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Cancun’s El Meco archaeological site to be part of new metropolitan tour circuit

By Tribune Travel

June 12, 2023

The monumental area of El Meco, an archaeological zone near the Cancun Hotel Zone and eight kilometers from the city center, will once again join the Caribbean coastal strip, thus becoming a destination that will combine interest in the region’s Mayan past with the attractiveness of the beach that faces  Isla Mujeres.

El Meco (trade channel) was a nodal center for maritime traffic developed by the ancient inhabitants of the bay of Isla Mujeres, which maintained links with Tulum, Muyil and Cobá, being a prosperous city.

Among the structures that managed to survive the ravages of time is the civic and ceremonial plaza, where stands the tallest building in the region, El Castillo at 12.5 meters high, which is believed to be a pilgrimage center and lookout point towards the region of Cancun and Isla Mujeres.

El Meco has been chosen as one of the 10 archaeological zones in the state of Quintana Roo given its proximity to the Maya Train route. New areas of research and visits will be opened on the Mayan coast of the Caribbean.

Once complete, it will become part of a circuit in the metropolitan area of Cancun, which will include the archaeological sites of El Rey, San Miguelito and the Mayan Museum of Cancun.





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