El Rey Archaeological Site

Quintana Roo

It was one of the main ports within the coastal commercial network of the Caribbean. It has two plazas and numerous structures, some of which preserve remnants of mural paintings with representations of gods.

One of the most outstanding features of El Rey is the careful layout of a causeway, on the sides of which platforms with residential buildings were constructed; each of these ‘houses’ has individual details, but all follow the typical pattern of residential structures from the Late Postclassic period, that is, a porticoed entrance with a sidewalk, where daytime activities were likely carried out, and another rear, more private area, which could have functioned as a bedroom.

It receives this name because of the anthropomorphic sculpture whose interpretation was that of a noble character.

Near Station




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

$75.00 MXN pesos.

300 B.C. – 1550 | Preclásico Medio a Posclásico Tardío

1200 – 1550 | Posclásico

In 1909, the first photograph of the ‘Head of the King’ was taken, currently exhibited at the Maya Museum of Cancun.

Where is the El Rey Archaeological Site Located?

Cancun Hotel Zone, Kilometer 18 of Kukulcan Boulevard, Quintana Roo.

  • 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 of El Rey (The King)

Pyramidal base

Building of the Paintings

Structure 4