The Scorpion Temple, or Templo del Alacran, sits on the highest point in Cancun near the Cancun Caribe Park Royal Grand Resort. Built between 1200-1500 AD, the temple gets its name from the remains of a scorpion's sculpture on one of its remaining walls.
The Scorpion Temple is a hidden archaeological site and is easily overshadowed by the towering luxury hotels that surround it. However, it’s a beautiful reminder of what this land once was during the Mayan days. Entrance to see the ruin is free. The steps are steep and somewhat rugged so it's best to visit during the day. With the lack of lighting and a few mojitos, it’s a twisted ankle waiting to happen.
Many more of these structures were erected along the coastline. They were once used as watchtowers and navigational aids to guide sailors toward Chichen Itza. The Mayans also used these coastal temples to warn others of storms and hurricanes. Some of the structures were built so that when the wind exceeded a certain speed, the towers would whistle to warn the locals to take shelter. It's amazing the kind of ingenuity ancient civilizations had before the internet.
If you’d like to visit the ruins, speak to a staff member at the Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort or you can always get a view of it from the beach. The best part about standing at the highest point in Cancun is the view at sunset.
This press trip to Cancun, Mexico was made possible by Cancun Caribe Park Royal Grand Hotel. Thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.