Thursday, 26 May 2016

Ek' Balam

About 25 kms or a 150 peso cab ride from Valladolid, you will find the ruins of Ek' Balam.
It is one of the most recently excavated Maya sights in the Yucatan, apparently unearthed in 1997 or so.
There are still a lot of structures buried in the jungle, and you can still climb all over these ones. Noblex and Ektar film.
Pictures top to bottom:
1- The Acropolis from the bottom. Under the palapa roofs are amazing stucco sculptures.
2- The Twins with the steps to the Oval Palace and a lens flare.
3- Overview from the Oval Palace with the Entrance Arch, The Twins, part of the Ball Court and the Acropolis
4- Ball Court and a piece of one of The Twins
5- The tomb of Ukit Kan Le'k Tok and the amazing stucco carvings, (hidden under the upper roof of the Acropolis)



Sunday, 8 May 2016

Valladolid Mexico

We stopped here for lunch one day and decided to return a few days later. Neat little town, definitely worth a visit.
We spent the day walking around looking at old churches and buildings before heading to Ek-Balam for the afternoon. I would go back, just to visit the local cenote and see some other historical buildings we missed. Plus the Cochinita Pibil was delicious.
Catedral de San Gervasio, Iglesia de Santa Ana, Calle 38 near 47, and Iglesia San Juan. Valladolid Mexico. Noblex.