Points of Interest in Isla Mujeres
El Garrafon National Reef Park
Located on the southern point of Isla Mujeres, Garrafon Natural Reef Park offers vacationers a splendid array of attractions and activities. Whether you are interested in water activities or land-based attractions, this park has it all. Explore the park and wander through the impressive outdoor sculpture garden full of works by internationally renowned artists. Visit the mysterious ruins of an ancient Mayan temple constructed in tribute to the moon goddess, Ixchel. If you have a thirst for adventure you can ascend the climbing tower as well as ride a zipline out over the Caribbean waters before splashing down. This amazing park offers visitors a choice of many great aquatic activities which can be reserved through this website, including dolphin swims, snorkeling tours, and more.
Atop a rugged cliff-face overlooking the Mujeres Bay, the ancient Mayans constructed a temple dedicated to the goddess Ixchel. The ruins of this limestone structure still stands, weather beaten by the trade winds and sea air. This sixty-five foot cliff is the highest natural point on the island (as well as all of the Yucatan). Isla Mujeres (Isle of Women) earned its name because of the stone idols dedicated to the goddess of fertility. During ancient times, many women made pilgrimages to the island in honor of Ixchel (also the moon goddess). Punta Sur is a great elevated spot to look across the bay for a panoramic view of Cancun.
The estate of Fermín Mundaca de Marecheaga once encompassed half of the island. Now the remnants of this Spanish-style hacienda and its surrounding gardens are a tourist attraction. Mundaca was once a fearsome pirate and nefarious slave trader who settled on Isla Mujeres after extensive struggles against the British Navy. It is rumored that Mundaca began construction on this lovely estate in 1860 in order to win the heart of a women. This unrequited love story is legendary on the island. You will be delighted at the sight of the colorful garden often teeming with vibrantly plumed songbirds.