Ek Balam, the jewel of the Mayan World you have to visit

Ek Balam

One amazing archaeological zone you should visit if you come to Mexico is Ek Balam! With around 45 structures protected by three walls, this ancient city is located at the north of the state of Yucatan, there you will see how some of the buildings dedicated to mayan ceremonies are made, and a professional guide will explain you how locals performed and played the Mayan Ball Game.

Among the 45 structures, the Acropolis in the most important. This is because it is the largest building and the place where the tomb of Ukit Kan Lek Tok is located, who ruled Ek Balam during its maximum splendor. There is also one palace, some pyramids, ball game area and a nice arch.The richness of the materials and the development of the civilization that habited the area is manifested in the different murals painted in the vaults, which represent important moments in the city.

Different gods, mythical beings, humans and animals are the figures that were used in these compositions.In the acropolis there is a figure representing Ukit Kan Lek Tok sitting on his throne, leaning on the snout of the earth’s monster, implying the various malformations that he had on his face due to various infections suffered. The funeral remains were also accompanied by a rich and simple offering composed of more than seven thousand pieces of jade, pyrite, bone, shell, gold and pearls.Ek Balam is a recently excavated site, so some facilities are still not accessible to the entire public. However, the pyramid of the acropolis allows access to any visitor and you can enjoy a panoramic view from above, where you can see some of the other buildings lost in the jungle that surrounds your location.Close to Ek Balam is the cenote Xcanche, where you can refresh yourself in. You can find fresh water and many activities such as rappel or zip-lines.

If you prefer to relax, there are also hammocks and a restaurant with typical food of the area.At the archaeological zone of Ek Balam it is likely that when climbing one of the pyramids you will find yourself totally alone listening to the sounds of the jungle. It is a perfect place to spend a relaxed and peaceful day.

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  1. Journey said on February 18, 2019 Reply
    Great post!

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