Cancun is in a region filled with natural wonders. It is also the entrance to the world of Mayan archaeology, which can be discovered through remnants of this culture that still inhabit its streets, avenues, and beaches.
The first archaeological zone in Cancun to explore is El Rey, located about 11 miles from the city on Kukulkán Boulevard. With 16 structures, two plazas, and two causeways, all vestiges of Mayan ceremonies and customs, the ruins inspire admiration and awe from visitors.
Another important historical area near the center of Cancun is El Meco with several temples, a grand plaza, and a pyramid known as "the Castle."
Tulum is the most famous archaeological site in the area. It is popular becasue of its ancient structures, excellent examples of Mayan architecture, and its location by the sea, an unusual site for these types of ruins.
Each of these sites was used as a ceremonial, commercial, or political center, giving them great historical and cultural importance. Together, with other sites of similar size, they make a visit to Cancun a mystical journey into the past.