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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  • This small archeological site is well-worth the visit. It is easy to get to on a local bus. It's on Blvd. Kukulcan heading toward the airport. Hire on the local guide who seems to be there every day j...  more »
  • This archaeological site is right in the hotel zone! If you got no time to go to Tulum or peaches, you can take any bus that goes by the hotel zone and leaves you at the door! It is very cute.
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  • Worth visiting if you have time to kill or don't want to visit the bigger ruins. Probably the iguanas are worth seeing. 
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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.