Visit Ek Balam before the mainstream of visitors get to the ruins and enjoy the peace and solitude while your guide explains everything about probably one of the most beautiful Mayan ruin cities, though few buildings have been excavated is definitely worth a visit, if only for the well-preserved Frescos at the excavation site. Next, you will visit Chichen Itza, afterwards, you go swimming in the beautiful underground cenote Ik Kil before you’ll have a typical Yucatek lunch.
What will you see?
Ek Balam (Mayan for "black jaguar").
The earliest traces of settlement date back to the period between about 100 and 300 AD. Ek Balam’s heyday was between 700 and 1000 AD. A double ring of walls over 1.25 square km big surrounds the enclosed center of Ek Balam. The settlement outside the walls covers an area of almost 12 km ². Ek Balam is dominated by the building, today usually called Acropolis, whose old name in inscriptions is specified as Sac Xoc Naj (White House of Learning). It is undoubtedly the largest surviving building of the Mayan culture in the north of the Yucatán Peninsula. The building occupies a rectangular area of 160 m length and 70 m width. The highest component projects today 31 m above the ground, but was originally about 6 m higher. The fourth level of the building is dominated by a huge snake mouth entrance in stucco relief that let the standing stone slabs figures, outstanding of the façade, look fully three-dimensional.
Chichen Itza (in the mouth of the Itza spring)
Chichen Itza is located about 400 km west of Cancun and is probably the most famous Mayan ruin city in the Yucatan. Chichen Itza, founded around 400 A.D, had its heyday from 800 to 1200 AD and was the center of political, religious and military power in the Yucatan. In its architecture is a gradual change of the architectural style, starting with the one in the Puuc style in Uxmal ruins and other cities in Yucatan and reached its peak with the Maya - Toltec style, recognizable by their similarity to the style in Tula, the ancient capital of the Toltecs, Oaxaca and other Toltec ruins cities along the Gulf Coast. Chichen Itza was a very large Mayan city with many inhabitants, who lived scattered around the religious zone that we now know as the ruins. Despite the large population there was plenty of drinking water by many leading water caves and cenotes in the region. On a tour of the city you will learn about the history of the Maya and Chichen Itza.
Cenote Ik Kil
Ik Kil is one of the most beautiful Cenotes in Yucatan, even Red Bull is coming here every other year for their cliff diving contests. At the Cenote you can go swimming to refresh yourself after visiting the ruins before you'll have lunch.
Restaurant Ik Kil
Enjoy a delicious lunch Maya style in a beautiful restaurant with an amazing view over the Cenote. At the buffet you can choose from the salad bar, fish and other typical Mexican dishes.
What is included?
- entrance fees
- expert guides
What is not included?
- drinks with lunch
What to bring?
- shoes or closed sandals
- sun lotion
- bug spray
- pocket money
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