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El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey)

Blvd Kukulcan Km 17 | Zona Hotelera, Cancun 77500, Mexico
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The past meets the present in this ancient Mayan structure located right in the middle of Cancun's Hotel Zone.
  • Excellent35%
  • Very good42%
  • Average20%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“hotel zone” (222 reviews)
“small site” (26 reviews)
“small ruin” (18 reviews)
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Blvd Kukulcan Km 17 | Zona Hotelera, Cancun 77500, Mexico
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"hotel zone"
in 222 reviews
"small site"
in 26 reviews
"small ruin"
in 18 reviews
"self guided tour"
in 12 reviews
"bring bananas"
in 11 reviews
"entry fee"
in 23 reviews
"crown paradise"
in 12 reviews
"close to the hotel"
in 14 reviews
"archaeological site"
in 15 reviews
"city bus"
in 20 reviews
"pesos per person"
in 15 reviews
"per adult"
in 11 reviews
"public beach"
in 22 reviews
"walk around"
in 17 reviews
"couple of hours"
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"own pace"
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"cancun sign"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

These ruins are were only a quick 15 minute walk from out hotel, but I still wish we had taken a taxi because it is hot walk with almost no shade. We read a lot of reviews online that said to bring fruit for the...More

Thank Lorah G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small, quick walk, and feet serene as many tourists do not know of this hidden part of the hotel zone. When the Spanish conquest occurred this port was destroyed. Tips: Take sunscreen, as there is practically no shade. Watch for iguana poop, and then he...More

Thank Martina238612
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really cool place just outside of hotel zone (about 10-15 minutes). My boyfriend and I didn’t want to travel to Tulum or Chichen Itza for our trip because we don’t like long car rides, so this sufficed for a small version of the ancient Mayan...More

2  Thank Crystal M
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took the bus (12 pesos) to El Rey from our hotel in the hotel zone. The admission was 55 pesos. I recommend using pesos rather than dollars, as this will be cheaper. I did not see a credit card sign. There was a guide...More

Thank kimkX819SI
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

We enjoyed our trip the the El Rey ruins, but may have a different criteria than the average traveler. We enjoyed them because they weren't as commercialized. We walked around unencumbered by hype and sales pitches and enjoyed the ruins at a leisurely pace, sometimes...More

1  Thank lengel2018
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Reviewed 6 June 2018

These Mayan ruins were a great place to visit while still staying in Cancun. We just took the R1 bus to and from our hotel to the ruins. We paid a dollar each way & we found a guide who told us all about the...More

3  Thank justinadamsrealty
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Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

The ruins were pretty amazing to see. They are smaller than the major ruins you always see tours for but El Rey is still pretty impressive. There were iguanas all over the place as well! We loved how easy it was to get there from...More

Thank Erin B
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

I really didn't know what to expect. We paid our $3 entrance fee and walked into the ruins. There was an older gentleman walking toward us with a well used laminated binder with pictures and historical references to El Rey. He asked us if we...More

1  Thank JasonRush
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Reviewed 24 May 2018

These ruins are right in Cancun in the hotel district. Not very many people seem to be aware of this location as it was almost empty when we visited. (Other than the many iguanas soaking up the sun). The cost was minimal ($3.00 - $5.00...More

Thank NJTHW
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Reviewed 22 May 2018

It was definitely worth the effort to look into the ruins in the hotel district, but they aren't as interesting or impressive as the ruins that are a little further away. our tour took us to 2 of what could only be considered towns of...More

1  Thank Alan K
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Nikki K
13 October 2017|
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Response from Julie R | Reviewed this property |
Taxis are fine as long as you agree on a price beforehand plus they will wait to take you back to your resort just so they get the fare. Much less stressful unless you are used to the bus system.
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andersmix
14 July 2017|
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Response from Mark G | Reviewed this property |
El Rey is a fine local attraction, but is really nothing like as impressive as Chichen Itza. It's much closer, much cheaper, not crowded, much, much smaller and has less impressive ruins. I can't speak for the museum as I... More
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Latrice M
23 March 2017|
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Response from QuickWhitTravel | Reviewed this property |
Coming from the airport, it's to the left (opposite the ocean) about a kilometer or so before you start to see hotels. I walked there from the Royal Islander resort. It's near Playa Delfines and the Cancun block letters that... More
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