Yucatán: Archaeological attractions
Ek Balam is located 26 km north of Valladolid and 186 km east of Mérida. "Black or dark Jaguar", possessor of majestic constructions hidden among large trees, has resurfaced from the past to reveal some of its secrets. Ek Balam has 45 structures and is surrounded by two concentric stone walls plus one that links the central buildings. It has a ball game, a very beautiful arch where a sacbé (white path) ended, which in ancient times connected the Mayan kingdoms; we can also find stelae and the so-called hieroglyphic serpents, which are beautifully carved monuments in blocks of stone. The structures meet several architectural styles but there are details that make them unique, like images with wings that resemble angels.
It is located at km 14 of the Mérida-Progreso highway. It was one of the great urban centers that flourished in the north of the Yucatan Peninsula, standing out as one of the oldest cities, as there are data that confirm its existence from 500 BC to 1500 AD. It covers around 17 square km in which there must have been more than 8 thousand architectural structures. The city conserves 12 sacbés or white roads, most of which depart from the center and go towards the constructions of the periphery; one of them leads to the cenote Xlakáh, which in Mayan means "Old Town" and from which objects of bone, stone and wood have been rescued. The most outstanding building in this area is the Temple of the Seven Dolls. Through its central door you can see a solar phenomenon each equinox.
Uxmal is located to the southwest, in the direction of Campeche, 80 km from Mérida. Known as "The Three Times Built", it is one of the archaeological sites of the Mayan culture whose architecture is one of the most impressive in Yucatan. Its beauty is characterized by having low and horizontal palaces, placed around courtyards or quadrangles, which are rich in decorations of very detailed sculptures made with thousands of small stones perfectly polished and adjusted forming geometric mosaics of a perfection not equal in the whole area Maya. The city consists of 15 groups of buildings, distributed from north to south, in an area of approximately two kilometers.
It is located in the southeast 33 km from Mérida. There are nine cenotes and two caves in the municipality. In the main square you can visit the two restored Mayan buildings: the Pyramid and the Palace of the Stuccos. On the eastern side of the main square is a colonial church built in the sixteenth century, whose altar venerates the Virgin of Guadalupe. In Acanceh, the importance of the preservation of ancient monuments for the enrichment of the physiognomy of modern populations is highlighted, as well as the fact that their rescue increases the tourist interest of the population.
Considered still as a place of pilgrimage and worship to the Virgin of X'Cambó, who according to tradition more than 50 years ago appeared on the site, so it is venerated in a chapel built on pre-Hispanic buildings. In addition to its historical importance, it is a point located even within a natural and ecological environment. In May of each year the Virgin Mary is celebrated. The party in his honor is very typical and colorful. It is located 6 km from Telchac Puerto and 2 km from the coast, almost on the Progreso-Telchac highway.