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Ek Balam Cenote Maya

Cancun / Riviera Maya / Cozumel


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From: $159.00

  • Explore the archeological site of Ek Balam, where an important Mayan king is buried
  • Hike up the stairs of the 112-foot pyramid with his tomb at the top – you'll have the best views of the jungle!
  • Uncover the emerald green waters of a deep cenote and take a swim
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch in the magical surroundings
  • Activity duration: 10 hours approx. (including transportation time to and from activity)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off included


Ancient wonders await in the heart of the Yucatan jungle. Go from exploring the archaeological ruins of Ek-Balam — one of the most captivating Maya sites in Mexico — to having a swim at the sacred waters of a Maya cenote (sinkhole), all in one full day of adventure. A knowledgeable guide, a buffet lunch and comfortable transportation complete your visit to these magical places.


Digging around Ek-Balam’s history

After a comfortable transfer picks you up from your resort, you’ll arrive at Ek-Balam archaeological site, whose name means ‘Star Jaguar’ in Mayan. It’s a fittingly majestic name considering this site was home to king Uk’it Kan Lec Tok, buried in the side of the largest pyramid.

Your bilingual guide will take you precisely to this Maya king’s well-preserved grave, which boasts amazing motifs and carvings, plus an offering of more than 7,000 pieces of jewelry dating back 1,000 years.

Climb toward great heights

If you want to go the extra mile, and we recommend you do so, take a hike up the steps of Ek-Balam’s 112-foot acropolis — which is actually a pyramid with a tomb on top — for some fascinating scenery of the surrounding jungle.

The visit would not be complete without admiring some recently restored structures like the Observatory and the Twin House, two of the main attractions of this once-bustling city.

Soak in your Ek-Balam cenote Maya tour

After your guided visit of ancient wonders in Ek-Balam, a sacred Maya cenote will be the next part of your tour. Take a refreshing dip in the cenote’s crystal clear waters and admire its wonderful natural formations. This will affirm why the ancient Maya people of Yucatan thought cenotes were portals that connected them with their gods.

Top off your full day of magical exploration over a homemade lunch in cozy outdoor surroundings before heading back to your resort.

Included In The Excursion

  • Round-trip, air-conditioned transportation for small groups of 19 people
  • English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fee to Ek-Balam archaeological site
  • Equipment for activities, hammocks, towels and lockers
  • Traditional homemade Mayan lunch

Practical Information

  • Wear comfortable clothing and footwear
  • Bring a dry set of clothes to change into, as well as swimsuit, hat and sunglasses
  • Bring money for pictures, tips and souvenirs (tipping is optional)
  • This tour is not suitable for people with severe physical or motor handicaps or serious heart problems
  • Pick-up and drop-off times will vary according to resort location

Good To Know

Tour Language: English
Tour Location(s): Cancun / Riviera Maya
Season: All year long
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
Minumum Age Requirement: 6 years old
Hotel Pick-up Available: Yes
Good Physical Condition Required: No
Suitable For Children : Yes
Suitable For Elderly: Yes
Pregnant Woman Allowed: No