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El Meco Ruins

Puerto Juarez 77500, Mexico
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

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
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Bloomington, Minnesota
5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
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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Stamford, CT
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32 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We didn't want to drive all the way to Chichen Itza, cuz we were travelling with a 9 month old. El MEco was fabulous -- not crowded, very pretty, all the iguanas anyone could ever want. And it cost 4 pesos to get in! No touristy stuff.

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LA, Calif
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65 attraction reviews
295 helpful votes 295 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

This is our 27th year visiting Cancun and we just discovered El Meco, a hidden gem of Mayan ruins. Part of the allure of Yucatan for us is fascination with the history of the Mayan people and the ruins that cover the area. So close to downtown Cancun, it is a pleasant ride to El Meco and an opportunity to... More

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