San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, Cozumel

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Follow in the footsteps of Mayan women, who were expected to make the pilgrimage to San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site at least once in their lifetime. An ancient reminder of the once-mighty Mayan civilization, the spiritual site was dedicated to the worship of a feminine god, Ix Chel, hence its importance to Mayan women. Consider taking a guided tour to fully appreciate the site's epic history, although information boards in English mean self-guided exploration can still prove rewarding. Look out for the site's resident iguanas, who like to bask in the sun. Bring your camera and sunscreen, and consider arriving early before it gets busy. Add San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and other attractions to your Cozumel trip itinerary using our Cozumel trip itinerary app.
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  • This is a very popular tourist attraction but go early to avoid the bus tours. The place is not that big. Ana was our tour guide and she was excellent. Well worth the $20.00 plus tip. She...  more »
  • We stopped here one day to see the local Mayan Ruins when we had rented a car. We did not use a tour guide as we wanted to be on our own time frame. Most of the ruins had descriptor plaques, which...  more »
  • This experience was great. I am Mexican and getting to know more about my heritage was great. We paid for a guide, but it is really not necessary. In the future I want to take my family there. I.....  more »
  • It’s a very cool place the only reason I gave it 4 stars was because the main entrance is covered with people trying to sell you stuff and they are nonstop. You literally have to run through the main corridor to not be bothered. Besides that it is definitely worth seeing.
  • This place was amazing!! We went when they first opened at 9 a.m. (supposed to be 830am to 345pm). There are two fee's to pay and a third if you want a guided tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. He was able to answer all my questions. This is one of the larger ruins on the island.
  • The tour is a must-do! We had an amazing time but should have started our day there as we didn’t want to leave at closing time. José was an incredible guide who was full of so much phenomenal information and we would have loved to spend much longer learning from him. He brought the place to life for us so we could see beyond the ‘ruins’ and understand more about the significance of the location in relation to the Mayan culture/history. Without him/guided tour, it would not have been so exciting/fun/fascinating. Thanks José!!
  • Great place to visit with younger children. Small compact ruins perfect for smaller children and older patrons. The day we went we were the only ones there. Plan for about 2.5 hours
  • San Gervasio was a sanctuary dedicated to Ixchel, Mayan goddess of love, medicine and fertility. The earliest structures of the complex are dated for Classic period, but most of them were build in Post-Classic period (13th - 17th century). The site was connected with a sacbe, one of the Mayan sacred roads. The most important buildings are Estructura de los Murales (Structure of the Murals), Nohoch Nah (Big House), Murcielagos (Bats) and El Arco (The Arch). It's easy to reach the site from San Miguel de Cozumel, taxi is the best way to get there if you don't have your own transport.

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