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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  • Iguanas are everywhere here! It was very cute. The ruins are not much to look at, and very little information is provided about them. Worth visiting for the Iguanas alone. It is about $3 to enter. Not...  more »
  • Thought would visit here as it was fairly local and wanted to venture outside of the resort, we went at a bad time as it was the middle of the day and was scorching! There wasn't much shade here so we...  more »
  • Definitely worth the $3.00 usd to enter. Well kept lawns as you walk around the ruins with some info at a few of the sites. 1 to 2 hours to go thru the ruins  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great site, but visitors would benefit from aadditional signs in order to learn about the area/people.
  • 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.