Ek' Balam is located about two hours from Tulum (our starting point) or 30 minutes from Valladolid. We had a rental car and found the drive to be very pleasant and straight forward. When you arrive at Ek Balam, there is a lot with free parking. Some locals do hang around and will "protect" your car if you provide them with a couple of pesos. That, however, is totally up to your discretion and we were told, by staff, that your car will be safe either way.
The cost of entry for the site, per person, is comprised of a 123 pesos federal fee and a 64 pesos state fee. In addition to the entry fee, we chose to hire an English speaking guide for a 1.5 hour private tour (600 pesos). Our guide, Juan, was wonderful. He was full of information and did a great job painting a picture of Ek' Balam in its prime and answered the many questions that we had. He was also a master at navigating the shade and keeping us cool on a very hot day.
Arrive early! The site is open from 8am to 5pm. We arrived about 8:30 and we were virtually the only people there.
Make sure to bring water, sunscreen, pesos and to wear sneakers!
Cenote X'Canche is located in close proximity to Ek' Balam. We did not have the time to visit but through research and conversation it was recommended to rent a bicycle or go with a bicycle taxi. The cenote is about a mile walk down a gravel path (remember you have to walk back). The fees are: 30 pesos entrance, 70 pesos for a bicycle rental or bicycle taxi (two person).
Remember to always have pesos when visiting a cenote and bring a mask and snorkel if you have them.