2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Visit To Cozumel

2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Visit To Cozumel

A visit to Cozumel is easy.  A 25-minute drive to Playa del Carmen, then a ferry ride for about 30 minutes and I’m in Cozumel.

Yep, it’s that simple.

I’d have been there more except for an illness and 2 visitor cancellations.  WOW!

Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, it was 3 trips a year for scuba diving…. That was fun, it’s one of those things where ‘if I knew then what I know now’.  Meaning I’d have bought a place on Cozumel and would have been there many times for all those years.  But that’s another story.

It’s been about 30 years since our youngest daughter had made a trip with us to Cozumel.  Now, she’s a single mom with 2 kids ages 10 and 7 so……..we thought it’d be appropriate for a return visit.

This particular visit most of the time was spent visiting the San Gervasio Mayan Ruins.  It’s a lot different than it was in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  It’s pathed now.  Back then there were no paths and the road leading to them was nothing but pothole after pothole.  Now, it’s a nice leveled road.

Visiting the San Gervasio Mayan Ruins way back 80’s, 90’s was basically driving up to the ruins and walking a short distance in the jungle to 3 areas.   The 1st setting (not necessarily the main ruins) to thru the arch to the altar (I think this was the main sight).  Now, there’s more to explore.

A lot more to explore…..on a very hot humid day.  I wasn’t quite prepared for this, the same as I wasn’t prepared the Tulum.

And of course, nothing is the same as a memory.  It took a while for me to remember what I’d seen and compare it to now.

2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Visit To Cozumel

The heat and humidity combined with the walking (with or without beverage) can be exhausting!  And it was.

Some of the ruins were spaced as much as 1000 to 1700 feet apart.  But once there, I found it was worth the walk.

San Gervasio is a pre-Columbian Maya archaelogical site that tells a story of a civilization that long ago occupied this spot on the island of Cozumel.

The ruins were once a place of worship of the goddess Ix Chel, deity of the moon, childbirth, fertility, medicine, and weaving.  It seems that the Mayan’s were really in to women……all of the sites I’ve visited revolved around the worship of women.

  Here’s the altar at their worship site……

There’s not much else out here in the jungle, hell there is nothing else out here in the jungle…..you really would have to be going here intentionally.  I try to imagine this place without the road that crosses the island about a kilometer east of the ruins.  Untouched, much like back in the late 80’s.  Now, they’ve got a souviner shoppe, bar and convineince store on site.  A grand entrance gate and a guard house right off the road.

  I’m thinking that most of these ruins are ropped off due to tourists abuse. Probably climbing atop the arch or such.

  This is the well that the Mayan’s used for their drinking water.  It’s dry now…..across to the right of this picture was a cenote’ which was also dry.  I could’ve used a sip of water right about then.

2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Visit To Cozumel

  This is from the largest building on the site….this picture is a mear 3rd of the size of the site.  I’m not sure these sites were originally covered by palapas.

I don’t fully get it.  This was before Mexico was invaded by Spain……the Mayan culture is pre-hispanic.  Slowly I’m catching some of this stuff and the historical significance.

Diego de Landa (The Yucatan Bishop), 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.”  Amazing!  And I just thought it was a mecca for scuba divers!!

Needless to say…….I’ll be back.

Peace, love, and beaches,


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