Cancun is known for its wild nightlife, beautiful beaches, and year-round sun. What perhaps is less known is that it is home to many Mayan ruins. Approximately 3000 years of Mayan culture has left behind several Mayan dialects and many impressive constructions.
Cancun’s Archaeological Sites
Only 8km from Cancun city center is the archaeological site, El Meco. The structure known as ‘El Castillo’ (The Castle) is the tallest in the area. From its peak you get a beautiful view of the surrounding areas. The site is open 7 days a week from 8am to 4pm. Outside you can find restaurants where you can try ‘Tikin Xic’, a local fish dish typical of the region.
Mayan Museum of Cancun and San Miguelito
The Mayan Museum of Cancun is a 2 minute walk from the Oasis Cancun hotel, in Cancun’s hotel zone, Km16.5 of Boulevard Kulkulcan. The museum houses one of the most important collections of Mayan artifacts in the whole of Mexico; with pieces gathered from major settlements such as Chichen Itza, Comalcalco, and Palenque. In the museums gardens visitors can take a fascinating walk around the archaeological site, San Miguelito, which was Cancun’s most important Mayan settlement and a vital trade route in the eastern Yucatan peninsula over 800 years ago. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm.
Located close to the Oasis Sens hotel, at Km18 of Boulevard Kulkulcan. El Rey is considered Cancun’s most important archaeological site. The area consists of 47 structures that were of religious and civil importance. Additionally, the area has become an oasis for several bird and reptile species. The site is open 7 days a week, from 8am to 5pm.
We recommend you take comfortable shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and bottled water, to enjoy the sites. Have fun!