This past January my family decided to bond on a week long “inclusive- o” package to Cancun, Mexico on the Yucatan peninsula.
Before hitting the resort and getting totally spoiled, we trod off the beaten path by staying a few nights in the charming town of Valladolid. We skipped going westward with the dozens of tour buses to the famous ruin of Chichen Itza, but instead donned our Indiana Jones attire, and headed 20 miles north to the breathtaking Mayan ruin of Ek’ Balam.
It echoed back to the good old days of tourism. The only ‘vendor’ for refreshments was a single coke machine. Local handcrafted items were under a thatched roof. There were only a handful of other tourists. And everyone who was there was allowed to climb on the ruins, and walk within reach of stone carvings.
The future looked exciting with huge mounds of stone covering future sites to be revealed. What a great find!