Exploring Mayan Ruins within Cancun

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If you're pressed for time, discover Mayan ruins within Cancun - even better, do so without even leaving the Hotel Zone. There are two options for easy trips you may be able to go on, just a short walk or bus ride from your hotel.

The smallest site of ancient ruins in Cancun is Yamil Lu'um, also known as the Templo de Alacran (Scorpions Temple). You'll find the ruins between the Westin Laguna Mar Ocean Resort and the Park Royal Piramides Resort, just steps from the beach. While they're modest compared to the well-known Mayan ruins of Chitzen Itza (at least a 2.5 hour drive from the city), there are no crowds at Yamil Lu'um.

The oceanfront offers the best access to the ruins, which you can easily explore in 10 to 15 minutes.

You can also see ruins of Ruinas el Rey (The King's Ruins) at the Zona Arquelogica El Rey. Located at Boulevard Kukulcan Km 17.5, across from Delphinus Beach, these spots have a budget-friendly admission.

El Rey was the first archeological zone explored in Cancun and it's an important ceremonial centre dating back to 1250-1521 AD. Don't miss the part of the structure labelled as 3B, where archaeologists discovered an ancient crowned head. This archeological site is also a hotbed for hungry iguanas that crowd at your feet waiting to be fed.