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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 #23 of 86 Attractions in Cancun
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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 October 23, 2014 NEW

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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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

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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Mexico City, Mexico
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Easy to get to on public bus in cancun, but just so drab compared to the big ones in the Yucatan. Small, not impressive. Ok if only opportunity.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is a small arch site in the Hotel Zone. It is a line of ruins that is quite inconsequential. Worst of all there is one sign at the entrance saying what is there. Given the proximity to the hotel zone, they could really use it as an educational site to make people want to go and understand Tulum, Chichen... More

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Cancun, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

There isn't a whole lot to see but for 43 pesos I think it could be worth it. You can climb most of the ruins and it is good for pictures. We spent about an hour and a half and enjoyed it.

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

You should definitely visit these ruins. It is a ceremonial location where most of the structures were constructed of palms and wood, so only the bases remain, but still amazing. Lots of iguanas and it is in the hotel zone! Only $5. This was our fourth trip to the area and the first time we were able to make it.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

It is a small ruin and you can walk around an your own without a guide there are a bunch of iguanas that live in the ruins if you are not afraid of them then like grapes and small pieces of fruit but they will come out of the woodwork and surround you if you do feed them. Nice little... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We walked from our hotel not knowing what to expect and enjoyed seeing these ruins. They are not as big or impressive as Chichen Itza, but it was a short 15 min walk each direction and an enjoyable visit. There are LOTS of iguanas around which was startling once we started realizing how many were laying amongst the rocks. I... More

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Raleigh, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

If you can't make it out to Chichen Itza (half - full day trip) the El Rey Ruins is the perfect alternative. It's located at the far end of the hotel zone across the road from Playa Delfines Beach, so you should plan to visit both on the same day. It’s easily accessible by the public buses R1 & R2.... More

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Hidden at the end of the hotel zone in cancun is the El Rey ruins. Unlike most other ruins in the area, their is hardly anybody visiting this place and while it's not as good as visiting Chichen Itza or Coba, it's still a great place to visit. Laid back and no rush, allowing you to go at your own... More

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