From Milpa to Tourism: Agriculture, Cenote and Pyramids of Ek Balam

1 Day

Visit Ek Balam to explore a Mesoamerican agricultural system, swim in an amazing cenote and discover the archaeological site of Ek Balam. Enjoy the perfect balance between culture and nature with this tour.

Overview

Discover the fascinating Maya culture and history on this tour from Merida. Begin with a 6:30 AM pick-up and travel to Ek Balam, a village where Maya is the most widely spoken language. Enjoy a delicious breakfast to fortify yourself, before embarking on a bike ride to explore local agricultural practices.

Visit a milpa, a Mesoamerican farming system, accompanied by a local guide. Taste traditional pozole and sweets made from regional crops, while learning about the ways and types of farming. Enter the k’áax, or jungle, to learn about the traditional knowledge of medicinal plants and trees used in the construction of houses.

Afterwards, begin a 2-kilometer journey by bicycle or tricycle-taxi (tuk-tuk) through the jungle to reach Cenote X’Canché. Refresh yourself in its waters and appreciate the biodiversity around the crystal-clear cenote. Before leaving, enjoy a traditional Yucatecan lunch at the cooperative’s restaurant.

The last stop of the tour is at the archaeological site of Ek Balam, famous for its impressive Mayan architecture and its importance in pre-Hispanic times. Admire the incredible views from the top of the pyramids. Return to Merida, where you will be dropped off at approximately 7 PM.

What I need to bring with me?

-Comfort shoes.

-Sunscreen.

-Bottle of water.

-Bathsuit and towel.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

When traveling on your own, you are responsible for following the itinerary and activities at the designated times. Local guides speak Spanish.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

We will charge a 50% cancellation fee if you cancel your reservation 2 days or more before the start of the event.

Itinerary

Day 1 :
Itinerary

Departure from Merida
Start with pick up at 6:30 AM and travel to Ek Balam, a town where Mayan is the most spoken language.

Arrival and breakfast in Ek Balam
Enjoy a delicious breakfast to fortify yourself, before embarking on a bike ride to explore local agricultural practices.

Bicycle tour to the milpa
Visit a milpa, a Mesoamerican farming system, accompanied by a local guide. Taste traditional pozole and sweets made from regional crops, while learning about the ways and types of farming. Enter the k'áax, or jungle, to learn about the traditional knowledge of medicinal plants and trees used in the construction of houses.

Visit to Cenoe X'Canché
Afterwards, begin a 2-kilometer journey by bicycle or tricycle-taxi (tuk-tuk) through the jungle to reach Cenote X'Canché. Refresh yourself in its waters and appreciate the biodiversity around the crystal-clear cenote. Before leaving, enjoy a traditional Yucatecan lunch at the cooperative's restaurant.

Visit to Ek Balam Archaeological Zone
The last stop of the tour is at the archaeological site of Ek Balam, famous for its impressive Mayan architecture and its importance in pre-Hispanic times. Admire the incredible views from the top of the pyramids.

Arrival in Merida
Return to Merida, where you will arrive at approximately 7 PM.

What is included in the price?

INCLUDES:

  • Food and drinks
  • Bicycle tour to the milpa with a local guide.
  • Entrance fee to Cenote X'Canché and its facilities.
  • Admission fee to the archaeological site of Ek Balam (only if you book the option with transportation).
  • Private transportation service throughout the tour with a guide-driver in Spanish or English, pick up and drop off (only if you book the option with transportation).

EXCLUDES:

  • Tips and souvenirs.
  • Zip line and rappel activities in Cenote X'Canché, can be requested on site or booked as an extra.
  • Guided tour in the archaeological site of Ek Balam.

Starting point:

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

From Milpa to Tourism: Agriculture, Cenote and Pyramids of Ek Balam
Group Discount Available
From $1500 $1500
/ Adult