Journey in time and explore two different periods of Yucatan history on this trip: the days of the ancient Maya in Ek Balam and the Colonial period as you stroll through the peaceful little town of Valladolid, founded by the Spaniards in 1543.
First stop is Ek Balam, an ancient Mayan city 20 minutes to the north of Valladolid. During several ongoing excavation projects, archaeologists have been able to ascertain that the city flourished between A.D. 250-1200 and decipher its name from hieroglyphic inscriptions: 'black or star jaguar' in Maya. They have also detected a blend of artistic and architectural styles present at the site, a reflection of cultural and political ties to other cities in the area. Ek Balam's crowning glory is the Acropolis and its upper facade featuring hieroglyphics, masks and the statue of a mysterious 'winged' figure, known as 'el angel' by local people, which archaeologists have been able to identify as an ancient ruler wearing a magnificent feathered headdress.
After visiting Ek Balam, you will visit the Hubiku cenote, where you will have time to swim in the crystal clear waters of this beautiful cenote and enjoy a buffet meal.