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Cancun's Mini Chichen

Most of Mexico's impressive Mayan ruins are located hours away from the beach-ridden tourist traps. Those wanting just a taste of the past, however, can whet their appetites for the main courses at the El Rey Ruins.

The long-evacuated ruins date back to 250 A.D. Visitors can explore the ruins of 47 Mayan buildings and a temple. Far smaller and intimate than other Mayan cityscapes, it's a quick adventure for those who have an extra half-hour or so to themselves.

Admission is expensive, however, and those outside of a guided tour may have no clue what they're looking at since structures aren't marked. Nonetheless, El Rey Ruins' convenient location in Zona Hotelera makes it worth exploring.

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