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Explore the Mayan Ruins in Cozumel

Explore the Mayan Ruins in Cozumel

San Gervasio Mayan Ruins in Cozumel

While the Royal Caribbean onboard experience is enough in itself, one of the things I most loved about my Liberty of the Seas cruise was the shore excursion I took in Cozumel, Mexico. At first it was a difficult decision to choose a shore excursion in Cozumel. There were so many fun and exciting things to do like swimming with the dolphins and snorkeling. After much debate, I settled on the Mayan Ruins, Island Tour, and Beach excursion. It seemed to offer a little of everything and left enough time for me to do a some shopping in the afternoon.

San Gervasio Mayan Ruins in Cozumel

This excursion was a great way to discover the past and present of the beautiful Island, Cozumel, explore the Mayan Ruins and enjoy a wonderful time at the Beach.

San Gervasio Mayan Ruins in Cozumel

After being greeted by my guide, Cesar, I boarded an air-conditioned motor coach for a short drive to the Mayan ruins of San Gervasio, the sanctuary of the goddess Ixchel the main Mayan entity in the island.

Our tour guide, Cesar, had a wonderful sense of humor and was very educated on the Mayan culture as well as the ruins. He walked my group through the ruins and explained all details about the millenary Mayan culture and the vestiges left for us all to admire.

San Gervasio Mayan Ruins in Cozumel

San Gervasio is the largest Mayan Ruins site on Cozumel, and also the most significant. It was a holy site, dedicated to Ixchel, the goddess of love and fertility. Mayan women would pilgrimage there from all over the country to pray at the temples of San Gervasio. The settlement dates back as far as 100 B.C., and was continually settled starting in 200 A.D.

San Gervasio Mayan Ruins in Cozumel

It was interesting to learn how Mayan women paid several visits to San Gervasio throughout their lifetime such as when puberty was met, when the married, and again to give birth to their children.

San Gervasio Mayan Ruins in Cozumel

I felt this was a very worthwhile tour and highly recommend it. There are a couple of things to keep in mind, if you are planning to do this excursion.

The path you walk is very rocky and uneven at times, making it difficult for strollers, wheelchairs and unbalanced people like myself. Luckily, I didn’t encounter any spills along the way.

San Gervasio Mayan Ruins in Cozumel

Expect it to be very hot and dress appropriately. If you get tired, no worries because there are plenty of good flat rocks you can sit on to rest.

Royal Caribbean Brought Me to the Mayan Ruins in Cozumel

The journey continued after the Mayan ruins tour, to the wilder side of the island. A scenic drive around the island took us to the stunning Chen Rio beach. The untamed beach and the blue crystal waters of the Caribbean were a sight unmatched. We had plenty of time to enjoy lunch at a beachside restaurant, and play in the waves.

I’ll be following up with another blog post soon, sharing more on Chen Rio beach. Also, be sure to have plenty of cash with you for shopping at the ruins on-site gift shop. I purchased my Mom a beautiful fresh water pearl and black coral necklace for a steal.

San Gervasio Mayan Ruins in Cozumel

You never know who you might run into at the ruins.

The Mayan Ruins, Island Tour and Beach shore excursion currently costs $59, plus guide tip. I felt it was worth every penny. Many thanks to Royal Carribbean, Brandflential, and Brandcation for making my amazing time aboard Liberty of the Seas possible!

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  • I am glad to see that you had a great time and enjoyed yourself. My husband and I took a Royal Caribbean Cruise two weeks ago to the Bahamas and had a wonderful time. Best cruise I have every had.


  • So happy we did this excursion! It was the best of all Cozumel had to offer I think. We got to see the ruins, eat and drink on the beach and enjoy the stunning beach plus we got a tour of the island. So happy that I was with you and April.

  • Oh, how I envy you! The Mayan culture was so advanced and still mostly a mystery. Someday, some way, I hope to follow in your footsteps.

  • Cozumel sounds wonderful. I’ve always wanted to go check out the Mayan Ruins, whether it be there or somewhere else in Mexico. I hope to get there someday! Also on my bucket list if I ever make it there is to snorkel – I’ve heard it’s awesome!

  • That looks like an amazing trip, I would love to go there and see those ruins. I went to Honduras last year, but I did not get the chance to tour any of the ruins.

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