archaeology yucatan

Ek Balam is one of the most exciting classic sites in Yucatan Peninsula—and it’s a stone’s-throw from Genesis. Ek Balam was once the political and spiritual heart of northern Yucatan, more powerful even than Chichen Itza. Its acropolis is among the largest pre-Hispanic buildings (by volume) in Meso-America.

EK BALAM

Ek Balam is one of the most exciting classic sites in Yucatan Peninsula—and it’s a stone’s-throw from Genesis. Ek Balam was once the political and spiritual heart of northern Yucatan, more powerful even than Chichen Itza. Its acropolis is among the largest pre-Hispanic buildings (by volume) in Meso-America.   Relatively untouristed, Ek Balam retains its air of nobility, power and mystery. "The White House of Reading", commissioned by one of the city’s last great kings, features almost intact sculptures of rulers and sacred images., The gaping mouth of the Earth “monster”, edged with fangs the size of a forearm, marks the burial site of a great king and his treasures.   Asleep for many centuries, Ek Balam is awakening little by little before the eyes of the world. With or without a guide, enjoy the tranquil energy and natural beauty of this spectacular site.

kubulá

About an hour northeast of Genesis is Kulubá, once closely allied with Ek Balam politically, ideologically and spiritually. Archaeologists are particularly interested in Kuluba’s architecture for understanding the relationship between the Maya, nature and cosmos. All eyes will be on Kulubá in the next decade as dedicated restoration has begun. Parts of the site is open to the public.

chichen itza

While they are here, almost all of our guests make a point of making the 45 minute drive to Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Chichen Itza and Coba, were once governed by the ruling class at Ek Balam and archaeologists are still studying the relationship between these three great centers of advanced knowledge in mathematics, architecture and astronomy. The number of visitors in one week often exceeds the highest population at the city's height of power and the essence of the original marketplace endures, with much haggling over some of the same materials, like obsidian, jade, pottery, hide, fabrics, paper, clothing and food. Ask us for tips on getting to and through this busy site.

cenotes & CAVERNS

To experience the character of the land, cycle or walk from paved secondary roads to well-worn trails past unexcavated ruins, corn fields, untouristed cenotes and ceremonial sites. Trail maps and/or local guide available.

When reserving a room let us know which activities you are most interested in so that we may assist in coordination.