“El Rey” Mayan Archaeological Site


Curiously El Rey, or The King, archaelogical site is currently located in the middle of the tourist zone of the City of Cancun, in Quintana Roo, Mexico. The tourist zone grew around this archaeological site, though fortunately the remains of this place were respected.  Therefore, if you are taking vacations in Cancun you can take the bus that goes along the tourist zone to visit this site.  When you are visiting El Rey, you can see at the distance some modern buildings, so  from a certain point of view you can see this buildings aside the buildings of the arqueological  site, as in one of the last photos.

The buildings of this Mayan site belong to the Late Posclassic period (1200-1500 AD) and they correspond to the East Coast style architecture, contemporary to the well known Mayan archaeological sites of Tulum and Xel-Ha.

Currently, this settlement has 47 structures distributed along Cancun Island and covers 500 meters from north to south and 70 meters east to west.

Archaeological excavations have revealed that the economic activities of this population were based on fishing. There have been also found goods of foreign origin like projectile points made of flint, obsidian blades, beads and pendants of jadeite and quartz. These materials demonstrate the significance of the Mayan trade through established shipping routes along the Caribbean coast, which was dismantled by Spanish exploration and conquest.


8 thoughts on ““El Rey” Mayan Archaeological Site

    • Yes, Angeline! It’s a good excuse to go back to Cancun 🙂
      Thanks for following my blog, I really appreciate it.
      Kind greetings and ¡Happy New Year!

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