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El Meco Ruins

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Address: Puerto Juarez 77500, Mexico
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El Meco and Puerto Juarez Private Photography Tour
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Cancun Shopping and City Tour Including El Meco Mayan Ruins
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Snorkeling, Sailing and Visit to El Meco Archeological Site in Cancun

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Although El Meco was a relatively small and unimportant Mayan site, it's still worth a visit. Being lesser known means not as crowded as well. I arrived at 4:pm and had the... read more

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Although El Meco was a relatively small and unimportant Mayan site, it's still worth a visit. Being lesser known means not as crowded as well. I arrived at 4:pm and had the location to myself for an hour until it closed. Time to reflect on Mayan culture. It's just a short drive from Cancun. Pics later

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

These ruins are not nearly as advertised as Chichen Itza or Tulum, but are wonderful nonetheless. The main temple is well preserved, much better than Tulum. No crowds and very inexpensive.

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Hopewell Junction, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First time at any Mayan ruins, and without traveling for hours to other larger sites and losing a day at the beach, we went locally to El Meco. Although small, it is great to visit the site where 1500 years ago this town was built and people lived. The curator is a wonderful man, with knowledge and a sense of... More 

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Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While only about 30 feet high, this is an impressive pyramid and it also has some well preserved civic and religious structures preserved around an ancient plaza. Two different periods of construction.

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Beaverton, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

For $100 pesos ($5US) we took a cab here and explored for about an hour. You can't climb on the ruins but the main temple is still impressive and worth seeing.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

The ruins of El Meco are situated just past the Al Ritmo resort about 10-15 minutes from downtown Cancun. Small site... not crowded in the least... so very interesting to explore. Location is situated across the street from the ocean... so that was unique. We've been to the large inland ruins of Chichen Itza and Chacchoben... this was MUCH smaller...... More 

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Greenwood, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Our guide Benjamin Alercon was an awesome guide. He was so nice, so knowledgeable and was wonderful! He knew so much. I can't say enough about it and his tour of it... AWESOME!!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

If you're visiting Cancun but aren't make the 2 to 3 hour trek to the bigger ruins, then you should definitely make a point to check out El Meco. I didn't want to come all the way to Mexico and not see some of the local culture and history. From the end of the hotel zone, it's about 25 minutes.... More 

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Griswold, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

El Meco is not as well known as some of the ruins in Mexico but well worth the trip. It was well maintained, had active wildlife everywhere, beautiful grounds and stunning ruins. Definitely not as touristy as most of the ruins and had a quiet and magical feel to it. We walked alone through most of the site and could... More 

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Bozeman, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

This is not as large as other ruins like Tulum, but it is beautiful, peaceful, and not as tourist traveled. The grounds are well preserved and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. There was no one else there. It was a peaceful rest away from the bustle and hustle of Cancun. If you can get there is is worth the Drive.... More 

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