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El Meco Mayan Ruins in Cancun

Jan 7, 2012 | No Responses

Opened to the public in 2001 El Meco, a ruin from the Post-classical period, is located in Puerto Juarez, a twenty minute cab ride from el Centro of Cancun. There are fourteen structures in total but only about half are open to the public. With views overlooking the Caribbean Sea it is believed its purpose was that of a navigational hub between the mainland and Isla Mujeres.

In comparison to other must-see ruins within the Yucatan this one is unique because of its smaller size, and that makes for a much more intimate visit. Remnants of clay pots can be found amongst the debris which authenticate that it was home to a Mayan civilization. The landscape is rugged, and rough around the edges which adds to its beauty. Wildlife inhabit the space and trees grown between the eroded stones.

Entry is only 37 pesos (approx. $3.50 USD) and is well worth the money. Take a break from the beach and head here one afternoon, you will not be disappointed!

Author: Janelle Brandon

As our dedicated travel writer, Janelle scours Cancun and the Riviera Maya for all the cool things to do around here. From working and living to getting around, and, of course, the best beaches (she loves her sun and sand). Janelle lets you know how it is. As our Chief Operations Officer she makes sure we are not skipping out on work to laze on the beach (although sometimes she joins us). She's a pleasure to have around and always making us laugh with her crazy stories.

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