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Excursion to Chichen Itza + Ek-Balam
Our Chichen Itza + Ek-Balam excursion is one of the best options if you are staying in the Riviera Maya such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Tulum, it is one of the most impressive combinations in the region.
Two of the most iconic archaeological sites in the Yucatán peninsula, first the most famous of all Chichen Itza, and then visit a beautiful and authentic archaeological site, it is also an excellent option if you want to climb the pyramids it is called, Ek-Balam
To complete a magical day full of incredible sensations, we have a visit to a beautiful cenote, and a buffet lunch, included in the price.
The ruins are a must-see, for anyone visiting the Riviera Maya, it is a place full of magic that will leave you speechless. You will go with many illusions, and the place will surprise you in every way, it will exceed any expectations you had.
HISTORY: Mayan city pure excellence and without equal, founded in the 9th century AD. and was abandoned for no reason in 1250 AD. When the Spanish arrived in Yucatán (1517), Chichen Itza had already been abandoned, it is a mystery why and where its inhabitants went. By then the famous calendar had already been created (more precise than ours) and the knowledge in astronomy, geometry and mathematics was incredible for that time (how they did it is still unknown). Chichén Itza was the only city that introduced the cult of the god Kukulcan (the feathered serpent). The main pyramid (pyramid of Kukulcán or El Castillo), is an architectural work full of mysteries, it is itself a calendar, its stairs and sides represent the number of days, weeks, months and years that we use today. A few meters from the pyramid is the sacred cenote, where they found many remains and jewels (it was used for religious ceremonies in honor of Chaac, god of rain).
Ek-Balam is a beautiful Mayan building, one of the few that can still be climbed and is not very crowded, take advantage now because it will not be like that forever.
Its temple is incredibly tall, and the fact that you can still climb to the top makes it an amazing place.
It is not very well known, and not visited much because it was discovered just a few years ago, you will love the fact of being able to climb all the buildings in the place, if you love heights and beautiful views this is a place for you. Even if you are not very fond of heights, you will love exploring this magical place, you may want to refrain from climbing the main pyramid (do it anyway, you won't regret it)
To get here you have to take a short walk of 15 minutes from the parking lot, it is a path full of trees and shade that make it very pleasant. When you arrive at the entrance of the site you can buy water and soft drinks, there are also bathrooms available.
Several buildings can be explored before reaching the main pyramid. Climbing the pyramid may seem very easy from the bottom, but don't be fooled, the steps are quite high and steep. Something very good about this pyramid is that it has a place where you can rest half way up. Once you reach the top the view will blow you away, you can see all the nearby buildings from above.
You will love visiting this wonderful place full of details, where you can still see the original colors on the walls that have not been bleached by the sun.
This place is a gem of archeology where we can find some of the best preserved stucco facades in Mesoamerica. The main pyramid is the tomb of who is believed to have been the king and founder Ukit Kan Le'k Tok 1200 years ago. The tomb was recently discovered, full of stucco details, it was also very carefully excavated at this site and stucco figures were found in almost perfect condition that were buried by the Mayans more than 1200 years ago.
Something really special about these ruins is that you can walk on them. This along with the fact that the tour will be guided by an expert, a certified guide, that will help immerse you in the history of the area. Some people consider it better than Chichen Itza because you can enjoy the pyramids without restrictions of any kind! It is totally worth it and you will have the most fun climbing the more than 100 steps to reach the top of the pyramid.
Ek Balam is hidden in the jungle with trees around it and you will feel that time has not passed. It should be noted that many people do not want it to become too popular as it is part of its beauty. It is a place that is overshadowed by the radiance of Chichen Itza, but believe me it is an equally interesting and iconic place and it is not well known yet. Hopefully it will have a restricted number of visitors to keep it in this condition for a long time to come.
If you decide to visit Ek Balam I recommend that you bring a hat because being on top of the buildings there will be nothing to cover you from the direct rays of the sun. You should bring comfortable shoes; I do NOT recommend water shoes or sandals. When going up or down the steps you should take your time, going diagonally, like in a zigzag, it helps a lot
This stop is part of our excursion and will be a break after walking through the archaeological sites. It will be very refreshing to swim in the cenote after being in the sun most of the day. The water is cool, but once you are in the water and swimming around it, it is wonderful. There are lockers to keep your items secure, there is a place to rinse off and change clothes if you wish. Be careful when walking up the stone steps to the cenote because the steps can be slippery. The cenote will be one of the highlights of the tour!
After visiting Chichen Itza and Ek-Balam we will take you to a nice place for lunch. If you normally don't enjoy a buffet, I must tell you that this one is very complete and varied. If your diet is limited (vegetarian) you will be pleasantly surprised by what this restaurant offers. They have a potato quiche dish that is so good that you will have to come back for more. Also, they have a full salad bar and a dessert bar as well. Traditional Mexican dancers will be a good compliment to your meal, as will the surroundings. This will be a good time to relax and recharge after the full day of visiting Chichen Itza + Ek-Balam.
