Wednesday, October 21, 2009

El Rey (Mayan Archaeological site in Cancun)

All this week I will be in Cancun for business, so of course I will make the best of it and try to get out as much as I can to find some interesting things and places to shoot! Today I took a bus down the hotel zone to visit "El Rey Archaeological Park". El Rey is not a big site... however it is by no means insignificant. Most people who visit Cancun never bother to check it out because tour guides and agencies tell them that they are better off taking one of THEIR tours to Chichen Itza or Tulum (as if seeing one Maya site is enough! *SCOFS*). However El Rey is right there on the hotel zone and with admission being only 35 pesos its a no brainer. Founded in the 12 century, El Rey is a post classic site whose main economic activity was fishing and trade. The architecture is consistent with other Mayan settlements along the coast of Quintana Roo, such as Tulum, San Gervaiso, El Meco etc. Anyway, here are some photos (note the hotels and telecommunication towers peering through)

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