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. By using our Cancun travel itinerary planner, you can arrange your visit to El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey) and other attractions in Cancun.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Ruins are facinating and the property is a good size. The entry fee is next to nothing. It's a great way to see ruins if you don't want to travel to Tulum. We took our camera with us and captured some...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    This step in the hotel zone, for those who are in the area, it is a short and interesting activity.
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  • August 4, 2017
    This is a real ruin smack dab in the Hotel Zone close to Playa Delphines. You can pay a local guide a few bucks to give you a custom tour. It is small but interesting and certainly worth a half hour o...  more »
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  • June 16, 2017
    So peaceful! Get away for a moment in this beautiful spot. Instantly calming. One of my favorite hidden gems so far. $50 pesos to get in. Lots of lizards and not crowded.
  • April 30, 2017
    Surprised that this great site is just sitting by the side of the road. There is a minimalist approach to management which allows you to roam the archialogical site at your leisure. The giant iguanas are all over the place and blend in perfectly. This is a pleasant stop on your visit to Cancun.
  • February 17, 2017
    The ruins here are over a larger area than you might expect. Not many visitors as the hotels would rather you spent money on taking you further afield. But take the bus here for some culture. Real downside is almost total lack of signs to explain what's there. Really should produce even a photocopied leaflet that tourists would spend a few $ to get a better experience.
  • June 13, 2017
    Great site, but visitors would benefit from aadditional signs in order to learn about the area/people.
  • May 17, 2017
    Very relaxing and interesting place to be. Not a whole lot to Dom wish I would have taken the tour so I could learn more about these old structures.

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