Ek Balam

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September 12th 2014
Published: June 25th 2017
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Sad to leave such a great place, but we left Casa Hamaca in the morning for our final ruins site, Ek Balam. Unlike the other sites, Ek Balam has only been partially cleared of jungle and is barely known to the bus tourists of Cancun. When we arrived at 9am, there were only 4 other visitors present.

There is a tall structure you can climb and take photos of the surrounding jungle. Much like Angkor Wat, the stairs are narrow and steep and there is serious risk of injury if you are incompetent at climbing. Halfway up on the side is a terrace where several workers are hard at work restoring the ruins. At least one looked like a foreign student.

There are several "hills" around the center area that are actually ruins buried in jungle. Those will be restored in the years to come. Some day I expect this place could get as many or more tourists than Chichen Itza.

Even though we took it easy, we were soaked by the time we got back to the car. With the A/C cranked, we headed east on the toll interstate toward Cancun. The road is mostly empty of vehicles and the cost for 100 miles was US$20.

Back at the Cancun airport, we checked into the Marriott Courtyard for one last evening in Mexico. After getting cleaned up, we drove into the Cancun hotel zone proper for a look-see. Not surprisingly, it mostly seemed like America, sometimes trashy, sometimes boring. I'm sure several of the hotels are decent if you just sit on the beach, but they seem relatively expensive if that's all you're getting. We saw a Hooter's restaurant and decided that the three weeks backpacking around Spain was the right honeymoon choice for us.

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