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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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Mayan Ruins right in the hotel zone

As our guide was so knowledgable we learnt history as we walked.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 2, 2012
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Chilliwack, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

Small but easy to go by bus at the middle of the hotel zone. If you go to chichen itza or Tulum you do not need to go there. My son loved to see the iguanas

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

We chose to visit these ruins while in Cancun since we were not able to travel to the larger ruins. It's convenient to the hotels, inexpensive, and offers an interesting architectural contrast to the rest of the island. Tour guides are available for an additional fee but you can also just walk the site and read the placards which are... More 

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Chilliwack, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

As our guide was so knowledgable we learnt history as we walked.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

Visit El Rey, walk from the hotel zone, hire a guide, you will leave better educated!

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Calgary, Alberta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

Grab a couple bananas from the buffet at breakfast to bring with you to feed the iguanas. Not a big site but worth $6.50!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

Small Mayan ruins, but with interesting history. Plenty of iguanas all over the place; great for photos! No tour guide available, only self-guided information. Visit would take about 1 1/2 hour.

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

for a few dollars you can walk around,explore, climb and see some great ruins and tons of lizards. My 7 and 9 year old loved this. It was across from our hotel, so it was a quick walk and a way to have a few hours outside of the hotel for cheap money

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Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

Climbing to the top of a ruin was breathtaking. Would have been nice if the tour allowed more time to explore, we only had 20 minutes.

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Detroit, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

El Rey Ruins is pretty cool and is only about $5 to enter and walk around.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

Our granddaughters wanted to see a ruin, so we played it safe and took them to El Rey first to see if they enjoyed it before embarking on a longer trip. They loved it -- they learned how the Mayans invented the concept of zero and even got to see some of the original paint. They've since been to Tulum... More 

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