Points of Interest in Cozumel
San Gervasio Mayan Ruins
Deep in the jungle in the northern area of the isle, you can discover Cozumel's largest ancient archaeological site now called San Gervasio. The ruins at this ancient ceremonial hub show the influence of both Toltec and Mayan architecture. These limestone structures are evidence of the sacred importance of the island to worshippers of the Moon Goddess, Ixchel. Because Ixchel was also the diety of fertility, Cozumel was once the site of many pilgrimages by Mayan women. This site was originally occupied at least seventeen hundred years ago. You will be amazed by the intricate relief carvings in the limestone at San Gervasio.
Chankanaab National Marine Park
This wonderful national marine preserve on the leeward coast of Cozumel offers visitors a chance to witness a dazzling array of tropical fish, like parrot fish, angel fish, and sergeant majors swarming the coral reef in the clear shallow waters off the lovely beach. Below the water's placid surface you can also view a shipwreck, undersea caverns, and the statue of la Virgen del Mar. On the shore, visitors can stroll through a botanical garden and view reproductions of the ancient carvings of Mayan, Olmec, Aztec, and Toltec design. Archaeological buffs will appreciate the replica of a Mayan village.
Faro Celarain Eco Park
This massive nature preserve at the southern point of Cozumel covers almost two hundred and fifty acres of unspoiled wilderness. On the land, visitors can see a wide array of indigenous wildlife, including crocodiles and aquatic birds like herons, flamingos, and egrets. The many brackish lagoons in the park serve as a thriving coastal habitat for an array of flora and fauna. You can visit the ancient Mayan lighthouse of El Caracol as well as the more modern lighthouse. This lighthouse, Faro de Celarain, has now been converted into a maritime museum. Visitors can ascend the one hundred and thirty-four stairs to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the park and the fantastic seascape. The pristine beaches of the park border some of the best shallow-water snorkeling waters in the Caribbean.