El Rey Archaeological Zone (Zona Arqueológica El Rey) Tours
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Located in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, El Rey Archaeological Zone (Zona Arqueológica El Rey) is an archaeological site containing 47 ancient Maya stone structures. Named for a mask and skull found on-site thought to honor the Maya sun god, these ruins are the remains of ceremonial buildings and market areas.
If you’re staying in Cancun, visiting El Rey Archaeological Zone—also known as El Rey Ruins—is a great way to see ancient Maya ruins without traveling to Chichen Itza or Tulum. At the ruins, you can explore Maya history, take pictures of the many iguanas that live there, and enjoy views of Nichupte Lagoon and the Hotel Zone from atop the structures. Visit on your own or as part of a full-day tour of the area. Some excursions visit El Rey Ruins along with a cenote (underground swimming hole), an interactive zoo, and a ziplining park.
Things to Know Before You Go
- These ancient ruins are a must-see for history buffs.
- Remember to bring sun protection, plenty of water, and shoes suitable for walking on rough terrain.
- The ruins are not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.
How to Get There
The archaeological zone is located at the westernmost tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, in Cancun’s Hotel Zone. Adjacent to the Iberostar Golf Club, the ruins are roughly 15 minutes by road from Cancun International Airport. The easiest way to get there is by taxi or on a guided tour.
When to Get There
You can visit the archaeological site year-round, although the Cancun Hotel Zone is busiest from December through April, when the weather tends to be sunny and warm. There are fewer crowds during hurricane season (May through October), but be sure to check the weather for storms.
What to See near El Rey Ruins
Mexico’s Caribbean Quintana Roo region is full of attractions, both natural and man-made. Nearby Playa del Carmen is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and shopping. The Maya ruins at Coba are also a must-see, with a 138-foot-high (42-meter-high) stone pyramid. Further Maya ruins at Tulum and Chichen Itza are also great spots to explore. For an island getaway, visit the shores of Isla Mujeres or Cozumel.
Address: Blvd Kukulcan Km 17, Zona Hotelera, Cancun 77500, Mexico
7 Tours and Activities to Experience El Rey Archaeological Zone (Zona Arqueológica El Rey)
Discover the best of Cancun! Why the city was named Kan Kun (Snake’s nest)? How were mayans related to it? Enjoy the cultural and iconic attractions of interest. Cancun is not just hotels, party and resorts. It has so many great locations, each with its own fascinating tale. You will see the most important Cancun Downtown sights, Parque de las Palapas, Cristo Rey Church City Hall, Avenida Nader, the world famous Boulevard Kukulcan, Playa Delfines and the best Souvenir Market. Discover the local and authentic side of the youngest city in Mexico, in the most privileged point of the Caribbean.
Nature and Wildlife
A destination like Cancun at an unbeatable price, all inclusive 7 days: Take a trip with cause !!! -Kayak equipped to navigate in the Nichupte Lagoon -Snorkel tour in Playa Conchitas (includes equipment) -Lodging -Foods - Visits to Kabah Park (ANP, 41 hectares where more than 155 species live) -Ruinas el Rey (Mayan archeology) -Transfer to the airport and each activity -Yoga classes in front of the sea -Visit the largest craft market in Cancun -Guide during all tours -Troats The Kayakear Experience through the Nichupte Lagoon, touring the Mangrove forests and admiring the wonderful marine species, pelicans, herons and more birds in their habitat will be impressive, if you like to venture into nature and support that this jewel of biodiversity is Keep clean, travel, enjoy, relax and support the cause by picking up debris while kayaking, you will receive recognition for your work, you will have free evenings to enjoy more of Cancun.
Mountain Bike Tours
We have the freedom to access many trails and locations that are off the beaten path and typically not in view of the local transportation routes. You have to be a local to know the secret spots that we share with you!
Due to the new TripAdvisor policies regarding interacting with animals, we had to remove from this platform one of our activities, which was an interactive animal shelter that helps different species. But we are the same, the one and only Jungle road adventure Cancun! Check our reviews! This is an all inclusive top activities package. Get to know the Riviera Maya like a V.I.P with us, avoid crowds and waiting on huge lines. Meet the Mayan Riviera and discover how easy is to hang around in this beautiful place. Get out of your resort and meet fantastic spots! We host small groups in order to provide a VIP service. Avoid noisy crowded tours! Your Adventure includes: - 4x4 BAIC BJ40 Deluxe vehicle - Fast entrance to all places - "The King's" ruins - Zip lines circuit - Automatic CANAM ATV´S - Swim in a cenote, a natural sinkhole filled with sweet water, an amazing spot in the jungle - Delicious mexican lunch - Soft drinks at lunch - Tour guide
Discover Cancun taking the official sightseeing tour of the city. Hop on one of our splendid double-decker buses while you enjoy amazing panoramic views. This is the best and most unique way to get around Cancun and discover its most important attractions, beaches, shopping malls, museums and archeological sites in the Hotel Zone. You can travel freely around the city, hopping on and off at any of our official stops as many times as you desire, all with only one ticket. Enjoy 10 hours of non-stop fun! The tour begins at ADO Bus Station and continues to Jardín del Arte, Plaza Flamingos, Plaza La Isla, Aquaworld-Aquatic Activities, El Rey archeological site, Playa Delfines (Lookout), Mayan Museum, Plaza Kukulcan, Plaza Forum, Playa Tortugas, Playa Langosta, and Puerto Canun-Marina Town Center. Discover white sandy beaches, visit the Mayan Museum, and El Rey Archeological Site, go shopping, or enjoy water activities at Aquaworld. Seat, relax, and enjoy the ride!
Discover Cancun taking the official sightseeing tour of the city. Hop on one of our splendid double-decker buses while you enjoy amazing panoramic views. This is the best and most unique way to get around Cancun and discover its most famous attractions. You can travel freely around the city, hopping on and off at any of our official stops as many times as you desire, all with only one ticket. Create lasting memories by combining your Turibus Tour with one of these top-rated Cancun tourist attractions: * Flowrider: experience the thrill of riding a never-ending wave.This a wave-forming generator that can be ridden standing up, kneeling, or laying on your belly. * Aquabounce: Jump in an obstacle course with slides and trampolines. *Subsee Explorer: Discover the beautiful colors of Nizuc Reef, full of colors and marine life. Enjoy the wonderful views comfortably seated on board a yellow submarine while a guide explains everything about this ecosystem. Seat, relax, and enjoy the ride!
Discover Cancun taking the official sightseeing tour of the city. Hop on one of our splendid double-decker buses while you enjoy amazing panoramic views. This is the best and most unique way to get around Cancun and discover its most famous beaches, shopping malls, the Mayan Museum, and El Rey archeological site, all in the Hotel Zone. You can travel freely around the city, hopping on and off at any of our official stops as many times as you desire, all with only one ticket. Create lasting memories by combining your Turibus Tour with this top-rated Cancun tourist attraction: The Wax Museum. Have fun and take wonderful pictures with a surprising collection of famous national and international characters from music, movies, sports, and horror. Seat, relax and enjoy the ride!
Frequently Asked Questions
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What's the best way to experience El Rey Archaeological Zone (Zona Arqueológica El Rey)?
The best ways to experience El Rey Archaeological Zone (Zona Arqueológica El Rey) are:
- The Best of Cancun Walking Tour
- 7 days-Cancun ecotourism Kayak in the Nichupte Lagoon, Ruinas el Rey, Kaba Park
- Cancun Hotel Zone & Beaches e-Bike Tour
- Jungle Road Adventure
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