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

4.4 /5
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Had to cancel
Jason - 6 months ago Catamaran to Isla Mujeres

Wouldn’t refund me because we had to cancel because of a sick person.

Trusted Customer - 7 months ago Catamaran to Isla Mujeres

Great experience. Professional! Would definitely recommend.

Beware of the ATVs not kept in good repair
Trusted Customer - 8 months ago Extreme Adventure Tour

Asked the tour guide about putting on pants brought with for ATV rode and was told not necessary. Should wear socks and pants even though tour guide says shorts and water shoes are fine. When told tour guide the ATV was burning leg was not taken seriously. Ended up with what are considered stage 1 level 2 burns (blistered and will leave scarring) the heat shield was not working properly. Had to seek medical attention for burns. Foot rests were also broken on ATV. With the exception of the issues wih ATV and injury had fun ziplining and swimming in cenote. Happy Tours called due to another reason and when told the Happy Tours caller about the burn and havig to seek medical attention got ignored.

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JOSEPH MCKEONE - 8 months ago Xcaret Plus Tour

I use Happy tours for all of my transportation needs .Now that they book excursions, even better. Had no issues booking tours on their website. Very simple and straightforward.

JOSEPH MCKEONE - 8 months ago Chichen Itza Shared Tour

Happy tours was great for booking. No issues. Any questions all you have to do is call and they will help you no problems. Definitely use their service again.

JOSEPH MCKEONE - 8 months ago Catamaran Platinum to Isla Mujeres

First, have correct snorkel vests. Life jacket is not good for snorkeling. Everything was just to rushed. Crew was great. And also platinum is not worth the xtra money. Other tours did exactly what we did. Just a few less people.

Would use the service again
Cesar - 9 months ago Chichen Itza Shared Tour

Overall great experience; they showed up right on time to pick us from and to the airport.

Perfect and way above expectations
IBRAHIM AL QASSAB - 11 months ago Chichen Itza Shared Tour

Everything went perfect as planned. Minod delay at pickup time but overall very enjoyable and much much better thane expected after reading TripAdvisor bad reviews of many other different Tour companies. I would highly recommend HappyTours to anybody who wants to do a tour in Cancún area.

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