Cancun Travel Blog› entry 21 of 26 › view all entries
October 12th, 2009 – by: geokid
El Rey ("The King"), located on Isla Cancun, is just off Kukulkan Boulevard at KM 17 in the Southern Hotel Zone in Cancun. El Rey is adjacent to the Hilton Resorts Golf Course on the lagoon side among mangroves. The tallest of these ruins offer a great view of the Post Classical Period Maya Plazas, much of the Southern Hotel Zone and Nichupte' ("full of roses") Lagoon.
Between Punta Cancún and Punta Nizuc are numerous Mayan ruins, mostly Puuc in style.
Occupation of El Rey area began prior to 300 BC. Maya occupation of this site began prior to 900 AD and continued until at least 1550 AD. The visible structures were constructed after 1200 AD. The architecture is complex in style and somewhat similar to Tulum.
Archaeologist named this site El Rey because of a sculpture of a nobleman head found on the site that honors the Maya Sun God.
Archaeological work at El Rey has continued to find new information. In 2006 a skeleton was uncovered. this is not a case for Cancun CSI! The archaeological report has not been published for this find.
El Rey still is heavily populated. There must be 1,000 iguanas making a living in this grand tourist trap of Cancun. frequently the park guides feed the iguanas.
El Rey can be seen in an hour. Be prepared to use a DEET based insect repellent before exploring the park due to the large number of mosquitoes that may be present if wind conditions are just right.
Entrance to the El Rey Park was 30 pesos with hours from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. There is little to no parking. Any taxi will be able to deliver you to this site. I recommend making arrangements for a pick up time before you leave your taxi. Buses can be used also.
Artifacts from this and other sites in the state reside in the small Archaeological Museum of Cancun at the Convention Center. The museum is open daily from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
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