Ek Balam and Cenote Maya

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Ek Balam and Cenote Maya

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For those looking for a cultural experience with a little bit of adventure this is the tour! The archaeological site of Ek Balam “Bright Star Jaguar” is one of the more recently discovered and excavated sites that provides an opportunity to explore the city that had its glory before Chichen Itza. Unlike the site of Chichen Itza, at Ek Balam you can climb the ancient structures. Once at the Cenote Maya you can get your adrenaline pumping by rappelling into the underground natural pool, swinging from the Tarzan vine or a number of other activities. Finally, take part in an authentic Mayan blessing ceremony.

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  • 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Pick-up at different hotels in Cancun or Riviera Maya.
  • 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. Arrive at Ek-Balam, or Cenote Maya Park (logistics vary daily). 
  • Cenote Maya (3 hours): Optional activities to experience at Cenote Maya Park.
  • Descend into the region’s most impressive cenote through an entrance of 80m in diameter. Enjoy its beautiful rock formations and swim in this large natural pool. Ascend from the underworld through a tunnel to reach the park’s gardens.

  • Optional adventure activities: Swimming in the cenote, rappelling, diving, Trepachanga, and Tarzan vine. (120kg/ 264lbs maximum weight for these 3 last activities)
  • Handcraft Market: Visit a small, colorful market where you can find local handcrafts that benefit Maya artisans of the area.
  • Maya ritual: Take part in an authentic Mayan blessing ceremony that a Maya Shaman will perform for you.
  • Maya Buffet: The buffet will include regional dishes such as lime soup, chaya, tamales, beans, vegetables, rice, chicken, hand -made tortillas, fruits and flavored water.
  • Ek-Balam (1:30 hours): visit Ek-Balam, an XI Century city that is one of the most impressive ceremonial centers of the Yucatan peninsula. You will witness the incredible decoration of temples and plazas while admiring the unique sculptures that have surprised archaeologists. These sculptures support the recently restored jaguar mouth sculpture in the front of the main temple. Imagine the rituals that took place in the ball game (Pok Ta Pok) and walk through the false arch, one of the architectural icons of the Maya culture.
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. arrive at hotels in the Riviera Maya and Cancun.
  • DAYS OF OPERATION:Monday through Friday

    TIMES OF OPERATION: 7:00 am to 6:30 pm depending on the location of your hotel.

    TIME OF PICK-UP: The time will be indicated on your voucher when you reserve.

    DURATION OF TOUR: Approximately 11 hours

    Inclusions, Exclusions, Required, Suggestions

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    Round trip transportation, traditional food and beverages, entrance to Ek-Balam, bilingual archaeological guide, equipment required for activities, hammocks, towels and lockers, small tours of up to 22 people.

    Tips for the guides, alcoholic drinks, souvenirs or photographs.

    This expedition is not suitable for children under 6 years old. People under the influence of drugs or alcohol won’t be allowed to participate in this expedition. Pregnant women should not participate in activities such as the rappel or Tarzan vine. To adhere to safety standards, your hands must be free for all the activities all the time; therefore only cameras that attach to your head or chest are allowed.

    Comfortable shoes, bathing suit, shirt and extra cash or credit card for souvenirs and photos.

  • Prices Plus Tour

    ( 5 to 11 )
    Children under 5 are free

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    Children under 5 are free
    All hotel locations $139usd $109usd

    Minimum age is 6.
    Pick-up for those staying on Cozumel is at the Paseo del Carmen in Playa del Carmen. Instructions and a map will be included with your voucher when you reserve.