LDS Tour 3 . Chichen Itza, Ek Balam Ruins and Cenote Ik Kil
mmerse yourself in both ancient and the modern day culture of Yucatan by visiting Chichen Itzá and Ek Balam all in one day!
Learn the story of the statue Angels at Ek Balam and the legends of the White Bearded God that visited Chichén Itzá. Enjoy folkloric performances as you eat delicious Yucatan Cuisine and finalize your trip with a refreshing plunge at the world famous Cenote Ik Kil. See details below.
Chichen Itzá, One of the 7 Wonders of the World.
Chichen Itza, established in the year 525 AD and experienced several stages in its development as a result of cultural fusion with other Mexican groups that conquered the city during its existence. Although its architecture presents variations, its style is unique and impressive.
The archaeological site of Chichen Itza features many stone buildings which exhibit very intricate architectural styles and some brightly colored interior frescoes. At the end of the Late Classic period (between the years 600 and 900 AD), Chichen Itza became one of the major political centers of the Mayan region and rose to regional prominence as one of the most powerful Mayan kingdoms of the Yucatan Peninsula. The Maya extended their domain through a unified culture and made Chichen Itza their capital. However, by the year 1,250 AD, the city was mysteriously abandoned for reasons unknown. In 1988, the archaeological site of Chichen Itza was declared World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). After a worldwide vote in 2007, it was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Ek Balam, city to "The Black Jaguar."
Ek’ Balam shares characteristics common to the most important ancient Mayan cities, including monuments, architecture, walls, steles (beautiful sculptures carved from blocks of stone), a ball court, a network of roads as well as texts written in glyphs. The Acropolis with its extraordinary facade is worth a special mention. Measuring 160 meters long by almost 70 wide and 31 high (95ft tall approx.), listed among the largest edifices in Yucatan. The most important discovery on the site was the discovery of the tomb of the ruler UkitKanLekTok. Here was found the only glyphic emblem found to date in the northern area of this state, giving the name of the king for whom the tomb had been built. It dates back to 300 BC, before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors.
• Hotel pick-up 7:00 am and drop off around 6:30 to 7:30 pm
• Transportation A/C VAN
• Admission fees to both archaeological sites and cenote park
• Professional certified LDS tour guide
• Liability road insurance, parking and toll road fees
• Bottle of purified water (unlimited) & lunch Mexican traditional food.
• Enjoy folkloric performances of Yucatan Peninsula
Alma´s LDS Tours in Cancun awaits to see you soon!