Ek’ Balam Mayan Ruins in Yucatan

21 Sep

This weekend, my in-laws took us to see some Mayan ruins along with some family friends. It was an AMAZING time!

We went to Ek’ Balam (which means “Black Jaguar” in Mayan), a site located about 2 hours from Cancun, near the city of Valladolid in the state of Yucatan.

Words are insufficient, so I’ll just leave you with photos…

There are 2 hills like this. Each has a large, unearthed acropolis underneath.

The ball court:

The main acropolis… 106 stairs. I got halfway up and panicked. Luckily Jorge made it all the way and was able to take photos.

Beautifully preserved carvings at the entrance to a tomb:

And finally… Pepino the snake.

25 Responses to “Ek’ Balam Mayan Ruins in Yucatan”

  1. Leah September 21, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    OMG people tell me that snake isn’t real!

    • gringation September 21, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

      Definitely a real snake. He was a sweetheart πŸ™‚

  2. KfromMichigan September 21, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    I could not do the snake! You are brave!

  3. Nikki September 21, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    It seriously makes me nervous to see you stand on the edge of that thing! I’ll have to forward this to my friend. She’s heading to Isla Mujeres and wanted to visit some ruins and I thought Chichen Itza was a bit of jaunt.

  4. Florida Girl Meets the Midwest September 21, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    You go on the best adventures. Thanks for taking us along for the ride.

  5. Krysten September 21, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

    Oh man, so jealous, I’ve always wanted to go there!

    P.S. CSN is online. Go check it out!

  6. foxy September 21, 2010 at 5:44 pm #

    Oooooh… I love Mayan ruins! One time we went to visit Coba and that pyramid is HUGE. I got all the way to the top, but it wasn’t easy. And those steps aren’t “normal” sized steps. They’re fairly oversized and steep, so it’s really scary.

    Love the snake photo op! πŸ™‚

    • gringation September 21, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

      I’ve always wanted to go to Coba! I hear it’s gorgeous πŸ™‚

  7. CancunTom September 21, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    Great pictures thanks for taking us for a photo trip to one of Mexico’s great treasures.

  8. Ang September 21, 2010 at 8:02 pm #

    AWESOME!! those stairs look brutal!

  9. Harley September 21, 2010 at 11:12 pm #

    These are amazing! I love snakes as well they’re so funny!

    As for BNTM – CHARLOTTE’S GONE!!!!! She was my favourite by about 10000 miles! And she’s gone! Boooo….

    Think Joy is gross – too skinny. And Tiff’s voice annoys me to no end!

    • gringation September 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

      I’m ok with that… She was my absolute favorite, but she’s just not a model. She’ll so much better as a TV personality or an actress.

      Tiff’s voice annoyed me til I found out she’s foreign (can’t remember from where, though). can’t stand Joy. Go Alisha!

  10. Grace September 22, 2010 at 1:31 am #

    Are the stairs really narrow like most ancient sites? I always think about how tiny people’s feet were way back when and how much bigger humans are getting.

  11. laurencancun September 22, 2010 at 2:15 am #

    OMG…yes, no snakey snake for me merci beaucoup!!!

    Otherwise, very cool pics!! Did you guys get a chance to check out Vallodolid? Err…maybe you have tons of times, but what a cute little place , eh!!!

  12. The Drama Mama September 22, 2010 at 4:19 am #

    Wow that view from up on top of the stairs? Breathtaking!! And Pepino? I wrinkled my nose, but he’s actually kinda cool.

    You have the best trips!

  13. Megan September 22, 2010 at 4:52 am #

    Ack! Snake!

    But other than that, the pictures are gorgeous! πŸ˜‰ You guys always have the most awesome weekends – totally jealous over here. πŸ™‚

  14. Modern Funk September 22, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    Great photos! What a brave woman you are holding that snake. Yikes!

  15. Ashlie September 22, 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    Great photos! I havent seen those ruins yet.

  16. Linda September 23, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing those. I must ad Ek’ Balam to my bucket list!

    Isla Chica

  17. Kristi S September 24, 2010 at 3:14 am #

    I love seeing bits of history like this! I have been to Tenochitlan at Teotihuacan but would love to see other ruins

  18. GRRRL TRAVELER September 24, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    Wow,your honeymoon just doesn’t end! Awesome photos and yikes- I dunno how you’re maintaining that smile w/ that fattie around your neck!

  19. cheri September 27, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    see? this is why i’m envious of you living in mexico. you get to go to places like these. (can you tell i’m a geek?)

  20. Ceri May 12, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    Very, very cool. And you’re so brave with that snake. An old friend of mine had a Boa and that was only a baby but I still needed to be coaxed into holding it. Haha.


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