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July 4, 2007
From journal Mayan's Glorious Yucatan
October 27, 2004
From journal 31st Anniversary Trip to Cancun
August 20, 2004
From journal Cancun in December
May 10, 2004
We took this tour as one of the two offered by Palace Resorts with our package. There are six to choose from. Our guide, Rafael, was very informative and considerate of we older gringas who needed to be out of the tropical sun, stopping to lecture in every shady spot he could. While I would not climb the great pyramid at Chichen Itza, I did attempt the smaller one at this ruin and was well rewarded with a magnificent view of the jungle surrounding the ruins. Coming down is very steep so wear good walking shoes. Since heights bother me a bit, I came down backwards, which was the method of choice for several of us timid folks.
The tour included a stop at a native center where we watched ladies hand knotting hammocks. I bought a huge, beautiful one for $20 -- a real steal. Don't be afraid to bargain!
Lunch was also included, but while good, it was not of the same quality as the Moon Palace. This trip takes most of a day, but is worth the time.
From journal Pampered Week in Cancun
November 24, 2002
These ruins are unlike Chichen Itza because the city had 3 walls or fortifications surrounding it. The city ruins are interesting as they contain three-dimensional statues of people and gods. The main building is massive--over a football field long and almost a football field thick.
It is near Vallaldolid and is not as well-developed as Chichen Itza, but that also means you are not fighting large crowds. There is not as much walking as Chichen Itza and the city is much older than Chichen Itza. We drove there with our rental car. It dates back to before the time of Christ.
The guide was very helpful and pointed out that Old Mayan Roads lead straight to other Mayan cities on the peninsula.
There are no restaurants in Ek Balaam so bring some food or go to Vallaldolid. You can get to Ek Balaam off of the Toll Road by going north off the Vallaldolid exit.
From journal The Real Cancun on the cheap