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Ek Balam Tours

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Ek Balam
Once an ancient Maya town, Ek Balam (meaning “black jaguar” in the Mayan language) is now one of the largest archaeological sites in Mexico, famous for its 96-foot-tall (29-meter-tall) Acropolis, a stone temple that offers picturesque jungle views from its peak. Don’t miss the jaguar motifs peppered around the site’s numerous structures. 

The Basics
Situated about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the popular tourist destination of Chichen Itza, Ek Balam isn’t quite as popular as its massive neighbor, making it less crowded. The attraction offers a chance to imagine Maya culture as it was thousands of years ago. 

Ek Balam tours typically include hotel pickup and drop-off, and leave from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and other Riviera Maya destinations. Excursions range from a half day to a full day, and often visit other popular attractions such as Tulum Archaeological Site, the ruins at Chichen Itza, and nearby cenotes (underground lakes). Private tours are available for a personalized experience, and some day trips include a personal photographer. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Ek Balam is a must-see for history buffs and culture lovers. 
  • The Caribbean sun can get very hot and there isn’t much shade at Ek Balam, so remember to bring sun protection and plenty water.
  • It’s a good idea to wear comfortable shoes so you can explore the ruins at length. 

How to Get There
Ek Balam is located on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, roughly two hours by road from Cancun and Playa del Carmen. You can get there by taxi, rental car, or guided tour. The closest international airport is in Cancun. 

When to Get There
Ek Balam is busiest from December through April, when the weather tends to be sunny and warm. There are fewer crowds during hurricane season (May through October), but be sure to check the weather for storms if you plan to participate in outdoor activities.

What to See Near Ek Balam
The nearby Quintana Roo region is full of attractions, both natural and man-made. Nearby Playa del Carmen is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and shopping. The Maya ruins at Coba are also a must-see, with a 138-foot-high (42-meter-high) stone pyramid. The archaeological sites of Tulum and Chichen Itza are also great spots to explore. For an island getaway, visit the shores of Isla Mujeres or Cozumel. 

Address: Ek Balam, The Yucatan, Mexico
Admission: Varies
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Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, and Hubiku Cenote Combo Tour All Fees Included

Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, and Hubiku Cenote Combo Tour All Fees Included

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This intriguing full-day tour from Playa del Carmen combines two prominent archaeological sites of the Yucatan Peninsula: Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. A professional guide points out El Castillo (The Castle), aka the Temple of Kukulcan, among other landmarks, then accompanies you to Ek Balam with free time to climb the main pyramid. In between, visit Hubiku Cenote for a swim and dig into a buffet lunch. Numbers are limited to 10 people to provide a small-group experience.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.00
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$145.00
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Ek Balam Majestic Mayan Ruins and Cenote Tour

Ek Balam Majestic Mayan Ruins and Cenote Tour

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Experience a bit of the Yucatan Peninsula's Maya culture and natural wonders on this day trip from Cancun to Ek’ Balam and Cenote Hubiku or Xcajum cenote (sinkhole). At Ek’ Balam, learn about the archaeological ruins and restoration efforts of this ancient Maya city. Then head to the cenote, a naturally formed underground pool, to cool off with a swim.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$149.00
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$149.00
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Valladolid & Ek Balam From Mérida Yucatán

Valladolid & Ek Balam From Mérida Yucatán

Plan a stress-free visit to Valladolid with this full-day tour that includes round-trip transport from accommodations in Merida. In addition to navigating, your guide offers little-known facts and anecdotes about the ancient Mayan archaeological site of Ek Balam and the colonial town of Valladolid. The tour also features free time to relax and have lunch at Cenote Saamal, one of many natural sinkholes unique to the Yucatán’s landscape.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.10
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$96.10
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Private Tour Ek' Balam & Cenote Hubiku with Valladolid

Private Tour Ek' Balam & Cenote Hubiku with Valladolid

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Swap the beaches and bars of Cancun for the opportunity to get off the beaten path. Explore the ancient ruins of Ek' Balam, nestled deep in the Yucatan jungle; cool off in the underground swimming hole of Hubiku Cenote, and wander around and soak up local culture in the charming town of Valladolid. This private tour is exclusively for your party.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$222.94
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$222.94

Ek Balam Tour from Riviera Maya or Cancun

Ek Balam Tour from Riviera Maya or Cancun

Experience the pre-Hispanic Mayan city of Ek Balam and see the Yucatan’s largest natural pool, or cenote, on this guided tour. With a bilingual guide leading the way, learn the fascinating history of Ek Balam’s plazas, temples and sculptures. Enjoy a traditional lunch—included in the tour price—and head to Cenote Maya and check out its rock formations and turquoise water.    
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$173.90
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$173.90

