Ek Balam – Valladolid

Restoration in Ek Balm started at the end of 1996 when INAH started with the project of restoring the Acropolis one of the biggest buildings found in the Peninsula.


Ek Balam – Valladolid

We drive south, parallel to the Caribbean coast, to Tulum. As from Tulum we go land inwards direction Valladolid. We will pass a number of Maya villages where the population lives of agriculture.

Valladolid is the biggest city in the east of the Yucatan State. It was the third colonial city founded in 1543 on the peninsula by the Spaniards. It’s a small colonial city which has nowadays an important regional function for the east part of the Yucatan State We will visit the market and one of the oldest convents on the Peninsula. The San Bernardino Convent was founded in 1553 by Franciscan friars. During our visit we will al well visit the San Servacio Cathedral build for the first time in the 16th century. The first cathedral build on this spot was demolished after the church was desecrated at the end of the 17th century. The present building is from the beginning of the 18th century. We will visit the San Roque Museum which has some artifacts from Ek Balam but tells us as well about the period just before the start of the War of the Cast, a Mayan revolution started in the 19th century.  Valladolid was build on the remains of a former Mayan city. The only thing what remains from this city is the name Zaci, which is now the name of the famous Cenote in the centre of the city.

After the lunch we go to the small archaeological site of Ek Balam.  Restoration in Ek Balm started at the end of 1996 when INAH started with the project of restoring the Acropolis one of the biggest buildings found in the Peninsula.  It was during this restoration that archaeologist found the beautiful decorations and a burial chamber in one of the covered buildings. The fact that these older buildings were covered with newer constructions is the reason that the now visible decorations, have been so perfectly conserved. Ek Balam, Black Jaguar in Mayan Language, was in the classic and post classic period an important Mayan city which got their power from the production and commerce of salt, produced along the north shore of the Peninsula. In Ek Balam we will see the remains of the walls surrounding the city, the arch, a ball court and of course the famous acropolis.

After the visit of Ek Balam we return to the Caribbean coast and will drop you off at your hotel

  • Transport throughout the day from hotel to hotel

  • Official Bilingual speaking guide during the whole day

  • Entrance fees Ek Balam and San Roque Museum

  • Lunch in Valladolid

  • Guided visit in Ek Balam and Valladolid

  • Local taxes and VAT

  • Insurance

  • Tips guide(s) and driver

  • Permits to use video camera in Ek Balam (45 pesos)

  • Drinks during lunch

  • Other meals and drinks than mentioned

  • Private expenses

  • Swimming gear, easy walking shoes, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and cap. In the rainy season, an umbrella or a rain poncho could be handy.

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