Cozumel (island of the Swallows) is an island in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico‘s Yucatán Peninsula, opposite Playa del Carmen, and close to the Yucatán Channel. Is one of the ten municipalities (municipios) of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The economy of Cozumel is based on tourism as a result of constant visit of cruise ships.

what to do in cozumel
what to do in cozumel


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The most important archaeological site in Cozumel is called San Gervasio(mayan ruins in cozumel), located at 20 minutes from Downtown. The ruins were once a hub of worship of the goddess Ix Chel, an aged deity of childbirth, fertility, medicine, and weaving. Maya women would try to travel to San Gervasio and make offerings at least once in their lives.” The bishop of Yucatán, Diego de Landa, wrote in 1549 that the Maya “held Cozumel in the same veneration as we have for pilgrimages to Jerusalem and Rome, and so they used to go to visit and offer presents there, as we do to holy places; and if they did not go themselves, they always sent their offerings.” Not as impressive as Tulum or Chichen Itza, the mayan site in Cozumel is very rich in history. Several structures are visited in the site, Murcielagos, Manita and the Arch are one of the most famous ones.

what to do in cozumel
shore excursion Dive in cozumel

Water Activities in Cozumel

Punta Sur Park

Punta Sur marks the southern point of Cozumel and is part of the Parque Punta Sur, a 247-acre ecological park that covers the reefs, beaches, lagoons, and low forest of the surrounding area where you can do some water activities.

Punta sur is known as well for his lighthouse, The Celarain lighthouse which sits on the Punta Sur promontory and is part of a nautical museum, you can climb up all the stairs and have a magnificent view of the island, over 100 ft from the ground, spectacular breathtaking views.

Just northeast of it is the Caracol, a Maya building erected during the post-classic period.

Cozumel Traditional Food

Classic Tortilla

In Mexico a tortilla is a type of thin, unleavened flat bread, made from finely ground maize (usually called “corn” in the United States). In Mexico, there are three colors of maize dough for making tortillas: white maize, yellow maize and blue maize (or black maize).
In Aztec times, two or three corn tortillas would be eaten with each meal, either plain or dipped in mole or a chili pepper and water sauce.  Tortillas were also sold at Aztec marketplaces filled with turkey meat, turkey eggs, beans, honey, squash, tuna (a type of cactus fruit) and chili pepper.
Corn tortillas are the basis of many traditional Mexican dishes, such as tacos, tostadas, enchiladas, flautas,  quesadillas, chilaquiles, and tortilla soup (sopa de tortilla). Warmed corn tortillas are also often served as an accompaniment to stews, soups, grilled meats and other dishes, as bread might be served in other cuisines

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