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January is the best month of the year to visit the Ek Balam archaeological site

by Yucatan Times
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Ek Balam, an ancient Maya archaeological site, is a hidden treasure in the heart of the Yucatan peninsula. Ek Balam translates to “black jaguar” or “dark jaguar” in Ancient Maya¹, a nod to the revered creature in Mayan mythology.

Located just 28km north of Valladolid, 175.1 km east of Merida, and 171km west of Cancun, Ek Balam is easily accessible for travelers. Despite its proximity to popular tourist destinations like Chíchén Itzá, Ek Balam remains one of the least-known Mayan archaeological sites, offering a unique experience away from the crowds.

The city thrived between 770 and 840 AD, serving as a major political hub for the region. After being abandoned, it was reclaimed by the jungle and remained undiscovered until the 1980s. Today, only the center of the site has been excavated, leaving much of the ancient city still buried under layers of jungle growth. This leaves a sense of mystery and anticipation for what other treasures might be unearthed in the future.

Visitors to Ek Balam are greeted by sun-bleached remnants of deep defensive walls that have protected its temples and shrines for millennia. The site has some of the most impressive ancient Maya architectural creations. Information plaques around the site make it easy to understand the historical significance of the structures, even without a local guide.

Ek Balam Archaeological Site (Google)

One of the highlights of Ek Balam is the opportunity to climb its pyramids². From the highest point of the ruins, you’ll get a stunning view of the Yucatan Peninsula from above the treetops². This bird’s eye view is a testament to the grandeur and sophistication of the ancient Maya civilization.

In conclusion, a visit to Ek Balam offers a unique opportunity to step back in time and explore the rich history and culture of the ancient Maya civilization. Its relative obscurity compared to other Mayan sites ensures a tranquil and authentic experience for all who venture there.

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