Ek Balam is one of many archaeological sites from the Maya civilization, located in the state of Yucatan, close to Merida city. The name means Black Jaguar or Star Jaguar in the local Maya language. The total area of Ek Balam is approximately 12 Km2, but the visiting area is only 1.25 Km2. It has 45 structures surrounded by two concentric stone walls, and is a popular archeological destination for those doing cultural tourism in Mexico.
Ek Balam is characterized for very unique stucco sculptures that today are protected by modern thatched roofs. This archaeological site started to decline throughout history while Chichen Itza became more powerful, so the Maya themselves decided to bury the Acropolis in order to preserve the stucco sculptures and many other hieroglyphic inscriptions.
Over the last decade Ek Balam has became more popular, receiving thousands of tourists who travel to Mexico to discover the thrilling Mayan history. Due to its small size, an hour and a half will be enough to have a complete tour of Ek Balam, and you can easily combine the visit of Ek Balam with other tourist attractions in Yucatan such as Tulum, Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Chicen Itza.
If you are lucky to come here don’t forget to bring water, sunscreen and a hat, because it is always hot and humid.
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