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Old 11-24-2006   #1 (permalink)
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Ek Balam

Hey all. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it ) So, about how far is Ek Balam from playa? I am looking at the tour here through playa.info, comparing the chichen itza and Ek Balam tours, and just wonder how far Ek Balam is.

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Almost as far as Chichen Itza, actually. I'd say it's a good 3 + hours from Playa, if I'm remembering correctly.

EDIT: FWIW, I enjoyed these ruins nearly as much as CI, particularly because they are so off the beaten path and we were nearly the only ones there. Plus... the preserved details are amazing!

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Sorry, Jennifer, if I answer without being any realy help. The Ek Balam tour is a tour I still have to do. It was on my list for the last vacation but then I never got around to actually book it. Did the Speedboat tour instead. Ek Balam shouldn't be THAT far away - less than Chichen Itza I think. I could only guess so I just leave the question more or less unanswered... still, it sounds like a great and a little bit unusual tour and this would be all the more reason for me to go for it.

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It does sound like a very nice, different tour. I have been to Chichen Itza but the rest in my group have not but I would still maybe like to try something new and I believe that you can climb a pyramid at Ek Balam??? Plus a cenote is included in the tour which is one of the things I want to do while there too.

Any one else know for sure about climing the ruins there??
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It does sound like a very nice, different tour. I have been to Chichen Itza but the rest in my group have not but I would still maybe like to try something new and I believe that you can climb a pyramid at Ek Balam??? Plus a cenote is included in the tour which is one of the things I want to do while there too.

Any one else know for sure about climing the ruins there??
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Yes, you can climb all the way to the top and it IS high! Bring lots of water with you.
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Jennifer,

We're booked to take the Ek Balam tour next Wednesday , NOV 29th. I'll try to post a report with photos on Thursday.
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Hello Trekker

I would love to hear your report / photos of the tour. I will look forward to your post!

THanks!
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See my trip report from 2005. We were the first group to go to Ek Balam an a Playa.Info tour. Also, Thor Henning went with our group. He has some excellent pictures. It is a *must do* trip. In fact, I think this is one trip I could take my 12 yr old on. It is so interesting and more personal than some of the other sites you see.
Yes, the pyramid is high! I couldn't make it to the complete top and stoped at the part where the frescas are. Too high for me and I'm afraid of heights! You will love it!
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Yes we went to the Ek Balam ruins with Play.Info the summer of 2005. You may read about it and see pictures in my trip report here.
Ek Balam is a bit down the page.

There are some information about our planning to go to Ek Balam in the beginning of the thread.

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Ek Balam is great. I have visited this site twice...it is well worth the time to get there. Valladolid, a little town which is nearby, is a nice place to stop, have a meal, and do some shopping.
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I also like the fact that you get to see a cenote on the trip. That is something that I really want my travel companions to see!! I will check out the trip reports and photos. Thanks for the replies!!
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We rented a car and drove from Playa to Ek Balam last year. I agree with some of the other posts that part of Ek Balams attraction is that it is not overrun with tourists, it feels a little more undiscovered. We enjoyed the drive out and a stop in Valladolid as much as the ruins!
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