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Activities at Cenote Maya Natural Pool and Ek Balam Mayan Ruins

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Key Highlights
  • Visit Ek Balam – one of the less well-known but fascinating Mayan sites
  • Swim in the huge natural pool at Cenote Maya
  • Have a traditional Mayan buffet lunch
  • Hotel pick up and drop off and round trip transportation make this a hassle-free tour
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Monday, Wednesday and Friday


    Approximately 11 hours

    Start time

    Hotel pick-ups start at 6:30am
    Duration: Approximately 11 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya.
    (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 72 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details).

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview See man-made and natural wonders on this adventurous day-trip from Cancun.

    Make sure you bring your swimwear as you will also get the opportunity to swim in Cenote Maya’s natural pool which is a massive 80m in diameter. Witness amazing craft skills when you visit a traditional Mayan community and meet the artisans that work there.

    While visiting the Mayan village, you will be treated to a traditional buffet lunch with a selection of delicious food. For the more adventurous, there is also the opportunity for activities such as rappel, tarzan vines and trepachanga.

    Last stop on the tour is the magnificent Mayan site of Ek Balam. Pre-dating Chichen Itza this superb complex is one of the most impressive Mayan ceremonial centers.


    For your Cenote Maya & Ek Balam Tour – from Cancun you will be picked up at your Cancun hotel lobby and drive to the Cenote Maya with its beautiful rock formations. Swim and splash to your heart’s content in the 80m diameter natural pool.

    Ascend from the mysterious underworld to some delightful gardens then visit the renowned artisans of the region. Watch in admiration as they demonstrate their skills, using the same technologies and techniques as their ancient Mayan ancestors.

    It is then time for a traditional Maya buffet lunch with a selection of dishes such as lime soup, cheese and chaya tamales, beans, vegetables, rice, mole, chicken, hand -made tortillas, fruits, dessert, flavored water and coffee.

    After lunch you will have the chance to do some adventure activities such as: • Rappel (same as abseiling ie descending a vertical rock face or wall by sliding backwards down a belayed rope)

    Trepachanga (using balance and strength to traverse rope-joined platforms without falling off)

    Tarzan vine – swing through the air like Tarzan and Jane.

    Lastly, you will visit the Ek Balam, one of the Yucatan peninsula’s most impressive ceremonial centers. Ek Balam means "Bright Star Jaguar" in Maya language and this ancient city preceded the more famous Chichen Itza.

    Admire the incredible decoration of the temples and plazas particularly the jaguar mouth in front of the main temple. See the unique sculptures in high relief that have had scholars and archeologists twitching with excitement. Learn about the Mayan ball game Pok Ta Pok and take a photo at the false arch, one of the architectural icons of the Maya culture.

    After your visit to Ek Balam, return to Cancun where you will be dropped off at your hotel lobby.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Hotel pick up and transport by mini-bus
    • Entrance to Ek Balam,
    • Traditional Mayan lunch buffet (lime soup, cheese and chaya tamales, beans, vegetables, rice, chicken, hand-made tortillas) with soft drinks
    • Use of lockers and a towel at Cenote Maya
    • Tips
    • Souvenirs
    • Photos
    • Alcoholic drinks
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 72 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.

    From 9:00am - 6:00pm, from Monday to Friday.

    For weekend activities please make sure you call on Friday or Saturday before 1:00pm.

    This expedition is not suitable for people with physical handicap, heart, back or lung condition, claustrophobia, or people who weight over 264 pounds .Infants and children under 6 years old, pregnant women and people under the effects of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to participate in this expedition.

    Additional info

    Your booking confirmation voucher will contain the contact details for the local activity operator. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

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