Ek Balam Ruins And Cenote Maya Park Day Trip From Playa Del Carmen

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Tour Information

Key Details

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  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 11 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    7am
  • Departure Details :
    Tour departs from most Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya hotels
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

Overview

Discover Ek Balam, a more recently excavated and restored Maya archaeological site, on this full-day guided tour. Stroll among the ancient citys vegetation-covered temples, well-preserved sculptures, and make your way up the Acropolis pyramid for wonderful views at the top. After sightseeing, swim in the natural pools of Cenote Maya Park and then rappel and zipline in the Yucatn jungle. Enjoy a blessing ceremony led by a Maya shaman and a traditional buffet lunch. Hotel transport from Playa del Carmen is included.

Highlights

  • All necessary equipment included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

Rise early for your full-day tour on the Yucatn Peninsula, starting with pickup from your hotel in Playa del Carmen. Youll 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 days 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 jaguars 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 areas 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.

Youll 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.

Inclusions

  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Buffet lunch
  • Beverages
  • Use of all necessary equipment
  • Use of hammocks, towels and lockers
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Alcoholic beverages

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 6 years

Not recommended for participants with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant women

It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring a swimsuit and sunscreen