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Journey Through Time: The Closest Ruins to Playa Mujeres

Unlock the full potential of your visit to Playa Mujeres by immersing yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of the region. Discover the history and heritage at ancient sites like El Meco and San Miguelito, without venturing too far to sites like Chichen Itza or Tulum. From bustling local markets to a plethora of outdoor activities, the Mexican Caribbean promises a vacation like no other, overflowing with unforgettable memories and things to do.

El Rey

Embark on a journey back in time and discover the magnificence of ancient Mayan civilization in Cancun. The largest archaeological site in the city, located just 18 km down Boulevard Kukulcan in the hotel zone, boasts 47 structures of religious and administrative significance, complete with imposing pyramids, impressive squares, and intricate carvings.

With roots dating back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC, this historic site showcases the innovative astronomical practices of the Mayans, making it a must-visit for history enthusiasts and cultural adventurers. And the best part? You can marvel at its splendor during the day and still be back in town for a lively nightfall.

El Meco

Uncover the secrets of the Mayan civilization at the El Meco, a little-known gem located just 20 minutes and 3 kilometers north of bustling Cancun that rose to prominence as a key port between 1200 and 1500 AD, controlling access to the sacred sanctuaries on Isla Mujeres and requiring devotees to pass through on their way to the revered Temple of Ixchel. Despite being home to the tallest Mayan pyramid in the area and one of the largest in Yucatan, it remains hidden and often overlooked, making it the perfect escape for those seeking a serene and off-the-beaten-path experience.

Bask in the majesty of El Castillo, a pyramid dedicated to the Mayan Rain God, Chaac, and marvel at the breathtaking views of the city of Cancun, the pristine beach, and the surrounding peninsula. With a rich history dating back to the Late Classic Period, El Meco was once a thriving fishing village influenced by the mighty Coba, before later being influenced by the powerful Chichen Itza in the Postclassic era. Explore the fascinating legacy of this once-small fishing village and uncover its role in the grand narrative of the Mayan civilization.

San Miguelito

Discover the rich heritage of the Mayan civilization at San Miguelito, a fascinating extension of the partially excavated city of El Rey. Opened to the public in 2012, this unique site is tucked away in the heart of Cancun, about 4 minutes and 3 kilometers from El Rey Ruins, surrounding and even beneath its hotels, offering a glimpse into the ancient past.

Marvel at the towering main pyramid, surrounded by a lush tropical forest teeming with birdlife, and explore the compact museum filled with a wealth of artifacts, illuminating the history and culture of this remarkable civilization.

San Miguelito provides a tantalizing preview of what you can expect at larger Mayan sites such as the highly notable Chichen Itza, Tulum, and Coba, among others—making it a must-visit destination for history buffs and culture seekers alike.

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