Sitio Arqueológico el Meco en Cancún

El Meco Archaeological Site

Quintana Roo

Due to the works of the Archaeological Zone Improvement Program (Promeza), within the framework of the Tren Maya Project, the archaeological site will remain closed until February 29, 2024.

Located on the coast, it likely played a significant role in the Maya navigation route. From the top of the tallest building in the area, known as El Castillo, there is a privileged view of Cancun and its surroundings.

The Postclassic inhabitants took advantage of the strategic location of this place and turned it into a prosperous city. This generated significant population growth and fostered its strengthening as an economic and possibly religious center, associated with the rituals performed in Isla Mujeres, separated by the Caribbean and located just in front of the site.

The name of the site is the nickname of a local resident from the 19th century, whose nickname referred to a malformation of his lower limbs.

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Monday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 17:00 pm. Last entry at 16:30 hrs.

$75.00 MXN pesos.

600 B.C. – 1500 | Early Classic to Late Postclassic

1200 – 1500 | Postclassic

Where is the El Meco Archaeological Site Located?

It is located north of the city of Cancun, Quintana Roo, on the Puerto Juárez-Punta Sam highway. The site is located 2.7 km away.

  • Fee for video camera
  • Fee for professional cameras
  • INAPAM discount (for seniors)
  • Discount for students and teachers
  • Free admission on Sundays (Mexicans)
  • Free entry for children under 13 years old
  • No smoking allowed


Archaeological Site El Meco

The Castle (Structure 1)

Structure 6

Structure 4

Plaza C

Structure 5