Ek Balam & Valladolid

Photosafari - Private Tour

If you are looking for a half day experience that includes 2 Folkloric Destinations, where you will get a good taste of cultural and historical experience this may be your choice.

Quick Info

Pick up time: 8:00 am
Drop Off time: 7:30 pm
Actual Duration: 11.5 hrs.
Private Group: min 2, max 8 people
Pick up points:
Playa, Tulum, All Riviera Maya
Prices According to group size
From US $310.00 pp. / Child US $70.00 pp.

Visit with your family and friends Ek Balam and the magical town of Valladolid.

If you are looking for a private experience that includes 2 Folkloric Destinations, where you will get a good taste of cultural and historical experience this may be your choice. Visit with your chosen ones the Ruins of Ek Balam and the magical town of Valladolid.


We will discover life as it’s lived every day in Valladolid. This town is part of the Magical Villages Programme” which is an initiative led by the Mexican tourism department. To display influential towns in Mexico based on their natural beauty, cultural riches, or historical relevance to the country. Valladolid offers from colonial-era churches and architecture to natural wonders. Funded by the Christian missionaries between 1552 and 1560.
Valladolid will embrace you. The whole point of visiting this ancient Colonial Town is to provide you with a glimpse of life in a more profound way.


Having lunch in Valladolid is an experience you can’t let pass. “Yucatecan” gastronomy stands out for its harmonious combination of fresh tastes, colors, and scents, which make its typical dishes a worthy representative of the cultural richness. Let yourself enjoy the environment and feel the Yucatecan generosity in one of the most beautiful towns in Mexico.


At the perfect time when the sun is going down, we will explore Ek Balam. it was the seat of a Mayan kingdom.From the Preclassic until the Postclassic period. 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.

It eventually became the capital of the polity that controlled the region around the beginning of the Common Era. The Oval Palace contained burial relics and its alignment is assumed to be connected to cosmological ceremonies. The layout of the site is surrounded by two concentric walls which served as a defense against attack.
Ek Balam is a magnificent archaeological Site in which you can still climb to its top and make awesome landscape photography from the treetops of the Mayan jungle. It’s also a great place to visit because it’s not crowded as other ruins.



  • Unique photographic opportunities
  • A Photo Shoot from a professional photographer during the experience.

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  • Unique Experience
    This was an excellent tour that lasted 12 hours and was extremely unique. After doing research into the best activities for my girlfirend and i, I stumbled upon Mario's company. Mario supplied us with our own professional grade cameras and taught us to use them so that we could keep the memory sticks ourselves (…) extremely personal experience that allowed us to keep the memories forever.
    I HIGHLY recommend using Bushman Photography if you do not want to get stuck in a huge group of tourists, doing cliche things (…) The food provided was also a pleasant surprise. 5/5 would reccomend to anyone.
    Najib W.
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  • "Experience this unique photo safari. Highly recommended."
    It is a great choice for a different trip. I knew nothing about nature photography and learned a lot, I even have a couple of photos that were incredible. My girlfriend who had more knowledge, learnt new techniques and reaffirmed what she already knew. We met in a single day; cenotes, incredible ruins, the jungle, walked Tulum and take a boat in booking Siankaan to finish on an island. In each place we took spectacular pictures of animals, landscapes, nature and people. We were lucky to see a sunset with hundreds of birds flying above us. The tour includes lunch and took us to a very nice restaurant open, spectacular air in Tulum. Mario was an exceptional guide with the patience to teach about photography, in my case and in the case of my girlfriend much support and shared their knowledge and tips. I recommend it.
    Virgilio B.
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  • Awesome experience!
    We we able to access Chichén Itzá before it was open to the public. I have to say that this was a magic experience for me and my wife; the peace, the quietness but at the same time the voices of the jungle were there.
    I definitely recommend taking a tour with this guys. Our guide was an expert both on the touristic sites and I'm shooting outdoors.
    A perfect 10
    Juan R
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  • "A wonderful day"
    I went with my husband and two friends to tour the cenote and lagoon. Besides having learned a lot about photography, we visited magical and non-touristy places. Mario is an excellent guide. We're thinking about taking another of their tours!!
    Marti Mexico
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  • "I loved It!!!"
    Photo, culture, nature, history, and peace are things that live in this great experience. I like photography but had never taken a class. I learnt a lot with Bushman besides having spent an amazing d time. Eager to repeat it many times ... super recommended!
    Daniela M
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  • Amazing Tour-photography- Excellent Teachers!
    Thank you for taking your time to share your knowledge with me. This tour is amazing, enjoying the wildlife in a Safe place, get the best moments in the Camera and my own memory, I am Totally glad with this experience!!!!
    Magz G
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  • I highly recommend this tour!
    We did both days and so glad that we did. Mario and Paulina were very professional and showed us some incredible places! We had done a photo tour before that we thought was amazing until this one! It was truly an unforgettable experience and would love to do another tour with Bushman Photography and Mario and Paulina on our next visit!
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  • Incredible experience. One of the best tours I have taken!

    I would recommend this tour to anyone and everyone. The staff are well organized, friendly, attentive, professional, positive and obviously passionate for their art. They provide one on one attention with an easy and understandable explanation of the features and settings of the camera. The sites visited are unique and interesting and looking at them through the lense gives you a whole new perception of the world around you. Snacks and food provided were of high quality and delicious. I left the tour with a sense of accomplishment and a new life skill.

    Thank you so much for the incredible experience. I hope to be able to participate in this experience again in the future!

    Jay _Kay333
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  • Unforgettable!

    I had never participate to a photo safari and it was an unforgettable experience, how to perfectly combine the discover of amazing places with photography, Mario the guide super nice showed us how to handle with a profesional camera and brought us to the best places in Tulum, cenotes, ruins, the lagoon at the sunset .. amazing food at coqui coqui, he also took pictures of us which sent us the day after! excellent service, totally recommended!

    Stenfania B.
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