Walk Among the Ruins of Ek Balam in the Best Private Cancun Tour

Enjoy the perks of a private Cancun tour and explore the Mayan ruins of Ek Balam at your own rhythm. Travel to the adventure in an A/C vehicle exclusive for you and your friends and family. Get there before the large crowds and walk freely through the buildings of this ancient city.

Start the dream by going through the arch of the entrance and imagine all the people who lived in Ek Balam, their clothes, tufts of bright color feathers decorated with stones, their songs and dances.

Look at the ball game structure that, although small, is very beautiful. Get ready. The best is yet to come! The great Acropolis is in front of you. Climb the stairs of this magnificent structure and admire its gorgeous views!

The inhabitants of this Mayan city were great artists, and now you get to stand in front of their masterwork. Marvel at the magnificent façade, perfectly preserved despite the time; its glyphs; sculptures; all of them are wonderful! It is impossible not to be moved by such perfection.

Explore One of the Most Beautiful Mayan Sites Hidden in the Jungle

Ek Balam, translated as black jaguar or star jaguar, is the best preserved Mayan construction in the Riviera Maya area, and yet it is not as visited as Chichen Itza or Tulum. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy all of its beauty, climb on its buildings and take fantastic pictures from the top of the Acropolis. While you are at the top, open your eyes. Take a breath of fresh air and listen to the sounds of the jungle. Open your arms and receive all the energy of this magical place. From above, you can also appreciate some structures still covered by trees and plants, which look like mountains. Hopefully, you will be able to explore them on your next trip to Cancun and Riviera Maya.

Enjoy Ek Balam Fully with the Best Private Cancun Tours

Visit this beautiful place early in the morning to enjoy it better, since later the sun is very strong. Also, crowds start to arrive at the site and climbing the pyramids might get complicated. Choose an early pickup time and enjoy a smooth ride on an exclusive vehicle directly to the ruins.

Remember to use biodegradable sunblock and insect repellent. Also, wear a hat or cap to protect your skin and comfortable shoes to climb the buildings. There are loose stones on the floor so watch your step and try not to trip.


You and your group will go directly from your hotel to the Mayan ruins. We do not offer this tour as a public bus tour. It is a 2 ½ hour ride, we suggest a pickup from 7AM -10AM.  To avoid crowds leave your hotel no later than 8:00AM.

  • Climb the ruins of Ek Balam and uncover distinct carvings left by the Mayans, spend as much or as little time as you'd like.
  • Ride a bike to the beautiful open cenote Xcanche, rappel down the walls, swing on a rope or zip line over the clear blue waters below.
  • When you are done there we head to downtown Valladolid to see the cathedral.
  • Private Round trip A/C transportation exclusively for your group.
  • English speaking driver.
  • Entrance fee to Ek Balam Ruins.
  • Toll road fees and parking.
  • Entrance fees to cenote Xcanche. Bike to the cenote and enjoy unlimited activities: zip line across the cenote, swimming and rappelling.
  • Stop in downtown Valladolid - optional.

Does not include:
  • A guide in Ek Balam.
  • Gratuities.
  • Food and beverages not included. You can choose to eat at the cenote or at Valladolid.
  • Any extra stop or activity not purchased in this package.
  • There is a small federal fee for the use of electronic devices to shoot video inside Ek Balam.
  • Bring biodegradable insect repellent and sunblockYou can only use biodegradable products on the reef and in cenotes.
  • Bring swimsuit, towel, hat, sunglasses, camera, walking shoes.
  • Make sure to bring a change of clothes as the driver will not let you in the vehicle if you are wet
  • Bring cash. 
Additional Information:
  • You can only use biodegradable products in cenote
  • You get the vehicle for the length of your tour.
  • All sites of ruins close at 5PM. Please plan your time accordingly.

*** Note that the certified guides inside the ruins are not included on this tour, and they are not part of the service that we provide. Therefore, we are not responsible and do not control the prices or exchange rate of the guide that you hire. Remember to agree on the price before hiring a guide.