Important: Drinks at the buffet are not included in the price of the tour
As you can see, we are your best option if you are considering taking our Chichen Itza + Ek-Balam package, as we offer one of the most complete excursions on the market at a very attractive price.
We are the direct providers of the tour, our room for maneuver is wider, it is however important to note that this tour does not depart daily, we usually only have one departure on Thursdays. However, for any questions please send us an email because it depends on how many reservations we have if we will go out on another day or not.
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Our price of the excursion to Chichen Itzá + Ek-Balam is very competitive compared to other providers of the same excursion.
Please remember that we do not offer this tour every day of the week, as it is not as popular as our classic excursions to Chichen Itzá, so it is important to send us an email to verify that the service exists on the particular day that you want to take the tour.
At this time this tour is not well known, therefore it is not in great demand it is a very interesting excursion, the price is higher than normal excursions to Chichen Itza, as the groups are smaller, the price is a bit more expensive.
- Child Price $105 USD
- Guarantee against bad weather
In 90% of cases, the meeting place will be in the lobby of your hotel, if there is no pickup at your hotel or condominium, we will designate a nearby and central location where we will meet.
We will try as hard as possible to pick you up at the lobby of your hotel, but sometimes there are hotels that are far from our normal routes or that do not have access from the road, and in very special cases there are hotels that in their eagerness to pressure their guests to contract the excursions with the lobby agencies prevent the passage of external operators to the lobby of these hotels.
Without a doubt, contact us and I am sure that together we will find a solution
- Pick-up time is based on the location of your hotel
- If we do not know the location of the hotel, we will designate the closest and most central place to pick you up (send an email or call us)
- If you have doubts about the location of your hotel, do not worry, tell us and we will advise you
We want to avoid any misunderstandings which is why we are so detailed in our explanations; in this section we try to explain in general terms what our excursion to Chichen Itzá + Ek-Balam includes.
Overall, everything elementary is included, however, it is important to emphasize that it never hurts to bring cash, for anything that you may want to purchase.
- Round-trip air conditioned transportation
- Certified guide
- Professional driver
- Entrance fees to Chichen Itza
- Entrance fees to Ek-Balam
- Free time in Chichen Itza & Ek-Balam (photos)
- Free time in the cenote (swimming)
- Lunch buffet (drinks not included)
- Early departures to take advantage of the entire day
Here we try to explain that, just as there are things included there will also be things that are not included, this is a list of what is not included based on our experience of years visiting the archaeological zone of Chichén Itza.
We have been doing this for years and we already know the fine points that we have to make clear before starting the excursion.
It is not intended to be a complete list of what is not included, the most important things that we have discovered based on trial and error and where misinterpretations can be made, so again this list is not complete since each person is different, but follow this simple rule. If it is not in the included tab, it is NOT included.
- Drinks at the buffet
- Life vests and lockers at the cenote
- At Chichen Itza if you bring a sophisticated camera or tripod there is an extra charge
- If it is not on the included list, it is NOT included
What to bring?
The heat in the Chichén Itzá area at certain times of the year is very intense, so coming prepared for it is always a good idea, bottled water, comfortable shoes, hats or caps are welcome at all times.
We cannot guess the requirements of each person in particular, if you have any questions please let us know and we will gladly advise you.
It is also important to remember that it is your responsibility to bring everything necessary for the proper functioning of your body. If you are under medical orders, or taking any medications, if you have any food allergies or have a very strict diet, it is your responsibility to bring your medications, or special food, we are not responsible for the variety of food that is on the menu for that specific day.
If you have any questions send us an email, we are here to serve you.
- Cell phone 100% charged
- Swimming suit and change of clothes
- Dress comfortable in light colored clothing
- Comfortable shoes (tennis shoes or sandals)
- Sunhats, caps, umbrellas (the bigger the better)
- Mosquito repellent
- Food or snacks for the ride
- Small blanket in case the van gets too cold
- Sleeping collar
- Book, or games for the ride
- Small backpack or bag for your things
- Patience and a good attitude
Forms of payment
We have almost all forms of payment available, the most common such as credit / debit cards are active at all times, but the most common way is to pay in cash on the day of the excursion. We save on bank commissions or percentages for administrative expenses however, it is your decision on how you want to pay. Please let us know how you are going to pay so that we are prepared for it.
- Bank deposits (At least 2 days in advance)
- Electronic transfers (At least 2 days in advance)
- Credit card payment (there is a 4-5% bank fee)
- PayPal (At least 2 days in advance)
There are two very important things that we have to make clear.
