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El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey)

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Address: Blvd Kukulcan Km 17 | Zona Hotelera, Cancun 77500, Mexico
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Description: The past meets the present in this ancient Mayan structure located right...
The past meets the present in this ancient Mayan structure located right in the middle of Cancun's Hotel Zone.
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In Cancun for Spring Break and thought about doing a day trip to Chichen Itza ruins, but the 3-hour one way ride really deterred my kids. So, I found this ruin right in hotel... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

In Cancun for Spring Break and thought about doing a day trip to Chichen Itza ruins, but the 3-hour one way ride really deterred my kids. So, I found this ruin right in hotel zone, easily accessible by bus (R1, R2 etc); even walking distance from some nearby hotels/resorts. It may be smaller than other ruins, but serve the purpose,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Admission was $4 per adult; kids free. The iguanas are fun and there are placards that explain the ruins. There is a bus stop in front and a fun beach across the street. Go early because it gets HOT. Took great pictures. Tours are available, again at bargain prices.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW via mobile

These ruins were right across from our resort in the hotel zone. The admission was $45 pesos for adults and children were free. These ruins are not nearly as extensive as the well known ones like Tulum or Chicheniza, but they were a great introduction to Mayan history for our children, who would have found a long tour too much.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

It was a very very hot sunday, it was free entrance, I remember feeling the heat coming out of the ruins, most of them seemed abandoned or incomplete, I felt like I needed to rest under a place away from the heat waves. I saw very few people visiting, also some iguanas enjoying the sun on the contrary of myself,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

We wanted to go to chichen itza but when youre on a short vacation, spending an entire day on a 3 hr bus ride to and from Chichen itza does not sound fun! I saw el rey in the trip advisor reviews and decided it would be a great option to see ruins without blowing a whole day. We got... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Many moons ago I saw El Rey for the first time (30 years ago). We used to have to walk through the jungle on a muddy path and at the end there was a small booth that was usually empty and a slot to insert some pesos. The site was otherworldly and absolutely covered with iguanas back then. I got... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We chose this place as it was a few minutes from Crown Paradise versus taking an hour + bus ride. The ruins were perfect for the kids. Cost of admission is $4 per adult and we took our own walking tour. We spent less than an hour here and most of the time was spent taking pictures of all the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We walked across the street from Crown Paradise to visit the ruins. Make sure you have pesos for the inexpensive admission fee. We skipped the private guided tour ($20 USD) and just walked the property on our own. The were some signs explaining the history of the site, but mainly we just wanted to spend a few hours seeing ruins... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

No need to leave the island to see Mayan ruins. They are right here ! In this historic site there are pyramids, palaces, administrative areas, wells, shopping malls, home sites and playas for for games . Great area for kids or adults to learn .The Temple area is also in good condition. The entrance is inexpensive and it's on the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

See this mini historical ruins if you have time.. I was able to climb on them so I got some amazing photos there.

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