The word Ek Balam means “black jaguar” in the Yucatec Maya language and carvings of jaguars can be seen on the structures and ruins throughout the site.
Ek Balam is a compact and fascinating ruins site consisting of a collection of impressive ancient pyramids and structures with interesting architecture. It is situated among the dense jungle just twenty five minutes north of Valladolid.
Ek Balam is a unique, interesting and lesser-known Mayan Ruins site with impressive structures that is surrounded by dense jungle and located just north of the colonial city of Valladolid in the centre of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, making it a convenient place to explore on a half-day trip from Valladolid. If you enjoy visiting quieter and lesser-frequented ruins sites, then you will love exploring the ruins of Ek Balam!