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Pyramids Ek Balam (Yucatán)

Would you believe you can see angels on Mayan ruins? Then you have to visit Ek Balam („black jaguar“). Climbing the steep and long stair that leads to the top of the main pyramid, you will see a beautiful stucco work on your left. Looking closer, it is actually an open mouth of some monster, a deep tunnel decorated by huge teeth that leads to the underworld and that has been guarded for centuries by mysterious creatures with wings. Creatures that could be, quite rightfully called “Mayan Angels”…

However there is much more to see on Ek Balam: a ball court, “sacbé” roads, city entrance, structures with tunnels and small dark rooms, bats and iguanas and the main pyramid with a magnificent view. Tourists here are not few, but neither many…

What here: Climb the main pyramid for the view but beware that the steps are steep and many! You are not allowed to enter through the monster´s mouth, but you can admire it (and the angels) from close. At the entrance you will find few souvenir shops, pretty jungle and a nearby cenote. Ek Balam makes a perfect one day trip together with a visit of the colonial Valladolid town or a natural reservation Río Lagartos.
How to get here: Ek Balam is about 1,5 hours drive from a much better known Mayan archaeological site Chichén Itzá and just about 20 minutes drive north from a pretty colonial town Valladolid. You must drive your own car, rent a cab or take a trip with some local travel agency.