Did you know that Cancun has archaeological sites? In fact many visitors and locals believe that to see a pyramid you have to travel to the magical town of Valladolid to visit Chichen Itza or take a stroll through the city of Tulum to see the pyramids of Coba, but why travel so far when we have several pyramids nearby? Between the city of Cancun, Puerto Juarez and Isla Mujeres, there are 5 archaeological sites and today we will talk about one in particular: El Meco Archaeological Site.
What is El Meco Archaeological Site?
El Meco is a small archaeological zone located north of Cancun in Puerto Juarez. At a distance of seven kilometers from the junction between the hotel zone and downtown, on Kukulkan Boulevard and Bonampak Avenue, on the road to Punta Sam,
It is a small restored area of the post-classical era, where you can see a large pyramid and the ruins of what were once halls. And although it is not a very well known place, it is a place where the tranquility pools and has allowed various reptiles to live in tranquility and harmony with the few visitors to the place.
Very little is really known about this small site, however it is or rather “was” constituted by a building known as “El Castillo” is the highest in the region and from its top you can have a privileged view of the island of Cancun and its surrounding areas, which must have given it a strategic importance in pre-Hispanic times.
Of course, this was many years ago, because today there are only ruins of what was once a place that according to the latest studies, is related to the ruins of the city of Tulum.
Cost and schedule El Meco
The visiting hours are from 8 am to 4 pm and the entrance fee is only 55 Mexican pesos for everyone.
How to get to the archaeological site El Meco
El Meco archaeological site is located at a distance of 24.8 km from Cancun airport and at a distance of 9.1 km from downtown Cancun and to get there, your first step is to go to Puerto Juarez. This can be done through a private transportation service to Puerto Juarez or by public transportation.
It is really not very complicated to get to Puerto Juarez from downtown Cancun, you can even get there by bicycle and take advantage of the beauty of this small fishing region of the Viviera Maya.