El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey), Cancun

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Conveniently located in the heart of Cancun's hotel zone, El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey) represent the remains of a former Mayan fishing port. The settlement reached its peak in the post-classic period, from 1200 to 1500 AD. Explore the stone ruins sprawled across the site, contrasting the hotels and resorts in the background. While visiting the historic site, you'll spot a staggering amount of iguanas that inhabit the place, as well as some colorful birds. Our Cancun driving holiday planner makes visiting El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey) and other Cancun attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • very few architectures but extremely interesting, ideal to learn a bit of history about the Maya.
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  • I would recommend stopping at El Ray. The Cancun bus will stop there. It cost us $15 for 4 people to get in. The ruins are small. There are a LOT of iguanas. There are signs that now say not to feed t...  more »
  • A very easy place to visit because of its location and its extension, but not so lets enjoy the hike learn a little of the history of the people who inhabited the area some years ago.
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  • This is one of the most underrated and least publicized archeological site in Cancun. It is walkable distance from most of the resorts. It is easily accessible and easily identifiable site. We paid the ticket price, however we were not issued any ticket. Hope the money is put to good use. Site is one of the well preserved. Mostly less crowded. You can spend time and get to touch the ancient structures.
  • These ruins are worth a quick visit if you're in the area. The cost is 50 pesos, and in honesty, you can walk the grounds in 15 minutes. There's not really an explanation of anything, but there is a guided tour available, which there is someone to sell it to you after you enter, but it's more of a Mayan history type tour. There are iguanas on the property, usually somewhere in the back area on the taller structures. You are not able to climb the taller ones, only the ones with a one level foundation.
  • It is not a large site but it does have many different areas to see. Admission is inexpensive, about $5 US per person, and it is easy to get to on the bus and not as crowded as many of the larger sites. If you are staying on hotel row it is a must see.
  • Small collection of Mayan ruins right in zona hotelera in Cancun. They are neither as dramatic or as picturesque as the more famous ruins all over the rest of the yucatan peninsula such as in Tulum or Chichen Itza. However, being conveniently located right in the touristy heart of Cancun, they are worth a visit for people who either don't have the time or the inclination to visit the more popular ruins farther away. The ruins are the remnants of a smallish settlement of about 47 excavated buildings that are thought to have come up in the 13th century and abandoned with the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th. It takes about twenty minutes to half an hour to take a stroll through the site. In addition to the remnants of the stone structures that used to be homes and temples, another popular attraction here is the plethora of iguanas that now call the place home. You can see them popping up all over the ruins, some even leisurely sunning themselves along the stone outcrops. Entry fee is about 45 pesos. There is an hour long tour available for 200 pesos for anyone who wants a more in depth knowledge about the history of the place. Worth your time for a nice leisurely walk through some history.
  • Cost 50 Pesos per person. Takes about 15 minutes to see all of it. Easy to walk, all one elevation. Lots of iguanas.

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