Ek Balam Native Park Yucatan

Activity Highlights

  • Explore the Mayan world in a Yucatan day trip from Cancun
  • Tour of the Ek Balam Mayan ruins with an expert guide
  • Admission to Native Park Yucatan ecopark
  • Daring rappel into Cenote Maya and Yucatan zipline circuit
  • Delicious buffet lunch of regional cuisine of Yucatan

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Adults Age 12+


Children Age 4-11


Infants Age 0-3


Ek Balam Tour from Cancun with Happy Tours Cancun: Super Yucatan Adventure

I recently took the Ek Balam tour from Cancun with Happy Tours Cancun and I am here to tell you all about it! This is one of my fave excursions, as a local Cancunense I’ve done all the Mayan ruins tours but this one holds a special place in my heart. It’s just. Special. An Ek Balam Mayan ruins tour brings you on an intimate encounter with the Mayan world, a very different vibe than at some of the larger, more popular tours of ancient cities in Yucatan. This tour is also full of adventure and surprises in the jungle. Are you ready? Let’s go.

What to expect on a Mayan ruins tour from Cancun to Ek Balam?

I made my way to the meeting point and found my spot in the comfortable air conditioned van. I like to sit near the front so I can hear every little thing the guide is telling us! The trip from Cancun to Ek Balam takes a couple of hours and our expert guide shared lots of fascinating facts and folklore about the Mayan world on the way. I always love tales of the Alux, the mischievous tale from folklore that demands offerings in the jungle.

We arrived at Ek Balam, a magical Mayan ruins site in the wilds of Yucatan. This may be one of the less visited sites but that is part of the appeal of course.Throughout the day I enjoyed the superb attention of guide Arturo, he was really knowledgeable and had a kind way of explaining some of the more complicated concepts of the ancient Maya. I asked a lot of questions about Ek Balam and he always knew the answers.We enjoyed a really great guided tour of Ek Balam and of course, climbing the Acropolis to see the magnificent frieze art is always breathtaking. In small groups like this you can get some fantastic photos.

Yucatan zipline and cenote rappel adventure! YAS! LOVE extreme adventure tours from Cancun!

After the inspiring immersion in culture and history at Ek Balam, it’s time for some extreme fun and adventure. We head to Native Park Yucatan and find an incredible cenote waiting for us! Cenotes are natural limestone sinkholes with mineral-rich waters and unbelievable structures of stalactites and stalagmites developed over thousands of years. They hide under the Yucatan jungle and many have not been explored yet. They estimate there are about 10000 cenotes hiding in the jungle of the Mexican Caribbean!

At Native Park Yucatan we do a little jungle ziplining over the canopy and a heart-stopping rappel into the huge cenote. Swimming in the crystalline waters is refreshing. Ok, kinda cold, but you get used to it and it is worth it! We play in the cenote for a while, splashing, jumping from the landings and having a few laughs on the “trepachanga”. We enjoy a delicious lunch buffet of Yucatan specialties and it was AMAZING. I went back for seconds and thirds. You must try the cochinita pibil and at least dare to sample the local spicy habanero salsa. The handmade tortillas are simply delicious, do not miss out. I’d like to tell you about the return trip to Cancun but I promptly fell asleep and enjoyed a delicious nap, ha! Extreme adventure and a full belly knocked me out.

Pro Ek Balam tour tip: Dress comfortably, maybe with your bathing suit underneath shorts and a tshirt, bring a change of clothes and a sweater or jacket for the air-conditioned ride. Hats or caps are essential for the heat of the sun. Bring a bag or backpack with a zipper closure to make sure none of your belongings go astray as you roam. Running shoes or sports shoes are best, lots of walking and extreme adventures ahead!

Are you ready for your own extreme adventure and Ek Balam tour from Cancun with Happy Tours Cancun? Reserve today!

We’ve done all the tours (and can’t wait to do them again), reserve this Ek Balam tour from Cancun with Happy Tours Cancun and discover history, nature, culture and adventure in one extraordinary Yucatan day trip from Cancun. Small groups only, this is an exclusive Ek Balam tour that you just have to experience.

Not Included

  • Tips, photos and souvenirs


  • Bring comfortable shoes (preferably sport shoes), bathing suit, towel,
  • Change of clothes
  • Cash or credit card for tips, pictures and souvenirs


  • The use of sunblock or insect repellent is not allowed, not even if they are certified as biodegradable.
  • This expedition may represent a great effort for disabled persons or pregnant women.
  • Minimum age 6 years old and 1.10 mts height
  • This tour may have some restrictions due to climate or operational conditions.
  • This tour transportation is operated by an affiliate partner of Happy Tours, not Happy Tours itself

Recient Reviews of Cancun Activities

4 /5
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Independent Feedback based on 38 verified reviews.

J. Grant - 5 days ago Catamaran to Isla Mujeres

Description said possible sailing. Well, when we got there no sails even on the boat. So motor only. On the ride back, transportation was 20 mins late and made us cross the road to the van that was parked in a travel lane. Was pretty sketchy. Tour and crew were pretty good though.

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Honeymoon in Cancun
Trusted Customer - 5 days ago Xplor Tour

Pick up and drop offs were on time and coordinated well. The drivers were pleasant and the guides were clear with instructions. We had the most wonderful time!

GILBERT ACOSTA - 27 days ago Catamaran to Isla Mujeres

I was happy with the pick up and return

A pleasant day out but more attention to detail is required.
CHARLES CLARK - 1 month ago Catamaran to Isla Mujeres

I enjoyed the trip and the crew were very attentive. The documentation told us to wear a mask on the transport to the dock and to bring flip flops for the boat. Both these things are wrong. Masks are no longer required and we were not permitted to wear ANY shoes on the boat (Something I did not like. A bit unsanitary that!). We were to meet our boat a 4 PM after the lunch on the beach but the boat didn't turn up until 4:25 ...but no one was there to tell us it was delayed (apparently because the golf cart trip was running late). Better organization is required when plans change.

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They have your back!
PATRICIA COLLIER - 1 month ago Catamaran to Isla Mujeres

Staff was very helpful, polite and puts you at ease immediately. I was very happy the the service. They have your back and that made me feel safe.

Lacks a bit of coordination but an enjoyable excursion.
MICHAEL DYS - 1 month ago Catamaran to Isla Mujeres

Happy Tours sells a third party product and provides transportation to and from the excursion starting point. They lacked a bit of organization in the drop off/ pick up before and after the actual excursion, but remedied quickly. Don't waste your money on the extra fee for the golf cart tour. Its only 45 minutes and you don't get any appreciable time at punta sur.

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Great Experience
AMANDA - 1 month ago Xcaret Plus Tour

Getting set up with Happy Tours to visit Xcaret in Mexico was easy and affordable. Great customer service! Would highly recommend.

JUHUA ZHU - 2 months ago Xcaret Plus Tour

It was a fun excursion for us 4 adults and 3 kids. The pick up and drop off were done on time and professionally. Communication via whatsapp was answered promptly. Highly recommend.


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