Mayan Ruins in Cozumel
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.
A 45 minute visit is enough to immerse in the culture and keep exploring the island. If you do not want to travel far distances and learn the rich history of the Maya Civilization San Gervasio is the perfect place to start during your visit to Cozumel.