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Local Experts: Cancun, Laura Winfree

By Local Expert Laura Winfree

Top Mayan Ruins Near Cancun

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El Rey

El Rey

Most Cancun vacationers never hear about this ancient Mayan city, even though it’s right under their nose. Located within the Cancun Hotel Zone, El Rey has structures of all sizes to climb and explore, just a quick city bus ride away from any Cancun hotel. It’s right across the street from the city’s best public beach, plus there are no pesky vendors. 

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Tulum

Tulum

You cannot find a Mayan ruin with a more dramatic location. This small but breathtaking city is set on a cliff top by the Caribbean Sea, just two hours south of Cancun. You can’t climb on these structures, but Tulum does have one of the world’s most unique beaches at the foot of the cliff.

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Coba

Coba

Less than three hours from Cancun, the ancient Mayan city of Coba is built around two lagoons. Adventurous travelers fall in love with Coba for its gorgeous jungle scenery and climbable temples. The entire site covers a large area, and bikes are available for rent so you can easily explore the entire city.

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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

By far the most famous Mayan ruins in Mexico, Chichen Itza is a popular day trip for travelers staying in Cancun. The main highlight is the famous El Castillo pyramid, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. However, this huge city also has other jaw-dropping structures like the Observatory and the Temple of the Warriors. The only downside: You can’t climb on these structures.

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Ek Balam

Ek Balam

These climbable ruins are nestled in the jungles of Yucatan state, about two hours west of Cancun. The site has several large structures including a tall main pyramid, along with beautifully preserved carvings. Ek Balam is a great way to experience ancient Mayan culture without the crowds.


Visit the Top Mayan Ruins Near Cancun

Ek Balam
Valladolid, Yucatán, Mexico
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Chichen Itza
Carretera Mérida - Puerto Juárez Km. 120, 97757 Tinum, Yucatán, Mexico
9.5/10

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Coba
Carretera Cancún Chetumal Km 240, Coba, Quintana Roo, Mexico
9.1/10

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Tulum
Carretera Cancún-Chetumal 387 (Tulum), 77793 Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
9.5/10

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El Rey
Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 17, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
8/10

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