Thanks to our Cancun hotel concierge, who was helping us arrange for a driver to go into Yucatan’s Valladolid, we ended up also working in a side trip to Ek Balam for the day. The Mayan ruins of Ek Balam were on my list of places I wanted to see, but we didn’t really know the proximity to Valladolid, and this was handily worked out with our driver. We took the toll road to Ek Balam, and rounded out the day with time for a late lunch and visit in Valladolid. Perfect!
I had heard that Ek Balam was small, and not many tourists made the effort to go there, and this is what I wanted after our visit to Tulum that was so very crowded.
There were a few other people here, I think maybe seven or eight at most! This is exactly the way to really enjoy seeing something like this of such significant history.
Ek Balam, meaning Black Jaguar in Mayan, was at the height of its importance between 600-900 AD. It seemed to have quickly been deserted, and we were told by a guide, that it may have been because of drought, or it could be also because of invaders in the area.
Another wonderful thing about these ruins is that to date, one can walk around and climb most of the ruins, they have not as yet been roped off as at Tulum.
I will put the rest of the photos I’ve selected for this post into a gallery. Click on any photo to open up the gallery of photos.
Again, as at Tulum, there was such a feeling of spirit here, of those who once walked these grounds. To be able to go into the structures, and to touch the stones once touched by the Maya was quite a feeling for me.
During the week, I will post some photos of the few vendors that were at Ek Balam.