From Pueblo to Pueblo,  Mexico

Day trip to the Maya Ruins of Ek’ Balam and Coba

We took our bikes for a ride from Cancun through Yucatan to the impressive pyramid of Ek’ Balam and after that all the way to Coba Archaeological site passing through the historical city of Valladolid.

An awesome trip.

It took us over 3 hours to get to Ek’ Balam, since we take rural roads and pass through plenty of villages. And after that, we drove to Coba. A more popular tourist site, but I wonder why since the pyramid of Ek’balam is more impressive and you can actually climb it, overlooking the landscape and other structures build in the forest.

The entrance fee for Ek’ Balkam is higher (495 pesos, free parking) than it is for Coba (80 pesos + 40 pesos parking fee), but you can combine your day trip with a visit to the next door Cenote.

Although the roads in Quintana Roo are straight and boring, we had some fun encounters on our ride, we saw vultures, a bull at a gas station which we found again later on the road, goats crossing the road and we passed some awesome churches. We had two checkpoints, well actually more, but two where we were stopped.

So although the roads are long and monotone, the ride was worthwhile, I love all the butterflies that fly with me for a while, they are so bright-colored, shame you can’t see them on the camera.

You just have to take my word for it.

But if it were up to me, I would not spend money on Coba, and ask my tour guide to take me to Ek’Balam, a smaller site, but so much more impressive.

Well, see for yourself!

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Jeanette, a Dutch female nomad, started to travel the world at the age of 17. Walker of beaches, shell searcher, and iPhone photographer. Always horizon bound preferably on a motorcycle. Currently, she lives in a desert village in Baja California Sur in Mexico. She is an emigration coach and works online.