Afternoon at Ek’ Balam

Image of Pokey at Ek' Balam

Ruins … check! Yesterday we visited the Mayan ruins of Ek’ Balam. Just like the guidebooks said, we practically had the place to ourselves.

We met up with our friends Chad and Megan here in Valladolid a few days ago. To get to Ek’ Balam, the three of us negotiated a round- trip cab fair of 300 pesos. This included 2 hours at the ruins, while the cab driver waited in the parking lot. The drive was about 30 minutes and went through a cute town that smelled like a campfire. Women were weaving on a porch.

At Ek’ Balam, we walked down a short path and were confronted by an extensive Mayan city and grand pyramid. Unlike a lot of other sites, we were allowed to climb the pyramid and go inside some of the buildings. Several of the structures were still just big rock piles and I had to imagine the buildings underneath.

Exiting Ek’ Balam we paid 20 pesos each for fresh green coconuts and sucked them dry. For another 5, the vendor chopped them open and scooped out the meat for us.

– Rachel

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