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Ek Balam

Valladolid

The vestiges of this archeological zone are hidden in the jungle, just half an hour from Valladolid. Its splendour lies in its steles, ramparts and sumptuous palaces that were built in the Pre Classical period, before the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors.

Ek Balam is an example of how the Mayan population was connected with other cities through its sacbés, white sand roads that shine in the dark. Precisely, these roads are the ones that will get you to the archeological zone and to its basement.

Now, the Acropolis deserves your complete attention. Here you will find a sumptuous palace of 31 meters in height. It is conformed by different rooms with vaults. The facade is rounded off with two humongous canines that emulates a jaguar snout. You can also find winged sculptures with Mayan faces.

You can see an ancient offering dedicated to Ukit Kan Lek Tok. Some of the objects that you will see are shells, jade chest-ornaments, ear pieces and collars.

In another area you can see masks, friezes and stone statues that allude to the jaguar and to its former rulers.

The vestiges of this archeological zone are hidden in the jungle, just half an hour from Valladolid. Its splendour lies in its steles, ramparts and sumptuous palaces that were built in the Pre Classical period, before the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors.

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Ek Balam is an example of how the Mayan population was connected with other cities through its sacbés, white sand roads that shine in the dark. Precisely, these roads are the ones that will get you to the archeological zone and to its basement.

Now, the Acropolis deserves your complete attention. Here you will find a sumptuous palace of 31 meters in height. It is conformed by different rooms with vaults. The facade is rounded off with two humongous canines that emulates a jaguar snout. You can also find winged sculptures with Mayan faces.

You can see an ancient offering dedicated to Ukit Kan Lek Tok. Some of the objects that you will see are shells, jade chest-ornaments, ear pieces and collars.

In another area you can see masks, friezes and stone statues that allude to the jaguar and to its former rulers.

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