot weather. Afterward, try a number of optional activities offered in the park, including more swimming, diving, rappelling and ziplining.
You’ll also partake in a blessing ceremony with a Maya shaman, and have the chance to visit a colorful market selling handcraft items made by Maya artisans. For lunch, dig into a traditional Maya buffet, featuring dishes like lime soup, chaya tamales, beans, vegetables, rice, chicken, handmade tortillas, fruits and flavored water. 
Your tour concludes with drop-off at your Playa del Carmen hotel.
Reviews (11)
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Reviewed 18 April 2018
Word of Warning

The tour we were on was full and we were the last to be picked up. The last seat in the van was a hard bench style seat and there were three people crammed in, with little leg room. Both people on the ends had...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Sandra A
Reviewed 22 February 2018
A perfect way to spend a day!! Our Tour Guide Alex was AMAZING!!!

We chose this excursion because of the 2 different activities included. It was perfect because it was just enough land, and just enough water! We spent the morning at Ek Balam, which was beautiful, historic, AND we could climb to the top of the ruins....More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Kayla N
Reviewed 18 February 2018
Amazing day with a fabulous guide, Christian!

My daughter and I booked this excursion through our rep at our Playa Del Carmen hotel and we were not disappointed. Christian, our guide and driver for the entire day, picked us up at the hotel and we were off with a nice small group...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank ParisIsAlwaysGreat
Reviewed 4 February 2018
Educational and Exciting Lifetime Experience! Adrenaline rush AAAA++++

We visited Ek Balam/Cenote Maya with Alltournative. Our tour guide was Alex M, and Sammy our driver provided comfortable transportation. We have gone on various tours before but this one was exceptional! Alex M is a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide. No one fell asleep...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank veronicapaisley
Reviewed 2 January 2018
Best day trip - not to be missed! Thanks Diego Garcia :)

We knew we wanted to visit some of the ruins while in Cancun/Playa del Carmen & we got so lucky with this trip w/ the added bonus of the Cenote Maya Park. The Cenote was gorgeous, the water was invigorating and the Mayan lunch was...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank AlexZ1215
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