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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  • I was ten days ago in Cozumel with family and friends and we had intended to go to Tulum, but as the sea was very crushed, we decided to stay in Cozumel and visit the island and especially the ruins of San Gervasio, which we did not expect much. Upon arrival we decided to hire the services of a guide and had great lucky that was Fanny Gonzalez, since he made that our visit was very special and unforgettable! He told us many things of Maya culture with as much tenderness and knowledge, which made the tour very pleasant and short! We would have stayed all morning listening to it! Recommend 100 percent, since it will make your magical visit and will leave very satisfied! Greetings from Spain great Fanny!
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  • We traveled to Cozumel with our 9 year old son and 6 year old daughter and used San Gervasio to gauge their interests in a possible future trip to Tulum or one of the larger mainland ruins. It was ver...  more »
  • RUINS MAYA of SAN GERVASIO open every day from 8 to 15:45 hs. It is necessary to arrive with time since there is a lot to explore. Everything is very well signposted and well maintained. Located 7 km to the East of the city of San Miguel de Cozumel, is the most important archaeological site on the island. It was a shrine of the Maya goddess Ixchel (IX means the feminine and CH 'The' white face is to say that it was the goddess of the Moon and also of fertility). It was also a centre of pilgrimage where the Mayan women were to worship him as it was for them an obligation to go, at least once in life, to pay tribute to the goddess Ixchel. It seems that he has also been a strategic site for the trade and the political development of the region. The Mayans created complex societies where individuals had different political, religious and economic status. They founded cities and towns, they performed great engineering works such as roads (sacbes = white roads that were clear for to be traveled at night, in straight lines by hundreds of kilometers and no unevenness in the entire length of the path), works of hydraulic, agricultural activities, developed architectural and artistic works still on foot, had its own writing, they reached a high development in math and can solve complex calculations with the number zero, an advanced knowledge knowledge of astronomy and a calendar of 13 months. They spent several periods before the arrival of European colonizers the Preclassic period between the 2000AC and 300DC, classical period from the 300 to the 600DC, late classic of the 600 to the 900DC, of 900 to the 1200DC Terminal classic and Postclassic 1200 to this com 1500DC San Gervasio plexopathy consists of several groups of architectural structures linked by a network of roads. (SEE THE MAP AS PUBLIC) The first group of structures post-classic (1200-1500) is located a few meters from the entrance to Chichen Nah (small house) period its architectural features and its reduced space suggest that you had ceremonial purposes because it presents or small temple in B - handyman inside: so called because red handprints on the interior walls. Belongs to two construction seasons but both of the Postclassic period (1200 to the 1500DC) consists of two enclosures, of which the external would have been the residence of Lord Itzá of the elite of Cozumel and the inner sanctuary or oratory of the same C-the Tomb : Its construction belongs to two times the Terminal classic period (1000 to 1200) and post-classic (1200 to 1500DC). Has it is so called because the unique domed tomb of San Gervasio has been found inside. It consists of a platform without buildings over by what is supposed that here held ceremonies outdoors with the participation of the people who went to the square. There was an altar and sidewalks D-Estructura 31: of the Postclassic period (1200-1500) was a construction apparently residential and housing of a Lord of Cozumel, with spacious interiors, a portico to the front and roof of Palms E - 32 structure would have been: at the same time that the former is a small temple of masonry which would have been a kind of Chapel of the Lord the second group corresponds to the Central Square, around which eight temples and structures are found mainly in the Postclassic period (1200 a 1500DC). her leaving three ceremonial roads (sacbes) to other residential and religious centres J - columns: has two periods of construction. The oldest of the Terminal classic period (1000 to 1200) that was partially covered by another of the Postclassic period (1200 to 1500). It has seven columns, a sidewalk that runs everything inside and a throne or altar in the middle. On the side there are venues where were six burials with offerings such as Obsidian navajillas, inciensarios clay and small stelae carved with different characters K - niches: Postclassic period. He is named for adorativos kids that are on the side stair which should serve to deposit offerings. At the top I had a vaulted stone ceiling and the interior was decorated in blue. From this point out a sacbe towards Temple Nohoch Nah L-Estructura 25B: Postclassic period. It is a room colonnaded roofed masonry on a base of wood beams. A sidewalk is attached to the wall along the entire interior. There are three pillars of square base and three columns of M - El Osario round base: Postclassic period. He is so called because during their exploration they found here numerous human remains. It had walls and ceilings of masonry and next to this structure is the beginning of sacbé 4 that connects the main square with another housing group opposite these four structures mentioned above are other three important structures N - Palace: Postclassic period. Room with 19 columns, some of which are double, with benches inside and a kind of altar or throne in the central part, where surely sat the major character chairing the meeting with people in the community. The roof was flat built beamed as a skeleton or - murals: Postclassic period. Inside some fragments of murals were coloured red, blue, black and ochre, which gave the name to the structure. Had geometric patterns, jagged lines, scrolls, etc. Met ceremonial functions which had altars and stools inside P - the Alamo: Postclassic period. It is a temple originally covered and you can still see a section of the vault in the form of inverted ladder. Inside there is an altar where offerings were deposited. The entire building was covered with stucco and interior walls decoration consisted of bands, spiral and red hands. In the Centre of the main square is Q - the Altar: Terminal classic period with another later structure that covers the first of the Postclassic period. It had ceremonial functions by its location in the center of the square as a podium from where someone was going to the people who gathered at the place. On the West side there is a stairway with ridges completely covered stucco and is the most ancient other places G - Temple of Nohoch Nah (Great House): is the northernmost of the two previous groups and came by the sacbé which came out from the structure Los niches. It had an altar where offerings of the people inside. It was coated and richly decorated with red, ochre and blue. H - the Temple of bats: lies to the North and West, departing from the Central Square, between the buildings of the columns and the Alamo. He was also joined by a transverse sacbe with Temple Nohoch Nah. During the late classic period (600 to 900DC) it was the most important Temple of San Gervasio and the residence of Halach Uinic (Chief), but in the Postclassic Center of the power of san Gervasio moved to central square area R - Temple of Ixchel (Ka'na Nah) : to the West of the Central Plaza becomes it by the sacbé coming from Los Murales. It is one of the largest San Gervasio structures. The upper part of the temple was coated and painted with red, ochre, blue, green and black colors. The stairs were decorated with small human faces
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