Ek'Balam, first contact with a Maya civilisation

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After breakfast in the hotel in San Felipe, we are on our way to go to Chichen Itza -frankly the only Maya place known to me (before I read into this stuf) and I thought the only remaining... WRONG!! If you are touring Yucatan, you get the impression that every stone you see belongs to an ancient Maya city.

In our route description they advise us to stop at Ek'Balam (Black Jaguar) a city from 800 b.C. still inhabited when the Spanish came.
We pay our entrance fee and are greeted by Juan, who tels us of the history of the city and who will come with us as a guide for a smal fee. (400 pesos, we rejected, but with what I know now I would have accepted: it is extremely helpful to have a guide pointing things out, you will never know otherwise)
Ek'Balam is not known like Chichen Itza, but certainly worth visiting.


For a guy with a lawn mower like me it is strange and funny to see how 6 guys are having coffee, while wetting their long knives, then after some time start  chopping off the grass (like: chak-chak-chak X 6)

This is the first place where children come to ask me to look after the car. (education problem to be solved locally). The car is still there when we come back, so I pay the boy and his friend.

We decide to have something in the little restaurant that is near the entrance.
It is clean. Tthere are no guests. The sitting man had one beer to many:) I try to talk to him but his Spanish is to exotic for me. The food is good, the cook is friendly, the rest room is clean. Good stop! 

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On top
On top
Jugo de Pelota (the ball game)
Jugo de Pelota (the ball game)
The pyramid
The pyramid
looking down
looking down
Pan view (4pics in one:)
Pan view (4pics in one:)
Pan view
Pan view
EkBalam
Ek'Balam
EkBalam
Ek'Balam
EkBalam
Ek'Balam
EkBalam
Ek'Balam
EkBalam
Ek'Balam
EkBalam
Ek'Balam
EkBalam
Ek'Balam
EkBalam
Ek'Balam
stairs up/down the pyramid
stairs up/down the pyramid
looking down sideways
looking down sideways
view from the pyramid
view from the pyramid
view from the pyramid (back) see t…
view from the pyramid (back) see …
view from the pyramid (back)
view from the pyramid (back)
In the pyramid
In the pyramid
In the pyramid
In the pyramid
EkBalam
Ek'Balam
EkBalam
Ek'Balam
Jugo de Pelota
Jugo de Pelota
The only guests
The only guests
Get your education in the restaura…
Get your education in the restaur…
The restaurant
The restaurant
Roof construction of restaurant. I…
Roof construction of restaurant. …
Lounge-room-lizard
Lounge-room-lizard
Ekbalam
photo by: agarcia