The sculptures and temple of Ek’ Balam have a life of there own. Dating back to as early as 700 to 1200 BC the site was first occupied from the middle pre-classic through to the post-classic era, around 100BC.
The main temple at Ek’ Balam is enormous. It stretches over 500 feet long and 200 feet wide. The vast structural size still bewilders many experts today, who marvel at how the Mayans built this temple such a long time ago.
The details of Ek’ Balam are incredibly unique, and not seen anywhere else at other sites. Aside from its huge dimensions, what makes this temple ruin so incredible is artistry and highly decorated walls consisting of sculptures within.
Thanks to extensive restoration at the site, visitors can see the open doorway beneath the temple, which leads to the underworld and the open mouth with giant teeth, also known as the Witz Moster Teeth.
When observing the well preserved and exquisitely crafted sculptures and arches, the brilliance of the Mayans becomes apparent. Some items show the ritualistic lotus position of figures, while others seem to be reminiscent of blood rituals and sacrificed enemies.
If you want to experience Ek’ Balam in all its glory, without swarms of people, try visiting in the morning! It’s even more enjoyable if you have a tour guide to explain the archaeology history of the site.
Prices at Ek’ Balam are slightly cheaper than Chichen Itza at 211 pesos for adults and 70 pesos for children, although young children are often allowed in for free.