ruins of Ek Balam tour

The Ancient Mayan civilization left behind many archaeological wonders spread throughout the Yucatan Peninsula. To this day, many of these works of amazing engineering and stunning artistry are still hidden deep within the thick jungle trees waiting to one day be discovered and uncovered.

One of the more recently discovered ruins is Ek Balam, which means “black jaguar” or “black star jaguar”, and its secluded location gives you the feeling of being an adventurer and pioneer and offers a unique peek into the culture and minds of the people that used to call this place home.

Ek Balam tour

The experienced and insightful tour guides of Absolute Adventure will provide a customized Ek Balam ruins tour that will explain the different purposes of some of the 45 uncovered structures, the ceremonial aspects of the culture, and will be sure to point out intricate details that might otherwise be overlooked. The highlight of the tour, for those who are daring, is a climb to the top of the imposing Acropolis Tower. From the top of the tower you’ll feel like you are standing on top of the world and will be privy to a breathtaking 360-degree view of the surrounding jungle. Just remember that once you go up, you must come down!

Ek Balam ruins are located approximately two hours and a half from Playa del Carmen, and are not very far from Chichen Itza. If you are fascinated by the Mayan civilization, we can take you to visit Chichen Itza first, stop for lunch in the nearby colonial-era city of Valladolid, and then head to Ek Balam in the afternoon.

private Ek Balam tour
Another day trip option is to go straight to Ek Balam in the morning followed by lunch in beautiful Valladolid. On the way back to Playa del Carmen, we can stop for an afternoon swim in a cenote, so make sure to bring along your swimsuit! After the day’s adventures, you’ll certainly be ready to cool off, relax and enjoy a refreshing dip in one of these beautiful freshwater pools that are unique to the area.