Playa del Carmen has a rich history stretching back thousands of years to a culture that seems otherworldly by today’s standards. This history belongs to the Mayans and the ruins of Ek Balam, as well as the work of modern archaeologists who have painted a vibrant portrait of how the ancient Mayans lived, celebrated and worshiped.
Vacationers can travel more than 2,000 years back in time to experience the sights, sounds and stories that linger at Ek Balam near Playa del Carmen.
Researching Things to do Near Playa del Carmen? Don’t Miss the Ek Balam Mayan Ruins.
Ek Balam is one of the area’s best-kept secrets, and you might find that you and your party are some of the only visitors present, which makes the experience that much more meaningful. The words Ek Balam mean Black Jaguar. While many of the Mayan sites in and around Playa del Carmen were “only” used for 500 to 600 years or so, Ek Balam was inhabited for well over a thousand, which indicates that it was a very powerful site in the Mayan culture.
One of the most impressive features at the site is La Torre, or The Tower, which is one of the largest Mayan structures built in the Yucatan. The temple is a construction marvel, built over the course of many generations. It’s also a living work of art. Visitors to Ek Balam can see this famous temple, as well as the tomb of a powerful ruler, additional excavated buildings, a variety of Mayan sculptures, paintings and other artworks, as well as portions of a well-designed roadway used for transportation
Are you planning on visiting this magnificent historic site? Contact Playa Palms to learn more about Ek Balam or to begin planning your itinerary of things to do around Playa del Carmen today.