Ek Balam Archaeological Site
Ek Balam, one of the latest archaeological sites to be discovered in the Yucatan peninsula, is maybe one of the most important Maya ruins ever found. The site is expected to be as large as Chichen Itza once the excavation is finished.
Ek Balam lies north of the colonial city of Valladolid, half way between Cancun and Merida. To get there take the highway Cancun – Merida and exit in Valladolid, then head north towards the city of Tizimin. Either from Cancun or Merida, it takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes to get there.
The grandiose capital of the Itzaes impresses everyone for its size and grace. The site reveals much of the fascinating history of the Mayas, such as the Cenote of Sacrifices into which the victims were thrown; the immense Ball Game (the largest in Mesoamerica); The Snail, a Mayan astronomic observatory; the building of the Nuns, a great pyramid with a crack that shows its different stages of construction, and in the middle of a broad plaza, the majestic Castle, or pyramid of Kukulcan, is a gigantic calendar of stone. During the spring equinox, numerous visitors gather from all over the world to observe an unprecedented archaeo-astronomical phenomenon: the snakelike body of Kukulcan which descends from the top in the form of triangles of light and shadow, to fertilize the earth.
It is important to point out that Chichen-Itza was recently declared a Heritage of Humanity.
XCARET was for more than over 10 centuries, one of the most important ceremonial centers and Mayan ports. Today it has become a magnificent eco-archaeological park to enjoy a great variety of activities and attractions. Parking lot, restaurants and bars, information center, snorkel, lockers and stroller rentals, gift shop, photo shop, bathrooms and showers, beach lounges, hammocks, medical services, ATM.
Historical and Cultural Attractions such as Archaeological site “Pole”, Museum Botanical garden, orchid farm, wild bird aviary, reef aquarium, caverns, papantla flyers, butterfly pavilion, bat cave, musical events, Mayan village folkloric Mexican shows and much more!