Ek’ Balam and Ukit Kan Lek Tok’

Travelling is interesting. I had tried for days to figure out how to get to Ek’Balam and had read dozens of chat threads. It’s only 24 km. from Valladolid, and it turns out that the easiest way is to go to the crossroad of Calle 44 and Calle 37 where the colectivos to Ek’Balam leave from. This is just something one has to find out – from hotels or the tourist office or word of mouth. The drivers stand on the corner and ask if you want to go to Ek’Balam – when there are 4 people then the taxi leaves. I got provisions and was blessed by having a taxi ready, waiting for the 4th person (Me!)

The main temple where the king was buried

Wikipedia writes: “From the Preclassic until the Postclassic period, Ek’Balam was the seat of a Mayan kingdom.
The site is noted for the preservation of the plaster on the tomb of Ukit Kan Lek Tok’, a king buried in the side of the largest pyramid.”

Ek’Balam looking out over the site

Ek’Balam is so different than Chichen Itzá. This is The Jaguar – the energy of the Divine Feminine, the mystical, the night. It is surrounded by trees and feels enclosed, hidden and there were so few people. I climbed to the top of the main pyramid and enjoyed the glorious view. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience this place!

The Jaguar!

There is a little “bus stop” in the parking lot, with benches and shade. You then wait until there are enough people for a taxi back to town. We were two people waiting and after 20 minutes I asked the other traveller if he wanted to split a taxi back. He had already done about 10 Sudokus so he was more than pleased to share the ride (36 kroner each).