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Ek Balam is located in northeastern Yucatán about 70 kilometers by road from Chichen Itza. In ancient times, it was a large city, controlling a populous and prosperous countryside. Its impressive architecture dates, for the most part, to the Late Classic. In this view from the Acropolis (Structure 1), we see the Oval Palace straight ahead and other structures of the South Plaza. Just out of the picture to either side are the large pyramid mounds of Structures 2 and 3.