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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 #20 of 84 attractions in Cancun
Type: Ancient Ruins
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

A small ruin site that still is important. Amazing that there are A LOT of hotels around the site. We stayed in Puerto Morelos which is a short drive away and gave us something to do. These ruins are covered in lizards, big ones little ones, some came right up to us, others ran away. We brought bananas to feed... More

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Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We have come here several times. Good morning trip. Bring bread to feed the iguana's. I got one to eat it right out of my hand! $4 pp. You can get a guided tour or just walk around on your own. I would recommend if you don't want to spend a whole day on an excursion but still want to... More

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Rochester, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

$4 gets you in. It is with-in the hotel zone, pretty far south on the "7". Not much information, but a chance to see some ruins if you can not make it to the big ones. Plenty of Iguanas around. Across the road is Playa Delfines. Nice beach to spend some time at.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

An under advertised, almost hidden gem. If you are staying in the Hotel Zone, it is only a dollars bus ride and a $4.50 entry fee. There are no tour guides or souvenir hawkers. We spent 2 1/2 hours at this site. The map at the beginning needs a little help but there are information plaques at the more significant... More

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Pontiac, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Stop by this small Ruins for a quick preview of what all of the ruins offer! Close to all the Hotels in the Hotel Zone, no real travel involved. Just hop on the Bus and ride to the site. We went to Tulum several years ago - beautiful spot with extensive Ruins. Older now, and el ray is fun to... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

There are some ruins, but they are small and not very interesting. But I liked wild iguanas! Though it's not bad for the first acquaintance with the mayan culture, but it is much better to visit Tulum of Chichen-Itza.

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Longueuil, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

El Rey ruins are certainly not what one could call a 'major' site, especially compared to others like Chichen Itza, Coba, Calakmul, Uxmal, etc., but they remain interesting for those with little experience in Mayan archaeological sites. The site itself is quite large but the ruins themselves are not particularly impressive. Nevertheless, the fact that thousands of iguanas have elected... More

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Sabaneta, Colombia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

El Rey is the "poor man's" tour of Mayan the many Mayan ruins in Quintana Roo & Yucutan. Not the same "wow factor" as visiting one of the larger ruins like Tulum. But a 9 peso 15 minute bus ride will deliver you to the door step of Mayan culture... and 43 pesos will get you inside. Makes for some... More

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Rockford, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This was a pretty cool ruins site tucked away in the hotel zone. It's not a very big site and we walked the whole thing in about 30 minutes or so but it was still pretty cool to see such old structures tucked away in such a busy area of Cancun. Overall a pretty cool thing to check out and... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

This is the cheapest and easiest way to walk around the historical ruins - you can get the R1 bus along the hotel zone for 50p. Nice quiet walk around el rey ruins with the added bonus of seeing loads of iguanas too.

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