NileGuide Expert Says:
El Meco is small, but not crowded and the ruins are in good condition. The park is quiet and relaxing. Visiting this site is a great way to spend a couple of hours.
Pto. Juarez-Punta Sam road, Km. 2.7
77500 Cancun, Mexico
El Meco is a small archeological site of Mayan ruins, dating back to the 10th or 11th century. Some researchers believe that this settlement was inhabited as early as the 3rd century, but was then abandoned before being resettled in the 10th or 11th century. The new inhabits were probably Mayans from other sites from the interior of the Yucatan Peninsula, since El Meco was believed to be governed by the rulers of Chichen Itza.
El Meco was a major commercial port city for the Mayas. Due to it's close proximity to Isla Mujeres, it was a departure point for Mayans sailing to the island, and was also an important reference point for coastal navigation. It's location also helped it gain strength as a religious center, associated with rituals held on Isla Mujeres.
The site has only 14 structures, and the main temple is in good condition. From the top of El Castillo, the pyramid at El Meco, there is a great view of Cancun's Chacmochuc Lagoon, however guests are no longer allowed to climb on the ruins. El Meco has only been open to the public for a short time. To get here, you will have to rent a car or hire a taxi for a few hours.
Or you can take a day tour on the Dancer, a boat docked at Playa Tortugas in the Hotel Zone of Cancun; the boat goes to the ruins and Isla Mujeres and includes a guided tour.
Photo by Mauro I. Barea G.