Ek Balam is located just north of Valladolid and well worth the two-hour trip from Akumal to visit. At Ek Balam, restoration has been ongoing since 1997. The Acropolis is the largest restored building, measuring 480 feet across, 180 feet wide and 96 feet tall. This palace has six levels where the governors and higher echelons of the cities' population lived.
Archaeologists believe that Ek Balam was constructed over time under the authority of successive leaders. You can still climb the Acropolis. From the top, you can enjoy an unforgettable view of other structures at Ek Balam, as well as two large hills which are unrestored buildings. We also love that Ek Balam is still relatively unknown and uncrowded. At the entrance to the Acropolis pyramid, there is a monster-like figure that is said to be guarding the entrance to the underworld. Under the thatched roofs that protect the facade, other statues and carvings of kings, animals and various figures are integrated into a complex and beautiful design.
Open every day from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, entrance guides are available. Admission $4.00 or 70 pesos per person.