Ek Balam & Valladolid

  • Destination: Yucatan, Mexico
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Tour Type: Private only (Pending availability)

Ek Balam and Valladolid is one of our private tours that ensures a special and memorial visit to the Yucatan. Ek Balam was constructed using a very different building method to that of other Surrounding Mayan cities. The architectural details is what we love about Ek Balam and want to share this experience with more intimate groups.

This Yucatan day includes a tour of the Ek Balam Ruins, a private Yucatecan lunch in a historical hacienda, and a tour of Valladolid, a important colonial city in the Yucatan that continues to win the hearts of visitors. We explore a local cenote, relax in the crystal clear waters of the Mayan underworld and deepen your understanding of the ancient and contemporary Yucatan culture.

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Tour Itinerary

• Guided tour of ruins of Ek Balam
• Swimming stop – Cenote Dzitnup
• Lunch of Yucatecan delicacies in a historic hacienda
• Sightseeing/shopping in the colonial city of Valladolid 

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 archaeological site, water and soft drinks throughout the day, snack 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 $380 6 – 8 $140
2 $225 9 – 11 $120
3 $185 12 – 14 $115
4 $170 15 – 17 $110
5 $155 18 + $105

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Ek Balam Ruins – very different Mayan architecture

The Ek Balam and Valladolid excursion provides insight into a very different style of Mayan architecture unique to 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, which are 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.

Your day with the Maya and YucaTreks

Like all of our tours, we get an early start to the day to escape large crowds at popular ruin sites. Once we arrive at Ek Balam we are joined by a local guide who describes in detail the significance, history and unique features of this city. Bring your camera to capture the architectural details found in Ek Balam. We always provide enought time at the archaeological site to truly enjoy it – no rush.

Swim it off at Cenote Dzitnup

For the experienced cenote traveler, Cenote Dzitnup will have you yet again mesmorized by these natural wonders. If cenotes are new for you, get ready to experience these incredible limestone sinkholes that are more than just a swimming hole. We will hang out at Centoe Dzitnup so you can take all of this in. Cenotes are natural sinkholes that co-exist with the jungle and tropical fauna. This ecosystem is the only source of fresh water in the Yucatan and are the entranceways to miles of caverns and caves that define the Yucatan. Take time to explore both in the water and on land to see how the cenote and jungle interact and rely on each other for life.

Deepen your understanding of the Yucatan

After a morning of walking within the walls of Ek Balam, 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 agriculture and business in the Yucatan. They have been compared to Plantations and working farms to the north and built the wealth of the Yucatan. The hacienda staff prepare original recipes for this lunch, giving us a true foodie experience in a historical setting. Only local ingredients are used and the flavors are out of this world.

Exploring the colonial city of Valladolid

Our next and final stop is in the main square in the colonial city of Valladolid, an up and coming artist city that has a long history in the Yucatan state. With so much to see and experience, we provide all of our guests with free time to explore and shop. Local family merchants have hand-made crafts and art typical to Mexico and the region. You will be hard pressed to find some of these items in the Riviera Maya so take a peek. The main square is the location of the oldest church in the area and the Spanish colonial style found throughout the zocalo very different from beach towns.