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Private Tour: Ek Balam, Pink Flamingos Sanctuary and Tequila Tasting Factory from Cancun

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Cancun, Mexico

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 5 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

See the ancient Maya city of Ek Balam, a migratory bird sanctuary, and a tequila factory on a full-day, private tour from Cancun that goes off the beaten track to explore the Yucatan’s history, wildlife, and culture. This 12-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Cancun, entrance fees, and a boat trip through the Gulf Coast mangroves.
  • Full-day, private Yucatan tour from Cancun
  • See the city of Ek Balam
  • Boat trip through a bird sanctuary
  • Tequila tasting
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Entrance fees included
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Private transportation
Entrance Fee
Pirivate boat
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
all hotels

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Begin with pickup at your hotel in Cancun, and travel to Ek Balam in a private car, passing the historic, 'Pueblo Magico' town of Valladolid. El Balam — whose Maya name translates to ‘black jaguar’ — is well-preserved and exquisite, and the perfect place to visit an ancient city away from the crowds. See the forbidding sculptures that guard the ‘kingdom of the dead,’ and climb the side of Ek Balam’s largest pyramid to see bright plaster decorations and reflecting pools.

Continue to the Gulf Coast, which is among Mexico’s most important places for migratory birds, and travel along the shoreline in a small boat. See Cayman crocodiles along the edge of the mangroves, and steer past great flocks of flamingoes that feed in the salt-rich, shallow water.

Make the final stop of the day at a local tequila factory, where you can follow the production process from beginning to end and taste Mexico’s national spirit. After the tequila tasting, make the return trip to Cancun for drop-off at your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ek Balam
You will be picked up early in the morning and head to visit the famous archaeological site, lost in the jungle - Ek Balam (translated from the Mayan language "black jaguar"). Here, you will see the mysterious "angels" sculptures who guard the entrance to the "kingdom of the dead" in the form of the mouth of a rattlesnake. From the Preclassic until the Postclassic period, it 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.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Las Coloradas
Then, you will visit the Gulf Coast to ride in a small boat in one of the most beautiful nature reserves of the Yucatan Peninsula. Sailing mangroves, you'll watch a reserve of birds in their natural habitat. You will see the Cayman crocodiles, and you will watch flocks of pink flamingos in their sanctuary. After a walk around the park a natural spa will be waiting for you.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Mayapan Traditional Agave Distillery
The culmination of the tour will be visiting of tequila factory where you can see the tequila production process and taste this wonderful drink. At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Rio Lagartos
Sailing mangroves, you'll watch a reserve of birds in their natural habitat. You will see the Cayman crocodiles, and you will watch flocks of pink flamingos in their sanctuary.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Bring sunscreen, insect repellent and a hat
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Trip To Mexico

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Ek Balam, Pink Flamingos Sanctuary and Tequila Tasting Factory from Cancun?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Ek Balam, Pink Flamingos Sanctuary and Tequila Tasting Factory from Cancun.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Ek Balam, Pink Flamingos Sanctuary and Tequila Tasting Factory from Cancun?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Ek Balam, Pink Flamingos Sanctuary and Tequila Tasting Factory from Cancun.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Ek Balam, Pink Flamingos Sanctuary and Tequila Tasting Factory from Cancun?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Ek Balam, Pink Flamingos Sanctuary and Tequila Tasting Factory from Cancun.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Ek Balam, Pink Flamingos Sanctuary and Tequila Tasting Factory from Cancun?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Ek Balam, Pink Flamingos Sanctuary and Tequila Tasting Factory from Cancun.

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  • "It's never a sure bet if you will see them or get close enough so take a longer lens if you hope to capture them in photos." See review

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MizLou
, Nov 2017
We read other reviews and requested Raul for our tour and we are glad we did. He gave us flavor and history all in a believable down to earth way. He was truly a joy to talk with. Our tour was perfect and the added visit to the salt flats was interesting. The visit to Ek Balam was interesting and a nice addition to the other tours we've taken of the Mayan ruins around the Yucatan. One motivator for us taking this trip was the Pink Flamingos sanctuary. The driver on our boat whipped it around right away to get us close to an alligator wading around and went to extremes to try to get us close to the flamingos. It's never a sure bet if you will see them or get close enough so take a longer lens if you hope to capture them in photos. He took us close to shore to capture more wildlife and grabbed an interesting looking prehistoric creature from the water to show us. Lunch at a local restaurant was a nice addition. The side trip to the Tequila factory wasn't really the factory but stood in for it long ago but still fun to see. Be sure you take money to tip your tour driver, boat driver, guide and waiter at lunch.
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Lora N
, Oct 2017
This was a wonderful experience. Our guide, Raul, Trip to Mexico was so knowledgeable and so much fun. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with him. We not only learned so much about the experiences that were part of the tour but also about the Mexican culture and way of life. I strongly recommend this tour and ask for Raul, he was wonderful!
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