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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Mayan Ruins

San Gervasio, Cozumel, MEXICO - July 23, 2011

In one of my previous posts, I shared about our experience during our visit to the ruins as one of our itineraries during our Caribbean Cruise.

The Mayan Ruins is an ancient Mayan site during the early Mexican civilization and is now considered as the only protected Mayan site in Cozumel. It has 125 acres of lush green jungle with several ancient structures such as residence, shrines and ancient temples on the archeological site where those crumbling Mayan ruins lie amid lush jungle foliage.
As you explore the ancient structures, you will experience walking along a 1,200 year old limestone roads as you also get the chance to examine the vestiges of the Mayan constructions.

The tour guide will share all about the fascinating myths together with the history of this pre-Hispanic civilization, and be able to discover the story about the Mayan goddess of fertility - "Ixchel" for whom the site was dedicated. She is considered to be the goddess of women, childbirth, pilgrims, the moon and medicine. During those ancient times, many women made regulr pilgrimages to the "island of fertility" in canoes to express their gratitude for the children they had or seek blessings for the children they wished to have.

As you continue to stroll at your own pace, you might be luck enough to see iguanas or monkeys that scamper around. You can probably be able to see colorful birds as well hopping on the tree branches. These creatures can be there or none of them will appear on your sight the whole time you are there.

By the way, did you know that these ancient structures at San Gervasio were made from a combination of stucco, honey, gum (from gum trees) and crushed shells? You can be able to check them yourselves if you are planning to join this excursion!