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Ek Balam Archaeological Site

Ek Balam

Ek Balam or "Black Jaguar" in Mayan language is a Yucatec- Maya city located just 30 km north of Valladolid in Mexico.



Location: 51 km (32 mi) North- East of Chichen Itza  Map

Open: 8am- 5pm

Entrance Fee: USD $4





Description of Ek Balam Archaeological Site

Ek Balam achieved power and importance during Late Classical period between 600 and 900 AD when large pyramids and ceremonial structures were build here. Fertile farmlands that fed the citizens of the city went into decline with worsening climate. At the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century only a small fraction of the original population still lived here.

Acropolis or El Torre (Ek Balam Archaeological Site)


The Acropolis is the largest structure at Ek' Balam and contains the tomb of Ukit Kan Le'k Tok'. It measures 146 meters across, 55 meters wide and 29 meters tall.


The Oval Palace (Ek Balam Archaeological Site)


Entrance Arch (Ek Balam Archaeological Site)


Ball Court (Ek Balam Archaeological Site)


The "Twin Pyramids" (Ek Balam Archaeological Site)



Ek Balam

Stella which depicts a ruler of Ek Balam, probably Ukit Jol Ahkul.

The two unexcavated structures (Structure 2 and Structure 3) which are located to the East and West of the Acropolis and are the 2nd and 3rd largest at the site.


Ek Balam









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