Yucatan, Mexico

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Ek Balam is one of the most fascinating Mayan sites and one of our favorites. Not only does it boast some of the most monumental Mayan buildings on the Yucatan peninsula, it also features a wall of stucco unique in the world, which you just have to see to believe.

The Ruins of Ek Balam
Until fairly recently, Ek Balam was a ruins site that not many people had ever visited, and it still remains more or less that way still. A few years ago, a team of archaeologists here found an amazing treasure - a tomb containing thousands of ancient artifacts and surrounded by a wall of stucco art .  The site was originally discovered in the 1800’s. The site was not renovated until the 1900’s. These treasures were hidden behind walls for hundreds of years, untouched by weather and wind. This is a one-of-a-kind example of ancient art in general and Mayan art in specific. The site also features several monumental buildings with many interesting architectural details.  The site is names Black or Dark Jaguar and you can see numerous signs throughout the site. It was an important Ceremonial Site.

Included in the tour is a visit to the Ek Balam Cenote to take a dip and cool off before you hit the road again.

There are a number of things that you can combine with the visit to these ruins that will fill out the rest of the day.

About 15 minutes away from the Ek Balam Ruins is the historical city of Valladolid.

Historic Valladolid
Founded in 1543, Valldolid the history of city has made it one of the until the beginning of the 20th century, the third largest and most important city of the Yucatán Peninsula, The cathedral on the main square is one of the oldest churches in the New World. Enjoy an authentic Yucatecan lunch , and then enjoy walking the streets and seeing the artisanal wares.