Rent a Car                            view  
  Tulum                            view  


Archaeological Zone El Rey
Yucatán, México
08:00 a 19:00


The prehispanic occupation of the island of Cancun and "The King" in particular, seems to have started very early in an era (ca. 300 ane), when surely had small settlements with low platforms on which rested constructions of wood and palm which is not kept any evidence. Later, between 200 and 1200 dne, appears to have retained as an area of small settlements, possibly involved in fishing and trade in salt. It was not until the period known by the archaeological as posclásico late, the area takes on greater importance island demographic and architectural. The structures that can be seen today in "The King" correspond to the time (1300 - 1550 dne) and are typical examples of the architectural style known as eastern coast, which also belong sites better known as "Tulum."

Like other coastal towns in the area, "King" should have functioned as the center of a small town dedicated primarily to maritime trade and fishing activities, as it was located in a privileged position that allows access to both the Caribbean Sea as the Laguna Nichupté, places where traditionally have yielded various edible species. This apparent boom would have been destroyed on arrival of the Spaniards in the sixteenth century, it meant the dismantling of the routes that had been held in the Caribbean for several centuries in the future and the flight of the inhabitants of "King" and other sites. Towards the interior of the peninsula, the area was uninhabited and at the mercy of pirates who plagued the seas over the next three centuries.


Importance of place

It is located in the southern portion of the former island of Cancun, currently linked to the mainland by two bridges: The original name of the site is unknown, and only very recently was christened with the name of "King" because it the site was discovered in the upper portion of a sculpture representing a human face decorated with an elaborate touched, it certainly portrays a character senior. Today, the head of "The King" is exposed and sheltered in the Archaeological Museum of Cancun.




It is located 10 kms. To the south of Cancun Convention Center, opposite the Hotel Caesar's Park and close to the aeropuertoera, so it's very easily accessible.

Principal Structures

Structures 1 and 4 are large palaces formed by large galleries with columns supporting a roof level. In the interior of these elegant spaces, surely Briefings political and administrative attended the noble personages who ruled the city, the servers they settled in the buildings that minors are aligned along the surrounding areas and the road to which reference has been made above.

The main body is complemented by the structure 3, which includes at least three kinds palace buildings, which seem to have worked as real rooms, because here has been identified glyph Ahau, which denotes nobility and sovereignty of its people.



2003 - 2007 Cancun Maya Riviera. All rights reserved
powered by Internet Móvil