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El Meco Ruins

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Address: Puerto Juarez 77500, Mexico
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I've been to many ruins over the years and had seen El Meco mentioned in the information at the new Mayan Museum in Cancun, so it became a MUST for this trip. You have to make an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 18, 2015
Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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65 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

I've been to many ruins over the years and had seen El Meco mentioned in the information at the new Mayan Museum in Cancun, so it became a MUST for this trip. You have to make an effort to get there - we were staying out on the Hotel Strip at the Westin Lagunamar and they told us to take... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

We walked from our hotel and was here at 830am, it was boiling but not as hot as it would have been later in the day. It cost 48 pesos per adult to get in, children were free. These ruins were like Chichen Itza but smaller. Still amazing though! Lots of iguanas and we even heard a rattlesnake!

2 Thank kelly e
Seattle, Washington
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I visited El Meco with my husband on our honeymoon in the first week of August. We have both been to larger, more touristy ruins, Chichen Itza and Tulum. We wanted to see ruins on our trip, but did not want to spend so much of our day travelling to get there. I read about El Meco on TA and... More 

2 Thank Christina A
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

If you want to see a giant pyramid, a bunch of flashy stuff, crowds, stuff for sale, go somewhere else. When I went there in August 2015, my wife and I were the ONLY people there. That is amazing right there. The site is very small but use your brain and imagine what it was. Even the taxi driver that... More 

Thank BradandKarenCalgary
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174 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I was staying in puerto juarez and read on TA about this local archaeological site and I am so glad I visited. I got there even before the keeper, at 8am and had the site all to myself for the next hour or so. It's not very big but it's well kept and has a few interesting structures with columns... More 

Thank TheDivingFoodie
Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Small Mayan ruins just 15 mins from Cancun's downtown. You feel like in the middle of the jungle. The ruins are small and you can totally walk them in 30 minutes. You'll find lots of iguanas! Pyramids are small but well conserved.

1 Thank Omar R
Salt Lake City, Utah
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is a very small set of ruins and so fun to visit. You get to be up close and personal with the ruins, you wont have 20 million people in your way for photos like Chichen Itza and Tulum. You will see lots of lizards and birds and have a really nice intimate experience.

1 Thank MissNic0le
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Very peaceful little place. The man that runs the site is super friendly and speaks English. When the Coati come out to play he will feed them tortillas. The other wildlife to be expected is large grey iguanas crawling around the temples. It doesn't cost very much to get in. The bathrooms are free and clean. The temples are cool... More 

1 Thank mischamatulich
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

I was here last Friday (April 3rd 2015) and I now have to get rabies shots. The tour guide made me feed some wild Coati's (he physically grabbed me and held on to my hand even though I was not comfortable) and one bit me and drew blood. When I returned to the states, I was advised to get rabies... More 

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Anamosa, Iowa
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64 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We spotted it during a cab ride to the fast ferry and decided we saw enough from the road. There was not a lot to it and we had not planned any ruins or historical sightseeing for this trip.

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