On this day we will visit two archaeological zones – one of them is the very famous and popular Chichen Itza. The
second one was opened just a few years ago for tourists and located in the town of Ek Balam. Both archaeological
zones are located in the state of Yucatan, an hour drive from each other. Despite the proximity these cities are
completely different from each other. In Chichen Itza, the influence of Toltec culture, brought to the city by
conquerors from Central Mexico, is very noticeable. The city of Ek Balam was built in an authentic Mayan style. In
Chichen Itza we will visit the buildings situated on a large territory – Pyramid of Kukulkan, Warrior Temple,
Observatory, Field for Ball Game. We will see a great number of preserved stone bas-reliefs with very detailed and
accurate images of people, animals and mythical creatures, as well as a large platform, all over the perimeter
covered with realistic images of human skulls.
After visiting Chichen Itza, we will stop by in the colonial city of Valladolid. We will walk around the city center to
see the central square and one of the oldest cathedrals in Mexico.
In the afternoon, we will visit the hidden city of Ek Balam in the jungle. From the whole town only the central part,
located inside the fortress wall, has been restored. One of the most significant buildings is the Acropolis, where once
were living the members of the ruling family, and also was found the rich burial of one of the most influential rulers
of the city. Entrance to the burial was guarded by a huge gypsum mask in the form of an open mouth of a jaguar.
This mask has remained in its original form to our days, and now you can see it, rising up the steps of the Acropolis.
From the top of the Acropolis you can observe a unique view of the city and the surrounding jungle.
Transfer from Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya Hotels
Professional multilingual guide
Entrance Fees to Archaeological sites
Beverages and alcoholic drinks at the restaurant
Use of non-professional video devices in the archaeological site (MXN $45)
Personal expenses, tips and souvenirs