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El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey)

Blvd Kukulcan Km 17 | Zona Hotelera, Cancun 77500, Mexico
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Ranked #14 of 59 Attractions in Cancun
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: The past meets the present in this ancient Mayan structure located right in the middle of Cancun's Hotel Zone.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

First ruins i;ve visited in Mexico, I was expecting something different. Is really small site . Worth to see if you're in the area: it doesn't take too long to visit and then you have beautiful beaches around...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 via mobile

If you do not want to take long coach journeys to the more popular Mayan historic sights, this is in the hotel zone and walking distance from many of the beach front hotels. Otherwise get a local bus for less than 10 peso per journey per person. Well worth the visit and, afterwards, cross the road (carefully) and take in... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Centrally located for those in hotel zone in Cancun. Great for those not wanting to take longer bus rides in the heart of Cancun hotel zone. Not as large as the other sites out of town but worthwhile going of you have limited time in Cancun and want to experience Mayan ruins in closer proximity to the hotel zone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We've been coming to Cancun for several years and have walked by this place countless time with out dropping in. I'm disappointed we didn't Visit sooner. A must visit self guided walking Tour will take you 1 hour or you can use a Guide. Well worth the time to get in touch with the Myan Culture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

First of all, these ruins are not that big. If your looking for chichen itza, this isn't it. That being said, it's right in the heart of the hotel zone, super handy. Cost 43 pesos to get in. If nothing else, It's worth stopping by just to see the iguanas

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

El-Rey was the inhabited by the Mayans as early as 900 AD, well worth a look & massive Iguanas roam around the grounds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

El Rey was named for the ceremonial mask and skull found on the site to honor the Mayan Sun God and over the years further excavations have incited speculation over the ruins history. Although, the El Rey Ruins are not as large in size when compared to Chichen Itza, many visitors enjoy taking pictures of the hundreds of Iguanas that... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

About the only good thing that can be said about this site is that it is nearby It is nothing like the impressive sites inland.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Amazing place to see while in Cancun. Why spend hours on a bus to see Mayan ruins when they are right in the hotel district of Cancun. We walked on and around during our visit and thoroughly enjoyed the view. We arrived early enough to be the only visitors for about 40 minutes. Well worth the $4.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I visited the ruins because it was a short walk from my hotel. The ruins are easily accessible by bus. There is little parking close by. One small pyramid and two platforms with columns are the highlights of the site. Hundreds of iguanas call the ruins home and they can blend into the ruins. There were very few visitors when... More

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