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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  • The place is very small does not count with many ruins and some because they are very damaged, yet I believe it is worth going to see it because of the proximity of the hotel zone.
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  • Have been here several times over the years and decided to take a look at the place once again during our vacation to Cancun. The place has expanded since our last visit 10 years ago. It must be at le...  more »
  • It was as a 10-minute walk leaving the hotel this very well for the photo, when we had rained overnight and as pure land and turf as he wore sandals and wet me all feet but photography there worth valio.
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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.

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