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El Meco Ruins

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Nice small ruins

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... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 20 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 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 30 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 26 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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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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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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