TRANSPORTATION: If staying in Isla Blanca, we need to add on a $50 USD service fee for pickup and drop off.

**This fee is per VEHICLE, not per person.

  • This Private tour is recommended for hotels located in Cancun, Bahia Petempich, Puerto Morelos Playa Paraiso.
  • We don't recommend it for hotels in Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal, Bahia Principe or Tulum. Yet we CAN still do it if you'd like, only that an extra fee will apply depending on the location of your hotel.
  • Please check the ADD ON section for more details on this surcharge.


Note: Price per adult drops when the more adults you are. Kids prices remain the same, no matter how many. Infants are free. (Child rate is based on age or height as set out by the park). 13 people max per vehicle regardless of ages. 14 people (including infants) or more, will require 2 or more vans and the rates will change. Feel free to email us with any questions.

Private Ek Balam Adventure

# of People Per Adult Rate Per Child Rate
1 $ 268.10 $ 26.72
2 $ 169.83 $ 26.72
3 $ 130.17 $ 26.72
4 $ 112.93 $ 26.72
5 $ 102.59 $ 26.72
6 $ 95.69 $ 26.72
7 $ 89.66 $ 26.72
8 $ 86.21 $ 26.72
9 $ 83.62 $ 26.72
10 $ 81.90 $ 26.72

These are the Add-ons available for this tour. You will be able to add them to your order in your Shopping Cart.

Add on for Private Ek Balam Adventure

Add on Extra

Riviera Maya fee Akumal or Tulum

Vans: $ 50 usd

Add on Extra

Riviera Maya fee Playa Paraiso

Vans: $ 40 usd


  • All prices are in US Dollars
  • Groups of 6 or more subject to larger deposits
  • You do not need an EP card to get the BEST prices in Cancun.
  • Some tours/transfers require deposit or payment in full at time of booking.
  • If the tour departs as scheduled it is a completed tour. If you are not on the tour on time you will be considered a no-show and therefore we will be charged. In that case, you will forfeit any deposit made.
  • Do not assume a tour is cancelled by rain. Only the tour operator determines if a tour is cancelled due to weather. Not even I can make that call.
  • This tour must be cancelled by 2:00 PM on the day BEFORE the tour in order to receive a full refund of any deposit you may have made.
  • Cancellations can be made by e-mail 48 hrs before your tour departs. Less than 48 hrs you are required to call our office.
  • You personally must speak with our staff. Do not have the hotel travel agent or concierge call. We all speak English.
  • We will provide you with a cancellation number. Please write it down and guard it until you have received your refund.
  • In most cases a refund will be issued within 48 hrs.
  • After 2:00 PM on the day before your tour we still may be able to cancel/refund you, but you are taking a risk. If the tour is full and the operator cannot fill your space, you will lose your deposit. So, call us whenever you can.
  • Our phone number in Cancun is 914-0290. It is also on the back of your EP Card and all tour e-vouchers you received. If you have any trouble dialing this number, ask the concierge or front desk staff to assist you. We are here from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM daily and have an answering machine for the off hours.
  • If your tour is cancelled by the tour operator for any reason including weather, you will receive a full refund or be able to reschedule with no penalty.
  • You can change the date of any tour without penalty IF you call before 2:00 PM on the day before the tour.
  • We have the most flexible cancellation policy in Cancun and we will only keep your deposit IF we are charged by the tour operator.
  • IMPORTANT : We have the right to cancel or exchange any portion of this tour due to weather, availability, road construction or any other reason without notice. We always try to provide the exact service above however, there are times it is out of our control. We will offer other "parks/activities" near the area if something is closed. If you decide not take any other option or if none is available we will charge you the web site price for the services that you were able to do. Example; if you have Tulum and a snorkeling trip planned, you cannot snorkel; we will charge you as if you only went to Tulum. The most expensive part of this trip is the van, gas and driver for the day.
Private Ek Balam Adventure
Available: Daily
Adults from $81.9 + tax
Kids from $26.72 + tax
Infant(s): At no charge according to age range.

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