Chichen Itza - Popcorn Cenote - Ek Balam

Chichen Itza - Popcorn Cenote - Ek Balam

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Explore the Mayan World, Chichen Itza, the 7 Wonder of the World and Ek Balam, the city of the Black Jaguar, surrounded by a lush and lush jungle. You will be surprised by the beauty of the Cenote Palomitas, a wonder of nature with its vault covered with stalactites in an environment surrounded by nature and only within reach of the unlucky. Enjoy this incredible tour in small groups of no more than 12 people, live a unique and fun experience. We are an excursion and tour agency legally registered in SECTUR, We offer the maximum guarantees in quality and service, small groups, Civil Liability Insurance and Personal Accidents, Paradisiacal excursions in which to enjoy adventures and moments of relaxation in unforgettable places, each of the activities are carried out with Guides in Spanish and English and French, we have the Certificates of Excellence years 2016-2017-2018-2019 granted by TripAdvisor thanks To the trust of our customers.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.77
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$150.77
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Ek Balam and Valladolid Private Tour

Ek Balam and Valladolid Private Tour

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Discover three captivating Mexican sites during this double-duty guided tour, which makes stops at Ek Balam, Valladolid, and a Mayan cenote. Enjoy personalized attention from your own private guide as you wander pre-Colombian ruins, exploring stepped pyramids and listening to the latest archaeological findings. From there, enjoy free time in the picturesque, 16th-century town of Valladolid, before ending the day over a savory lunch buffet and views of a stunning cenote.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$326.09
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$326.09
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Ek Balam & Samula Cenote Private Tour

Ek Balam & Samula Cenote Private Tour

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Your experience begins at 8:00 AM, (suggested time), you'll be taken directly to Ek Balam to spend a few hours enjoying and learning about the site with a certified guide. After that, a refreshing swim at the Samula cenote and a buffet lunch will be waiting for you. A stop at the colonial town of Valladolid isalso included, however you can decide to got straight to your hotel depending on your energy level. The tour finishes with the drop-off at your hotel, about 10-12 hours after your pickup.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.60
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$110.60
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Ek Balam Rio Lagartos and Tequila Private Tour from Cancun

Ek Balam Rio Lagartos and Tequila Private Tour from Cancun

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Tour the archaeological ruins of Ek Balam, then see flocks of pink flamingos and soak in a salt lagoon at Rio Lagartos on this private day trip. Learn about the ancient Maya civilization from an informative personal guide and climb up the Acropolis, one of the largest pyramids of the Yucatán Peninsula. In addition, visit a tequila factory and stop for an included lunch. Private transport is available from Cancun hotels.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$380.00
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$380.00
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Ek Balam, Valladolid and Cenote Private Tour

Ek Balam, Valladolid and Cenote Private Tour

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This is a tour that combines a visit to the ancient city of Ek Balam and the charm to visit the beautiful colonial city of Valladolid in Yucatan. We will also visit a amazing cenote where you enjoy a delicious lunch with traditional Yucatan dishes. Enjoy at your own pace and without itineraries of the Mayan culture and Yucatan.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$210.00
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$210.00
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LDS Tour to Ek Balam and Cenote

LDS Tour to Ek Balam and Cenote

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Our LDS tours are designed to bring the Book of Mormon to life. Our tour guides will not only provide an in-depth and detailed discussion of the history and symbolism of the ruins but most importantly, explain how they correlate to passages and teachings from the scriptures. Learn about the latest theories and research that place Mesoamerica as the top candidate for the setting of the Book of Mormon.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$152.20
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$152.20
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PRIVATE TOUR EK BALAM with SWIMMING IN CENOTE & COLONIAL CITY from RIVIERA MAYA

PRIVATE TOUR EK BALAM with SWIMMING IN CENOTE & COLONIAL CITY from RIVIERA MAYA

A complete tour full of nature, magic, ancient history, beauty and local real life. Ek Balam a unique archaeological site. An incredible cenote surrounded by vegetation, birds and nature. And Valladolid, a beautiful colonial city of great importance in the era of the Viceroyalty
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  • 9 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$420.27
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$420.27
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Private Tour: Ek Balam, Pink Flamingos Sanctuary and Tequila Tasting Factory from Cancun

Private Tour: Ek Balam, Pink Flamingos Sanctuary and Tequila Tasting Factory from Cancun

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See the ancient Maya city of Ek Balam, a migratory bird sanctuary, and a tequila factory on a full-day, private tour from Cancun that goes off the beaten track to explore the Yucatan’s history, wildlife, and culture. This 12-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Cancun, entrance fees, and a boat trip through the Gulf Coast mangroves.
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  • 12 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$160.00
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$160.00
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Private Tour: Pink Flamingos, Maya Temples and Ek Balam

Private Tour: Pink Flamingos, Maya Temples and Ek Balam

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Tour archeological sites, encounter the incredible wildlife of Rio Lagartos and get an up close look at Mayan temples during this day trip from Cancun that's perfect for the entire family. Whether you're traveling with children or adventuring with friends, this private excursion is the ideal way to see it all.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$469.34
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$469.34
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Private Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, and Ik Kil Cenote, Lunch

Private Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, and Ik Kil Cenote, Lunch

