Discovering the Yucatán peninsula: Ek Balam

I think one could spend a whole year traveling in Mexico and would not get bored. There are so many things to discover, so many places to see. Recently I have been to another Maya-archeological side on the Yukatan peninsula: Ek Balam. It’s only 51 km northeast of Chichen Itza. From the Preclassic until the Postclassic period, it was the seat of a Mayan kingdom.

Ek Balam had been rediscovered in the late 1800s but it was not until the 1980/1990s that further work had been done.

Today the stunning architecture and beautiful side can be visited in the middle of the Yucatec jungle.

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This little oasis can be reached after a 2km walk (or bike-ride). Swimming in the cenote was really refreshing after an exhausting walk around the archeological site.

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There’s also a small  restaurant that offers authentic Mayan plates (and “modern-world” refrescos like beer, Coke and water, too).

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– Catherine

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