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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Independent Feedback based on 25 verified reviews.

Trusted Customer - 12 days ago Cancun Taco Tour

Happy Tours was fine. The Taco Tour. which we have been on before skipped one restaurant. They said they closed. Also, limited time at the park. At the park we only had Charro's. There were many better desert options. Overall, it was fun and a good tour.

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Best Excursion Ever!!!
LAKESHA NATHANIEL - 13 days ago Xplor Fuego Tour

This was the best part of my trip honestly!!! Everything was as described! The food was amazing! The guides from our bus route were awesome and very informative! I will definitely be booking with you all again!!!

MICHELLE JOSHUA - 13 days ago Glass Bottom Boat Cancun

They canceled the day of.

Great staff!
Trusted Customer - 13 days ago Xplor Tour

Easy to book, easy to find your driver, and easy to change your booking with many flight changes! The drivers were great too .. gave their favourite Cenotes and let us stop to get some stuff at the convenience store.

Trusted Customer - 13 days ago Catamaran to Isla Mujeres

We purchased the round trip airport to hotel transfer and the catamaran experience to Isla Mujeres. The pick up in front of our hotel for the excursion was fine. When we got to the catamaran, there was constant upselling by trying to sell us on a “nicer boat” and then selling a cash only add on for golf carts for a 45 minute ride. The boat crew was great but we stopped and towed another broken down boat while on our excursion that added over an hour to our time and we missed our scheduled dinner. Overall, we enjoyed the excursion but I have to only give a 2 due to our airport transfer we purchased from Happy Cancun. We purchased a round trip private transfer from the airport to our hotel and back. Initially, at the airport went ok, but it took almost an hour to get our shuttle. The driver was nice and took us straight to the hotel but dropped us off at the wrong hotel within our complex at Iberostar, even after we told him the correct one so we had to rent a shuttle to get to the right one with all of our bags. The worst experience though was we received email confirmation on our return trip to the airport but the morning of our return, they never showed. After they were 15-20 minutes late and we’re waiting out front to hurry to the airport, we called and they told us that they made a mistake and they didn’t have a driver to come and get us. We had to scramble and found a taxi but spent over $100 to get to the airport just in time so we didn’t miss our flight. They refused to refund the entire amount we paid but only the half that they didn’t provide any service for anyways. We had a very poor experience and they seem like a small company that is just really disorganized so do not trust them to get you where you need on time. I would strongly suggest using a more reputable company and we will not be using Happy Cancun for any future trips to Cancun.

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JAMES KOSINSKI - 13 days ago Catamaran Platinum to Isla Mujeres

We had a great time on the boat snorkeling, and the staff was amazing. We do think the north island and golf cart tour was a waste of time. The private beach was fantastic.

Buen servicio
JOSÉ EDUARDO - 13 days ago Tulum - Cenote Shared Tour

El servicio y los conductores son muy amables, todo muy bien.

Trusted Customer - 24 days ago Xcaret Plus Tour

Booked a Xcaret Plus Tour over the phone and the whole process was really smooth, and slightly cheaper than booking at the hotel. Definitely would use again.


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