- We reserve the right to modify the order of the visit to the places included in the tour, this is always done in order to preserve the integrity of the excursion. For example, if there are crowds in Chichen Itzá we can do Ek-Balam first, so that way when we get to Chichen there are no longer so many people and it will be more pleasant for our guests. The order of the visit does not alter the result of the tour. We will visit for the same amount of time, only in a different order.
- We will try to comply with this itinerary, but sometimes things do not go as planned (flat tires, mechanical damage, demonstrations, accidents on the road, etc.), if necessary, we will make the necessary adjustments in times to fulfill what was promised, do not worry it is very unlikely that will happen.
Our advisers advised us not to put the itinerary of the excursion as it would be counterproductive, however, one of the guiding principles of our company is the truth.
We will never lie to you to make a sale; we have an ethic and we are professionals and passionate about our excursions. We will always be truthful, one thing is the duration of the excursion, it is a long excursion which will take the whole day. Don't let that intimidate you, time flies by when you’re having fun and remember that we will visit a new wonder of the modern world. How many times will you have the opportunity to do this on your vacation? Go ahead, you will not regret it.
Wait For Us In THE LOBBY OF YOUR HOTEL
In 90% of cases, we will pick you up from the lobby of your accommodation center, we have extensive experience and we will always do it in an agile way.
Rest Area Along The Way TO USE THE RESTROOMS
It may not be the case with yourself, but there are people who need to use the bathrooms more often than others, we want them to be comfortable at all times and that is why we have designed this stop that is basically to stretch the legs and use the restrooms.
Arriving At CHICHEN ITZA
The jewel in the crown of the Riviera Maya, we will be in Chichen Itza for approximately two hours, with a certified guide who is an expert in the Mayan civilization. They will be with you explaining the importance of the site.
You will also have free time to explore the area at your leisure, and to take photos.
Delicious Lunch Buffet INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Try the gastronomic delights of the region, Yucatan has one of the best cuisines in Mexico, we have a buffet lunch included in the price of the tour, however, drinks are not included and you have to pay in cash when you finish eating.
Beautiful Cenote WONDER OF NATURE
If you are in the Yucatan peninsula and do not visit a cenote, that is a big mistake. The cenotes in the vicinity of Chichen Itzá are among the best in the world.
It is impressive to think that the cenote was created naturally, an incredible whim of nature! It is nice to travel back in time and believe that we are at the entrance to the underworld.
Very refreshing after the walk through Chichen Itzá.
Black Jaguar, OR IN MAYA EK-BALAM
It is a wonderful archaeological zone, it is located in the middle of the jungle, it is one of the best-preserved areas that you will visit. You can still climb to the top of its most important temple, it is worth going up, the view is incredible. It is another corner of our beautiful Mexico to learn more about the Mayan culture.
Returning to your hotel IN THE RIVIERA MAYA
Wow, words cannot describe the accumulation of sensations experienced, in this part of the excursion, we will have a well-deserved rest to think about the magical day, places full of energy in the Yucatan peninsula.
Arriving at your hotel
The arrival time at your hotel is between 08:00 and 09:00 pm
The safety of our guests is one of our highest priorities, providing a safe visit is fundamental for us, so there are certain restrictions, or things that have to be taken into account when taking our Chichen Itzá + Ek-Balam excursion.
- To apply the payment on the day of the excursion it is only for groups of less than 4 people. If you make two reservations we cannot guarantee that you will go on the same transportation
- Should not have circulatory problems the drive from the Riviera Maya to Chichen is a 2 hour drive
- In Chichen Itza there are uneven gravel paths, so it is not recommended for wheelchairs
- You must know how to swim in order to enter the cenote (otherwise it is recommended that you wear a life jacket)
- Should be well physically and mentally
- Under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
- Have the ability to walk short distances
- It is strictly prohibited to climb the ruins in Chichen Itza
- The use of drones or tripods in the archeological zone is not permitted send us an email for more information
We have no penalty for cancellations, just let us know as soon as possible to avoid wasting time and money.
- No penalty with 24 hour notice
- 50% refund for cancellations with 12-hour notice
- 100% surcharge for no shows
"Although Ek Balam is more impressive in an entirely different way, anyone interested in Mayan ruins really needs to see Chichen Itza to get a sense of the scope of Mayan genius, power and influence. Seeing all of Chichén Itzá (that is, the part that’s been excavated and opened to tourists) requires a few hours with a good guide (there are no posted signs that do it justice.)"
"Wonder of the world! Recommend a visit combined with visit to Ek Balam"
"I do not regret our trip to Chichen Itza it was a long day. However, we actually preferred the ruins of Ek Balam over Chichen Itza. We would recommend combining both into the 1 day tour as we did. We visited Ek Balam later in the day and it was very quiet, and we loved being able to get so up close and personal to the ruins here, touching the stones and clambering over many of the ruins. You can also climb up the main steps of the temple here. The location was right in the jungle, creating a much better / more authentic / more enjoyable atmosphere than Chichen Itza."