Chichen Itza – Ek Balam Combo

  • Destination: Yucatan, Mexico
  • Tour Type: Private only (Pending availability)

If you want to deepen your understanding and knowledge of Mayan architecture, this is the tour for you. If you time is short in the Riviera Maya and want to see as much as you can, this is also the tour for you. We created this private Yucatreks tour for enthusiasts, like us, who love to compare and contrast different historical sites. Chichen Itza and Ek Balam are on opposite architectural scales so it was a natural choice to include both of these ruins inbetween a walk through the city of Valladolid and lunch at a historic Hacienda. Ek Balam is a personal favorite ruin, so in the spirit of Yucatreks, where we treat all of our guests like personal friends, this new private tour is a great addition to our line-up.

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Tour Itinerary

• Guided tour of ruins of Chichen Itza (2.5 hrs)
• Sightseeing/shopping in the colonial city Valladolid
• Lunch at a picturesque hacienda
• Guided tour of ruins of Ek Balam (1.5 hrs)

Tour Price
Price varies depending on group size.
Check private tour rates table below.
What's Included
Deluxe air-conditioned transportation, professional bilingual guide, entrance fees to ruins and cenote, guided tour of both archaeological sites, water and soft drinks throughout the day, snacks and lunch,.
Group Size
We lease 12 passenger Toyota touring vans, 16 passenger Mercedes super-vans, or 24 passenger mini-buses, so group size is not a problem! We can do bus tours, but remember we are the tour company for people who don’t do bus tours, some of the locations we visit are not accessible by bus.
Tour Pick Up
Private tours are door to door pickup/ drop off. Pick up is included at most hotels between Tulum and Playa del Carmen. If you’re staying outside of our pickup area, i.e. Puerto Morelos to Cancun, additional transportation charges will apply. You will receive detailed pickup information along with your tour confirmation upon booking.
How do I book?
Refer to Private Tour Rate Table below for tour prices. Click on “Book Private Tour” button and fill out booking form including your preferred and back up tour dates. After contacting you on availability of your chosen tour date, we will send you a PayPal payment link to make a deposit payment to secure your tour/date. To get your preferred date, please try to book far enough in advance!
Shared Tour?
If you have a smaller group size, are on a budget and don’t really need the private tour option, and like to meet new people, check out our shared tours. Our shared tour lineup does not include the same tour itineraries as our private tour lineup, but does include the areas must see attractions!


Private Tours Rates

Group Size Price / Person Group Size Price / Person
1 $400 6 – 8 $150
2 $245 9 – 11 $135
3 $195 12 – 14 $125
4 $180 15 – 17 $120
5 $165 18 + $115

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Compare Mayan architectural styles

The Chichen Itza – Ek Balam Combo is a private YucaTreks excursion that provides guests with a compare and contrast opportunity of two very different Mayan architectural styles. This opportunity was created by our team to show how the Mayan evolved and changed their building styles throughout the Yucatan. Chichen Itza predominantly has carved stone buildings, a typical style found in most ruin sites. Ek Balam is a personal favorite due to its decorated buildings.

First stop – Chichen Itza the ancient Maya wonder

Named a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, Chichen Itza was also declared one of the new 7 Ancient Wonders of the World in 2007. Once you see this archaeological site for yourself you’ll understand why it is the most visited Mayan Ruin in the area! This vast Mayan city was constructed in phases providing the most diverse examples of carved Mayan architectural styles in one location. Chichen Itza was one of the Mayan World’s most important cities with an array of monumental buildings that carry a long spiritual, religious and political history. The most famous is the Pyramid of Kulkulcan, with the Temple of 1000 columns and the largest ritual ball court in the Mayan World following in the Mayan tradition of influential buildings.

We start the day early to avoid the midday heat and beat the tour bus crowds that descend upon this Mayan Ruin site. Chichen Itza has plenty to see and we want to make sure that you experience this fantastic site and all it’s splendor fully. Our goal is to create a different tour experience, an intimate excursion with friends that is fun, relaxing and educational.

Now for something completely different – Valladolid

Our next stop is in the colonial town of Valladolid where you have free time to stroll around the quaint town square and pop into local shops. This historical city has the oldest church in the Yucatan, colonial Spanish architecture, family-run shops and wonderful crafts by local artisans. Take a few pictures, perhaps do a little shopping, a perfect conclusion to your Yucatan day. Setting foot from an ancient Mayan city into the heart of a Spanish colonial city gives you an inside look into the history of the Yucatan. The contrast is amazing.

Compare and contrast local flavors

After a morning of walking within the walls of Chichen Itza, we further our understanding and appreciation for the Yucatan with a Yucatecan lunch served at a historic hacienda. In the early 1900s, Haciendas were the focal point of agrigriculture and business in the Yucatan. They have been compared to Plantations and working farms that built the wealth of the Yucatan. The hacienda staff prepare original recipes for this lunch, giving us a try foodie experience in a historical setting. Only local ingredients are used and the flavors are out of this world. Mexican dishes are served alongside Yucatecan dishes, highlighting cooking styles, and recipes.

Observe the unique architecture at Ek Balam Ruins

This archaeological site provides insight into a very different style of Mayan architecture unique to Ek Balam. You have the earlier experience of typical Mayan carved buildings at Chichen Itza. You now have the unique ability to compare and contrast the techniques used on the buildings of Ek Balam. The construction and decoration of Ek Balam’s buildings was completed with stucco and limestone mortar, not the stone carvings found at Chichen Itza, Coba or the Tulum Ruins. In additon to the highly decorated and detailed structures, Ek Balam has unique features within its city limits. Sacbes, man-made roads, lead into the center of the city that is protected by an unusual wall. The Mayas took the four cardinal points into great consdieration when building their city giving Ek Balam a deeper spiritual significance.