Ek’ Balam or Black Jaguar
Favorite thing: Ek' Balam is a Yucatec-Maya archaeological site in Yucatan. Ek’ Balam was the capital of the Maya Great Talol Empire. It had a population of more than 15,000 inhabitants in 12 square Kms. approximately.
From the Preclassic until the Postclassic period, it was the seat of a Mayan kingdom.
Ek’ Balam was rediscovered and explored first by influential archaeologist Désiré Charnay in the late 1800s but extensive excavation did not take place until a century later. Bill Ringle and George Bey III mapped the site in the late 1980s, and continued to do extensive research into the 1990s, their works being cited by many others who later write on the site. Only the center of Ek’ Balam has been excavated. Large, raised platforms line the interior wall, surrounding internal plazas.
The palm-thatched roof protects the recent archaeological finds.
Mo-Sun: 8:00 to 17:00 hours.
The entrance fee is 100 pesos for foreigners.
You can watch my photo of Ek' Balam on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 20° 53' 15.80" N 88° 8' 9.96" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Ek' Balam.
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Absolutely amazing stone work
Favorite thing: Of all the Mayan and Aztec sites that I have visited, Ek Balam takes the prize hands down for the intricacies of the sculptures that the ancient civilization made. I was facinated that they could perform such exquisite, detailed work. It really shows the care and precision that the Mayans took in creating temples to their gods! They wanted the best, and did it!
More amazing stone work
Favorite thing: Just another example of the fine stone and stucco work that that Mayans performed to adorn their temples and buildings. Absolutely facinating!