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"The Mayans of Yucatan"

Noted for the monumental scale of its structures and intricately decorated facades, the ruins of Ek Balam evoke visions of a once-flourishing capital city. A little off the beaten path, not far from the better-known Chichen Itza, Ek Balam reached its zenith between 770 to 840 CE. Although it was inhabited right from the Preclassic to the Late-Classic period, Ek Balam is most revered for the insight it offers into the traditions, lifestyle and customs of the northerners during the Classic Period, as this represents the heyday of this Yucatec Maya city. A mammoth pyramid is the centerpiece of the Acropolis, towering high above the scene surrounded by defensive walls, altars and gates that are richly embellished with stucco patterns and motifs. The ornamentation of the tomb of Ukit-Kan-Lek-Tok is especially generous, complete with detailed and vivid full-figure statues. There are also some fine murals and exceptional examples of calligraphy to explore. Although the site is quite extensive, only the central core has been excavated so far and is open to visitors. It's possible to climb to the top of the pyramid for a dramatic view of the verdant jungles.
Ek Balam, Temozón, Mexico, 97743
"The Mayans of Yucatan"
Noted for the monumental scale of its structures and intricately decorated facades, the ruins of Ek Balam evoke visions of a once-flourishing capital city. A little off the beaten path, not far from the better-known Chichen Itza, Ek Balam reached its zenith between 770 to 840 CE. Although it was inhabited right from the Preclassic to the Late-Classic period, Ek Balam is most revered for the insight it offers into the traditions, lifestyle and customs of the northerners during the Classic Period, as this represents the heyday of this Yucatec Maya city. A mammoth pyramid is the centerpiece of the Acropolis, towering high above the scene surrounded by defensive walls, altars and gates that are richly embellished with stucco patterns and motifs. The ornamentation of the tomb of Ukit-Kan-Lek-Tok is especially generous, complete with detailed and vivid full-figure statues. There are also some fine murals and exceptional examples of calligraphy to explore. Although the site is quite extensive, only the central core has been excavated so far and is open to visitors. It's possible to climb to the top of the pyramid for a dramatic view of the verdant jungles.
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