Zona Arqueologica El Rey
Zona Arqueologica El Rey
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This archaeological site in Zona Hotelera lets you check out Mayan ruins dating back to 1200 AD, plus a host of indigenous plants and trees.
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  • Laura E
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A special place within walking distance from hotel
    We really enjoyed visiting this archaeological site. It was just a 10 minute walk from our hotel and was an oasis off of a busy road. On top of ancient palaces, residences and plazas, there were iguanas just about everywhere you looked and tropical birds brightening up the branches on trees, all along our walk. My only complaint was wishing there had been more information about each of the structures and more about Mayan life at the time. As we took our self guided tour, learning a little something about each one along the way would have been more meaningful. A little QR code at each spot would have sufficed.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 January 2024
  • amyjean0202
    Kalamazoo, Michigan171 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice hidden gem
    Inexpensive, nice spot about a 10 minute walk from our hotel to view ancient Mayan civilization. It was $5USD for adults and kids were free. There wasn’t much information at each ruin but it was still fascinating. Tons of iguanas to see in their natural habitat. Go early, there isn’t much shade in the afternoon.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 March 2024
  • Kelly Zampieri
    North Carolina206 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s interesting but the infrastructure is poor
    Cancun has a lot of potential but the lack of infrastructure makes it hard to be anywhere outside the big hotels and restaurants chains. This archeological place is no exception. The access is easy at the hotel zone but once you get there, there’s no parking lot for the area, just some spots by an abandoned building. At the entrance, there’s only a friendly do-it-all friendly man receiving the money and quickly saying some instructions. I speak Spanish but I doubt he speaks English. There’s no flyer or guide and the place is nothing but a large field with ruins and tons of iguanas. At the time I visited was partially flooded and didn’t help that I was wearing sandals. Most of the ruins don’t have informations about its history etc and you have to be careful to not bother the iguanas or step on the ruins. It’s interesting if you want to see something authentic and historic from this area but don’t expect much.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 April 2024
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Abigale L
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Worth the visit. Only about 5USD a person. Not very big. You can do the whole area in about a half an hour. There's not much shade, and it's very hot. Bring sunscreen and water.
Written 24 May 2024
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Kelly Zampieri
North Carolina206 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Cancun has a lot of potential but the lack of infrastructure makes it hard to be anywhere outside the big hotels and restaurants chains. This archeological place is no exception. The access is easy at the hotel zone but once you get there, there’s no parking lot for the area, just some spots by an abandoned building. At the entrance, there’s only a friendly do-it-all friendly man receiving the money and quickly saying some instructions. I speak Spanish but I doubt he speaks English. There’s no flyer or guide and the place is nothing but a large field with ruins and tons of iguanas. At the time I visited was partially flooded and didn’t help that I was wearing sandals. Most of the ruins don’t have informations about its history etc and you have to be careful to not bother the iguanas or step on the ruins. It’s interesting if you want to see something authentic and historic from this area but don’t expect much.
Written 17 April 2024
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ASM618
Denver, CO21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We walked here from our hotel and loved it. There were no people here! We enjoyed looking at the Mayan ruins. Our kids enjoyed the many iguanas.
Written 3 April 2024
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Noah E
Dublin, Ireland7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
An unconventional place to visit in Mexico. Free of all the crowd you get in famous places. Peaceful and quiet ruin of what once stood here.
Written 28 March 2024
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amyjean0202
Kalamazoo, MI171 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Inexpensive, nice spot about a 10 minute walk from our hotel to view ancient Mayan civilization. It was $5USD for adults and kids were free. There wasn’t much information at each ruin but it was still fascinating. Tons of iguanas to see in their natural habitat. Go early, there isn’t much shade in the afternoon.
Written 28 March 2024
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GenkiKairu
Vancouver, BC270 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Small, not much information anywhere, and too pricy for what you see. Nice iguanas though, and the gentleman at the welcome desk was very friendly!
Written 12 February 2024
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Laura E
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We really enjoyed visiting this archaeological site. It was just a 10 minute walk from our hotel and was an oasis off of a busy road. On top of ancient palaces, residences and plazas, there were iguanas just about everywhere you looked and tropical birds brightening up the branches on trees, all along our walk. My only complaint was wishing there had been more information about each of the structures and more about Mayan life at the time. As we took our self guided tour, learning a little something about each one along the way would have been more meaningful. A little QR code at each spot would have sufficed.
Written 5 January 2024
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Cody L
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Mayan ruins, iguanas, and perhaps even a snake. It's a good way to spend roughly $5 USD for about an hour or two of observing what once was.
Written 15 August 2023
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Realjazz
Ithaca, NY3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We went on a Sunday, not as early as planned/recommended and had the site mostly to ourselves, with iguanas guarding every temple and foundation. There is a bit of shade to be found, and if you don’t need your hands for photos, you can use an umbrella. Fascinating site, sadly split by development. Important and rewarding to visit the nearby Museo Maya, where you can walk through part of the same site, now called San Miguelito. An impressive pyramid is there, and inside the museum you see many artifacts and learn more history, although there is less info in English.
Written 2 April 2023
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terrileeo
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Was close to our hotel, 2 min walk - so we decided to check it out.
Not a huge spot but worth our visit. Some of the ruins are quite impressive.
Was very cheap to enter, kids were free.
We saw 40 Iguanas around the ruins.
Wasn't busy and it was peaceful.
It gets hot, so go early.
Written 22 March 2023
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