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Cancun: Ek Balam Self-Guided Tour

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This narrated, self-guided tour of Ek Balam takes you through one of the most important ancient Mayan archaeological sites in existence. Dig into their ancient culture, science, religion, and more.

Highlights

  • Climb to the top of an ancient Mayan pyramid
  • Discover the tomb of Ukit Kan Le'k Tok’, a Mayan king
  • Unlock the secrets behind ancient hieroglyphics found throughout the site
  • Learn about the ancient Mayan art, religion, and culture
  • Tour without the hassle of a group or the risk of an unreliable guide

Description

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Once downloaded, your tour of Ek Balam begins near the Visitor Center. As you head into the site, you’ll turn back the clock thousands of years and revisit the history of Maya before the Europeans arrived. Then, learn about the arrival of the Spanish, their conquest, and how it changed the course of history on the continent. After crossing through the remnants of an ancient defensive wall, you’ll arrive at a ball court and learn the fundamentals of an intense, dangerous Mayan game that was a little bit like a cross between soccer and basketball, but with unbelievably high stakes. Then, making your way to the Circular Steam Bath (which was used to heal the sick and wounded), you’ll get a crash course in Mayan architecture. You’ll also get more familiar with the complex tenets of ancient Mayan religion on your way to your next stop. Next comes the Acropolis, the largest standing structure on the peninsula. This immense building is King Ukit Kan Le'k Tok’s most enduring legacy. Fortunately, you can actually climb the stairs to the top! As you climb, you’ll notice a pair of hieroglyphic serpents and discover their meaning. After that comes the tomb of Ukit Kan Le'k Tok’ himself. It’s quite possibly the best-preserved tomb of any Mayan king, and is a must-see stop during your visit. Finally, you’ll reach the top of the pyramid. From here, you’ll have panoramic views in every direction. You’ll even be able to see the outline of Chichen Itza on a clear day! The tour concludes here, after detailing the plaza visible below.

Includes

Mission: Join us to explore the world and its stories. Let us start with this area. Discover at your own pace using a mobile app. An audio guide, map, and tour book - all in one app on your phone. A link to download the Action Tour Guide app. Password for your tours. Easy to use - auto-play based on your GPS location. Hands-free. Live Offline GPS map- works without a cell signal. Gives stop-by-stop directions. All-day support line: Call, Chat, or Email. Don’t miss a thing: Full itinerary, travel tips, and professionally narrated audio. Visit key & hidden points. Enrich your experience with historical images/videos/text. Start when there is less crowd, stop to take pictures, break for hikes, or go for lunch. Valid for life - Listen to it before, during, and after the tour. Use it on multiple days.

Important Information

  • This tour is a self-guided mobile app with a map, audio stories, and a guide.
  • Buy one tour per couple. Use a phone speaker or share the headsets.
  • The app offers a full itinerary, tips, professional audio stories, scripts, images, videos, deep dives, hidden gems, hikes, and offline directions.
  • Flexible Schedule: Use it on any day and at any time- over multiple days.
  • Use it on your next trip here. This tour never expires.
  • Go at your own pace.
  • It auto starts based on you reaching the starting point GPS.
  • All stories play based on your GPS location. Requires no buttons to press.
  • Get HELP by calling, chatting, or emailing - all day long.

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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