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El Meco Ruins

Address: Puerto Juarez 77500, Mexico
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86%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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Vancouver
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91 reviews 91 reviews
29 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

These are relatively small ruins so you can spend a few minutes or, as the couple I saw, meditate there for a while. The ruins are pretty well preserved, fully roped off to preserve them from footprints, and in a jungle area with lemurs and iguanas. The entrance is not particularly well signed - look for an open chain link... More 

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Salem, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This spot is a perfect local Mayan Ruins that was one of the top things we did on our trip. It's cheap, cool, educational, and fun. I would definitely go back.

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Prague
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

If like me your not a lover of walking around ruins for hours on end but do like to learn a little of the culture then these are ideal. They are big enough to keep you interested but not too big that you get bored. The whole of this still working site is immaculate kept with some interesting foliage to... More 

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Green, Ohio
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Have been going tp El Meco for many years and figured its time to submit a review. These are ruins a little bit north of Puerto Juarez in an area called Punta Sam. It is very easy to get to with buses and taxis. It is also CHEAP. This place is Awesome! Everytime I have been there I'm either alone... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

For the vacationer that is weary to travel too far from the hotels and resorts in Cancun to see Mayan ruins, a short taxi ride will take you to El Meco. Beautiful archeological site in Punta Sam, taken care by the most knowledgeable Jesus and the very gracious Marbella. Jesus will tell you all you want to know about the... More 

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Very small and secluded place to visit on the way to the ferry to isla mujeres cool buildings and trees to look at and for only 3-4usd I would highly recommend for a quick stop our cab driver even waited for us and came and took pictures for us.

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delaware
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

El Meco mayan ruins are not as big and impressive as the better known ones, but this site is peaceful and full of birds and iguanas. Jesus and Marbella, the staff, are super friendly and helpful. They have clean bathrooms, but no food or souvenir shops. Admission is 43 pesos (about $4), and you can spend as much time as... More 

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topdeck5
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Id like to make a special review re guarding this site as they are rare and need our support this archaeological site is still work in progress. It was just 10 mins walk down the road from our hotel Sea Adventure, and is well worth the visit. although ruins the main mian pyramid is still virtualy intact its said to... More 

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Traverse City
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This site is perfect for a quiet exploration of some ruins without all the crowds or any venders. While we stopped as part of a Dancer cruise tour, it is just a short distance from the hotel district of Cancun.

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Kirkland, Washington
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

First time finding these ruins. They are just down the road from the ferry to isla mujeres. We paid the small fee to get in and spent a great afternoon with the ruins and iguanas.

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