ARCHEOLOGY

Cozumel has beautiful archaeological sites that are well worth visiting, including one that was once an ancient Mayan ceremonial center.

PARADOR TURISTICO DE SAN GERVASIO:
Located 10.5 mi (17 km) east of San Miguel. This Mayan archaeological zone has various groups of buildings that were built in distinct eras. The structures were used for housing, religious and political purposes. Currently, only three groups of buildings are open to the public: Manitas, Plaza Central and Murcielagos. Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

RESERVA ECOLOGICA PARQUE PUNTA SUR:
Located on the island’s southern coast, 18 mi (30 km) from the town of San Miguel. Has virgin beaches and wonderful jungle landscape, such as mangroves, marshes and dunes. Here you can visit the archaeological ruins of El Caracol, which were ancient Mayan worshipping grounds. You can also see an observatory that was probably used by the island’s villagers to predict the arrival of hurricanes and storms.

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