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

El Meco Mayan Ruins is located in the vicinity of Cancun, ensuring those visiting this region of Cancun will be excited to have easy access to this historic attraction during their time there. There are many lodgings within range of El Meco Mayan Ruins.

Hotels near El Meco Mayan Ruins
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Mar Azul Isla Mujeres Hotel 0.4 mi. (7.2 km) S
Sea Adventure Resort & Waterpark Resort 0.7 mi. (6.9 km) S
Secrets Playa Mujeres Resort 1.5 mi. (7.2 km) N
La Amada Hotel Hotel 2.1 mi. (7.5 km) N
Hotel El Pueblito Beach Cancun Resort -- --
Excellence Playa Mujeres Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive Resort 2.2 mi. (7.7 km) N
Antillano Cancun Hotel 2.8 mi. (3.4 km) SW

Location and What's Nearby

El Meco Mayan Ruins is found in the vicinity of Cancun, in Quintana Roo; it is 4.8 miles to the 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.

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in the neighborhood surrounding El Meco Mayan Ruins. Barefoot Grill, which dishes out American meals, will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. The dining establishment is a brief ways off, but removed enough that you may want to aim for having a means of transport to transport your party. Also near El Meco Mayan Ruins you and your companions will encounter options such as Bordeaux and El Patio where you should be sure to eat some Mexican dishes and experience the flavors of Cancun.


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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