The Mayan City of Angels – Ek Balám

3 May

Having visited most of the major archeological sites of Mexico, Teotihuacán in Mexico City, the Great Pyramid in Cholula, Monte Albán in Oaxaca, Palenque, Tulum, Cobá, Chichén Itzá, Tikal in Guatemala and many minor amazing ruins in our area, I was so surprised by Ek Balám. The site is north of Valladolid with the vast majority unexcavated. It almost looks fake, like a Disney replica. But it isn’t.

The mouth of the jaguar. Undoubtedly designed to scare off enemies. Very impressive.

The mouth of the jaguar. Undoubtedly designed to scare off enemies. Very impressive.

Ek Balám is noted for its images of “angels”.

Feathered humans?

Winged humans?

The detail is amazing. I imagine it was a pretty sweet place to live if you were high enough on the food chain.

Mayan hut.

Mayan hut with the angel top left.

Lisa points the way.

Lisa points the way.

We couldn’t pass on this photo op.

I wish I got the picture of one of these guys heading out on his motorcycle, loin cloth flapping.

I wish I got the picture of one of these guys heading out on his motorcycle, loin cloth flapping.

One thing Ek Bálam had that was unusual was a large cenote, sink hole. Lisa took the opportunity to zip-line across and repel down.

One way to get her in the cold water.

One way to get her in the cold water.

We felt very privileged to be able to take our time and really enjoy this sacred place. What was it like back in its day? It’s hard to imagine.

Next stop the magical city of Izamal. DOS TORTAS

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6 Responses to “The Mayan City of Angels – Ek Balám”

  1. LJones May 3, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    I can’t wait to see this place! Love love the quote…abrazos from Playa:)

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  2. emilievardaman May 3, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

    I haven’t been to any of the Mayan archeological sites. One day, perhaps. Three times in Guatemala and I never made it to Tikal! Fourth trip?

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    • afish25 May 3, 2015 at 6:20 pm #

      We keep running into Europeans and Australians who have vacationed in the U.S. and been to places we haven’t. Seems we’re all more interested in a country that is not our own.

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  3. Lisa May 3, 2015 at 6:05 pm #

    I am here again today and loved it just as much. Although no repelling or zip lining done today. Very few people there. It was like a private tour

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  4. Ellen Heath May 4, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

    I just absolutely adore this blog. Thank you for sharing your adventures.

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    • afish25 May 5, 2015 at 8:57 am #

      So glad you enjoy the blog. You get extra points for commenting. Plus a hug. 👩‍❤️‍👩🙏🏽🌞😎💃🏻

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