El Meco Mayan Ruins

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One of the most recently discovered Maya Ruin sites, El Meco opened to the public in 2001, and remains one of the least visited of the ruins. The site was believed to have been built between 13th and 16th centuries, with a Plaza dedicated to the rain god, Chaac. Excavation is still underway, so visitors will often find different sections blocked off. Climbing is never permitted on the pyramids.

What to Expect

Although there are 14 known structures at El Meco, only about half are consistently open to the public. Since you can't climb the pyramids, a tour of the grounds will take about an hour, though you can stay longer and enjoy a picnic lunch.

These ruins are much smaller than some of the other well-known sites in Mexico, though that does not make them any less intriguing. Explore a decaying site in stark contrast to the modern city just down the road.

Staying Close

Those wishing to visit El Meco Mayan Ruins may choose to book their trip in the vicinity of Cancun, as travelers to this part of Cancun will have the benefit of convenient access to the historical site throughout their trip. There are plenty of hotels around this historical site.

Hotels near El Meco Mayan Ruins
Hotel Type Distance Direction
All Ritmo Cancún Resort & Waterpark Resort 0.7 mi. (6.9 km) S
Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort Resort 1.5 mi. (7.2 km) N
La Amada Hotel Hotel 2.1 mi. (7.5 km) N
Excellence Playa Mujeres Resort Resort 2.2 mi. (7.7 km) N
Antillano Cancun Hotel 2.8 mi. (3.4 km) SW
Adhara Cancun Hotel 3.2 mi. (3.7 km) SSW
Hotel Batab Hotel 3.3 mi. (3.2 km) SSW

Location and What's Nearby

Set in the vicinity of Cancun, El Meco Mayan Ruins welcomes visitors rooming in this part of Quintana Roo. Regardless of whether you are staying nearby, you should feel free to stop by for some fun in the sun. It is 4.8 miles northeast of Cancun.

El Meco Ruins are located just north of Cancun, and driving up the coastal road for just a few miles will bring you right to the ruins on your left. Additionally, there are many buses that leave from the Hotel Zone that will bring you here.

If you find your belly rumbling after your visit here, don't worry -- you'll find a wide variety of lunch and dinner spots within traveling distance. The most nearby eatery is Barefoot Grill, which offers American meals. It is maybe about a mile and a half from this site's location, so stop in and eat up! Bordeaux and El Patio are some of the additional food and drink options near El Meco Mayan Ruins. At El Patio you and your companions should eat some Mexican fare and experience the Cancun culture.


Operating Hours

The gates to El Meco open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m.


There is an entry fee of $3.30 US, or 35 pesos.

Contact Information

Location: Cancun, Mexico


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