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From Riviera Maya: Ek Balam and Cenote Maya Full-Day Tour

4.9 / 5

11 reviews

Activity provider: Alltournative

From Riviera Maya: Ek Balam and Cenote Maya Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: Alltournative

From US$ 149 per person

Take a tour of the archaeological site of Ek-Balam, a Mayan city older than Chichen Itza. Visit the Cenote Maya, and enjoy a swim in the large natural pool. Sample traditional Mayan foods at a buffet and add on some optional activities as well.

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Duration 10 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pickup is available at most hotels in Riviera Maya and a meeting point in Tulum.
Small group
Limited to 15 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the archeological site of Ek Balam, an impressive Mayan ceremonial center
  • Enjoy a swim in the Cenote Maya, a natural pool with beautiful rock formation
  • Visit a colorful handicraft market, where your purchases benefit local artisans
  • Sample traditional dishes at a Mayan buffet
Full description
Explore the archaeological site of Ek Balam, a top regional attraction that has been recently restored. You’ll also visit the mysterious Cenote Maya, a natural pool that features beautiful rock formations. Your full-day tour begins at the Cenote Maya Park, where you’ll descend into the region’s most impressive cenote by a large wooden staircase built using ancient Maya techniques. Experience a range of optional adventures at the park, such as swimming in the cenote, diving, rappelling, swinging on a Tarzan vine, and more. Visit a small, colorful handicraft market, where your purchases of locally made items benefit Maya artisans. See a Mayan ritual, and be part of an authentic blessing ceremony performed by a shaman. Enjoy a Mayan buffet of traditional dishes such as lime soup, chaya tamales, beans, vegetables, rice, chicken, handmade tortillas, fruits, and flavored water. Next on the itinerary is visit to the Ek Balam site. Dating from the 11th century, this is one of the most impressive ceremonial centers of the Yucatan peninsula. Admire the temples and plazas and unique high-relief sculptures.
Includes
  • Private transportation
  • Traditional lunch and beverages
  • Entrance fee to Ek-Balam
  • Bilingual archaeological guide
  • Equipment required for activities
  • Towel
  • Locker
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Photographs
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People over 264 lbs (120 kg)
  • People under 3 ft 9 in (120 cm)

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Credit card
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Cameras
  • Intoxication
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Open-toed shoes
  • Video recording
  • Audio recording

Know before you go

  • For safety reasons, hands should be kept free, the use of cameras and recording devices of any kind (including cell phones, or tablets) is not allowed, except for "action cam" (Go Pro) style, only if it is assembled on a chest or head mount during the excursion
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 11 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    3.5/5
  • Value for money
    4/5

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We were first in EkBalam - where we looked at the Maya temples and were also allowed to go up (which is no longer a matter of course) - great view from the top too. After that we went to the cenote, where we had a ritual with a kind of "shaman" and then we could either walk into the cenote or rappel down from above. In the cenote itself there was also a zipline - so all in all a unique experience that we can only recommend. Then there was a great lunch on site before we started our way back.

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January 10, 2023

The excursion was great. We stopped at the Maya Cenote. We first experienced a sacred ritual ceremony before continuing to the Maya Cenote, where we were able to repel into the water. It was a once in a life time experience. We then had a wonderful lunch before proceeding to the Ek Balam Ruins. The guide walked us through the entire experience explaining all of the sites and what life would have been like when it was a city. We had a amazing driver who answered all of our questions and made sure our vacation excursion memoriable. The only problem we had was we had a 2 hour pick up delay due to our driver having a flat tire. It was a Sunday morning and he had trouble getting it repaired. However he made up for the time throughout the day.

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April 5, 2022

Great cenote, manageable EK Balam, enough time and the tour guide can finally tell something interesting. In addition, in English that is understandable. Of our many trips to the Yucatan, it was the best in terms of quality. We were even picked up on time - not a matter of course in the Yucatan. The only negative thing was the price policy for the photos (US $ 50-65) and souvenirs. Those are really nice moon prices, beyond the pain threshold. But it's your own fault, then nothing is bought from the photos and "original Maya handicrafts".

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November 29, 2021

Product ID: 38931