It is not difficult to understand why Cozumel Island’s natural beauty attracted its Mayan dwellers centuries ago. The great Mayan civilization flourished from the Yucatan to Guatemala 2,000 years before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores. Mayans populated Cozumel Island from 300 A.D. to 1500 A.D. Smaller archeological sites reminiscent of Mayan culture are scattered throughout the Island. The most significant site is San Gervasio. It is believed that San Gervasio served as a sacred city. Legend has it that this was once a sanctuary where women journeyed to worship Ixchel, the goddess of love and fertility. Ceremonial temples were built in her honor and as a sign of her gratitude; Ixchel presented her devotee followers with her favorite bird. This is why the Mayans named the Island Cuzamil-Pectin, which means Land of the Swallows.
is Cozumel Island’s largest archaeological site. Extending through 10 acres of lush vegetation, this site and restoration project gives us a sparkling glimpse into the ancient Maya civilization. Morning bilingual guided tours cost between $12 to $20 Dlls per group. You can also tour the site on your own. (consider bringing insect repellent before you venture on the nature walk into the site)
Admission fee $5.00 USD. Free entrance for children under 11 years. Park Hours: 7 A.M. through 4 P.M. year round. Transversal highway Km 7.5.
Top off your day with an afternoon horseback ride. Several tours are available for different sites around the island. Sunset rides are relaxing and usually include dinner outdoors.
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