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Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this jam-packed full-day tour that hits all of the famous Mayan sites around the Riviera Maya. With private transportation from Riviera Maya or Cancun, visit Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, and the Ik Kil cenote with a dedicated guide. All entrance fees included.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$368.00
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$368.00
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Private Day Trip: Ek Balam and Chichen Itza with Cenote and Tequila Factory

Private Day Trip: Ek Balam and Chichen Itza with Cenote and Tequila Factory

Get personalized attention and enjoy a flexible itinerary on this private day trip to Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. After touring the important archaeological sites, take a swim in a nearby cenote. Then quench your thirst with a visit to a local tequila factory. Round-trip private transportation is included.
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  • 10 hours
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$400.00
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$400.00
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Private Tour: Ek Balam and Pink Flamingoes Sanctuary with Photographer from Cancun, Tulum or Riviera Maya

Private Tour: Ek Balam and Pink Flamingoes Sanctuary with Photographer from Cancun, Tulum or Riviera Maya

Visit an ancient Maya city and a coastal bird sanctuary on a full-day, private tour with transport from hotels in Cancun, Tulum, or the Rivera Maya that includes all entrance fees. Travel with a photographer guide for professional images of the trip, as you explore El Balam, spot flocks of flamingos, and tour the Rio Lagartos mangroves by boat.
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  • 10 hours
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$362.67
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$362.67
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Private Tour Chichen Itza And Ek Balam From Cancun

Private Tour Chichen Itza And Ek Balam From Cancun

Visit two most famous archaeological sites in Yucatan: Ek Balam (translated from the Mayan language "black jaguar") and the "New 7th Wonder of the World" - Chichen Itza. Swim in a beautiful cenote with crystal clear water, surrounded by exotic plants. In the second part of the tour you will visit to tequila faсtory where you can see the production process and taste this wonderful drink. No crowds, no lines on your private prehistoric adventure.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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$387.96
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$387.96
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Yucatan Highlights Tour

Yucatan Highlights Tour

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Take the stress out of planning on this three-day tour of the Yucatan Peninsula and Quintana Roo. Visit Chichen Itza and enjoy a guided tour of this significant archaeological site and learn about the ancient civilization that used to inhabit the land. Also, travel to Merida, the capital city of the Yucatan state, and cool off in a cenote. The trip ends with a stop at Coba (a Mayan site) and Tulum.
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  • 3 days
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$827.34
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$827.34
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Yucatan Discovery Tour

Yucatan Discovery Tour

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In this four day and three night Yucatan Discovery Tour we first visit the Rio Lagartos Biosphere home of the flamingos, crocodiles and other sea life. Stay the night at Valladolid in a colonial hotel in the city square then explore the Yucatan Peninsula and Quintana Roo first The Archaeological wonder of Chichen Itza a modern world wonder and capital of a great civilization then Ek Balam the city of the Black Jaguar. Merida the capital city of the Yucatan state also known as the white city, Uxmal the city three times built with its magnificent mayan baroque style architecture and we visit a Beautiful hidden Cenote of crystalline waters. Then onto Coba a classic mayan site and Tulum the city by the sea
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  • 4 days
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$1,000.00
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$1,000.00
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Ek Balam Cenote And Valladolid Private Tour From Cancun

Ek Balam Cenote And Valladolid Private Tour From Cancun

A complete tour full of nature, magic, ancient history, beauty and local real life. Ek Balam a unique archaeological site. An incredible cenote surrounded by vegetation, birds and nature. And Valladolid, a beautiful colonial city of great importance in the era of the Viceroyalty
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$384.62
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$384.62
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Chichen Itza & Ek Balam Maya Ruins Private Tour

Chichen Itza & Ek Balam Maya Ruins Private Tour

Always thought that seeing two Mayan sites in a day was not possible? Think again this is the perfect combination of two of the most beautiful mayan sites ever built, Chichen Itza and Ek Balam in just one day. A not to be missed..!!
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$284.00
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$284.00
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Yucatan Express - The most famous Mayan Sites of Yucatan Peninsula (Private)

Yucatan Express - The most famous Mayan Sites of Yucatan Peninsula (Private)

Visit the most popular Mayan sites of Yucatan Peninsula with the shortest version of our Yucatan tours. Ek-Balam, Chichen Itza, Uxmal and also the nice colonial town of Valladolid.
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  • 2 days
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$532.00
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$532.00
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Chichen Itza and Xcajum Cenote Day Trip

Chichen Itza and Xcajum Cenote Day Trip

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Reach two of Mexico’s most impressive attractions during this action-packed, double-duty guided tour, which takes you to Chichen-Itza archaeological site and Xcajum cenote. Relax and settle back for an all-inclusive experience, cutting the hassle of getting to each location. Enjoy unlimited drinks, air-conditioned transportation, an expert guide, and a regional buffet lunch. Top off your visit to the immense ancient ruins with a refreshing dip in turquoise waters.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$107.00
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$107.00
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