Visit Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, swim in cenote Ik Kil, have a traditional Mexican lunch, and become a real expert in ancient Mayan history in one day.
This tour is a combination of the most famous and the most visited Mayan archaeological sites. Your tour will start with visiting Ek Balam ancient city, which name means “The city of black Jaguar”. Ek Balam is not a big city, but it instantly conquers you with the beauty of it’s architecture. An interesting fact is that until 2001 Ek Balam was a private territory and was not open for the public. The history of the city has more than 1000 years and tells about the power of it. Unfortunately during the Spanish invasion the city was partially destroyed, but you will see the most interesting parts such as Acropolis – the imperator’s palace and the Jaguar’s Altar, which the Indians believed was the entrance to the kingdom of the dead and where you will see christian angels, Egyptian hieroglyphs and even the Indian God Shitsa on it.
The mystery of this altar remains unsolved and a lot of scientists and historians still argue about it’s origin, putting forward scientific as well as mythical theories. Then, after a swim in a picturesque and crystal clear underground cenote Ik-Kil, lunch and the road to Chichen Itza is waiting for you.
Chichen Itza is one of the ancient cities which is not needed to be presented, because it’s main building – the Kukulkan pyramid was named one of the new 7 world wonders. The city is well preserved and shocks every visitor with its numerous buildings constructed by not only Mayans but also by Toltecs. Visiting such monuments as Kukulkan Pyramid, pok-ta-pok playground, Warriors’ Temple and the Temple of Jaguar, you will get a unique opportunity to learn about history, mysteries and legends of this city and its inhabitants.
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