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El Meco Ruins

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Off The Beaten Path

Small ruins that were within walking distance of our hotel, Villa Del Palmar (if you're willing to walk 45 minutes in the heat). The benefit to them being small and not well known... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jessica R
San Francisco, California
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

we were staying at villa del palmar resort and was looking for something to see that was close to the resort. i found this ruins sight on google maps. it was only a short taxi ride from the resort so we decided to try it. the first thing we saw was all these sweet Coatis! like a colony of them!.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small ruins that were within walking distance of our hotel, Villa Del Palmar (if you're willing to walk 45 minutes in the heat). The benefit to them being small and not well known is that it's you, the docent at the front and a frighteningly large amount of iguanas. If nothing else does, the iguanas will keep you off the... More 

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Reviewed 30 March 2017

We took a taxi from our hotel, Dream Sands, which took about a half hour. We paid about $35 round trip for the taxi. $3 per person to get in. This is a nice small ruins a little bigger than El Rey ruins in the hotel zone. We took about an hour to wander the grounds. You can get a... More 

Thank WisconsinFuninthesun
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

We were pleasantly surprised to stumble upon these ruins near our hotel (Villa del Palmar Cancun) on the way to the Isla Mujeres ferry. They were inexpensive and not at all crowded. However, there was not much signage, and it would have been nice to know what the different structures were used for. But it was still a fun way... More 

Thank Laura F
Columbia, South Carolina
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 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

Thank Steve C
Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

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.

Thank JohnNull
Hopewell Junction, New York
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

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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Reviewed 26 February 2017

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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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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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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