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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TripAdvisor
  • Ruins is right....but nothing worth looking at. Lots of iguana's though. As an amateur photographer, I spent more time taking pictures of iguanas than the ruins. 
  • Para quem curte ruinas, vale muito a pena conhecer, sem contar as diferentes e lindas iguanas que vivem no local. 
  • Quelques ruines mais on n'y apprend rien. Tout près des hotels, entrée à 50 pesos (2,5$ USD). Pour voir des iguanes, par contre, c'est le spot idéal ! Aucune explication sur le site (pancartes, lectur...  more »
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  • El Rey is a small archeological site with several ruins of Mayan structures in a small area. Combined with a trip to San Miguelito is an excellent alternative to spending 5 hours on a bus to visit Chitin Itza.
  • You cannot compare it to Chichen Itza but if you don't want to go so far from Cancun, visiting El Rey is a good option. Peacefully located at the end of the Hotel Zone makes it easy to access. Better to visit in the morning when the sun is still not that strong.
  • Visited Aug. 28. 2016 - Nice and tranquil walk through out the ruins... Employees polite and courteous.
  • Pretty uninteresting. Late classical, no decorations, just stone buildings. Okay for a quick visit, if you have too much time on your hands.
  • I recommend any and all Mayan archeological areas and ruins of all sizes to visitors of Mexico.