El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey), Cancun

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#1 of 10 in Historic Sites in Cancun
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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  • In summary only serves to take the photo and say already I was, there are no parking, the staff (one) dreadful local tourists.
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  • This was ok few ruins of old buildings nothing spectacular spent more time looking at the iguanas that have moved in, bit of fun to pass the time.  more »
  • This is a great little ruin. It clearly showed the architecture of the Mayans and was not extremely crowded. I was able to take pictures without other people in them. There were lots of iguanas baskin...  more »
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  • A go at your own pace type of adventure. Between $5-$8 USD per adult for entrance. But enough grounds to feel excited but not so big that you're overwhelmed. This is all outdoors so wear your sunscreen, bring a hat and sunglasses, and drink those fluids! Added bonus, there are iguanas EVERYWHERE! Very cool! Great experience!
  • Iguanas! Great place for guaranteed sightings. Some of them looked pretty big. The ruins vary from half height to only foundations and there are no fully reconstructed buildings. It's no Chicken Pizza, but worth an after trip on the local public trans. There was a guide available for a fee.
  • 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.
  • Very interesting location and the museum is very informative and nice. My favorite thing was the wild iguanas, and walking is the tropical forest atmosphere. Almost no one else was there.

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