Ek Balam Mayan Ruins is one of Latter archaeological sites discovered in the Yucatan Peninsula and is perhaps one of the most important Mayan ruins ever found.

Ek Balam (The black Jaguar or Tiger Star) is located north of the colonial city of Valladolid, halfway between Merida and Cancun. Take the road to reach Cancun, Merida, Valladolid exit and head north towards the city of Tizimin. From Cancun or Merida, the trip takes more than two hours.

Ek Balam is composed of several temples, two palaces and a huge pyramid in the center of the city.

Ek Balam occupied since the late formative period, before the fourth century to the colonial period and there are historical sources that claim, which was an important center for the region during the Postclassic.

A court sacbe (White Road) bordered by trees, you come to one of the few hits that open on both walls that surround this ancient Mayan city, leading to a large square flanked by large domed building and a set of ball.

The main buildings are located so far the largest is the Acropolis, measures 146 meters long, 54mts, wide and 30 meters high. It is believed that the tomb of the governor of the city around 800 AD, is called UKIL-KAN-LEK-TOK.

Your input an entry mouth shaped according to the ancient monster that is the entrance to another world.

From the top of the main pyramid can see the ruins of Coba, 48 km, there are several connecting Sac Be Ek Balam to Chichen Itza, Coba and other archaeological sites.


Mayan Temples and Buildings in Ek Balam

Cuarto 29 y Escultura de Piedra, Ek Balam, Ruinas Mayas

Room 29 and Stone Sculpture

This section has been enabled and opened to admire the stone and stucco panels on the facade of Room 29.

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Estructura 10, Ek Balam, Ruinas Mayas

Structure 10

This building forms the eastern side of the South Plaza and despite being the largest of it, it is small next to structures 1, 2 and 3 of the central plaza.

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Estructura 17, Ek Balam, Ruinas Mayas

Structure 17

Structure 17, which we name Las Gemelas, is located to the west of the South Plaza and is the one with the best preserved architectural features.

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Murallas, Ek Balam, Ruinas Mayas


Each of the 3 walls is 3 meters wide and must have been 1.5 meters high. Its walls originally covered with stucco and painted.

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Sak Be 2

Sak Bé No. 2 is one of the two pre-Hispanic roads that give access to the site from the south side; the other is Sak Bé No. 1.

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Structure 12

It is a very peculiar construction of a very long and narrow shape. This is why together with structure 11 it has been called the "Third Wall".

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Museum of Mayan Art and Culture in Ek Balam

Mayan Art and Culture Museum

Learn about Mayan traditions, art and culture in this small museum located next to the parking lot of the Ek Balam archaeological zone, being guided by Mayan natives of the region...

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