San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site

San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site

San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site
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Although not as popular as Chichén Itzá, these ancient Mayan ruins are noteworthy in their own right, as this is the site where Mayan women paid tribute to the goddess of love and fertility.
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  • Ck_Nest
    Kennesaw, Georgia679 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A walk in Mayan Ruins
    We had a blast at this Mayan site. The Mayan roads between the buildings were amazing as they are over 100 years old. We opted for a tour guide who was very knowledgeable. I’d recommend bring water and bug spray. There was plenty of wildlife there including birds, iguanas, butterflies, etc. it took about 2 hours to walk most of the paths to the different locations.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 June 2023
  • Katie400
    Germantown, Tennessee60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So worth a visit if you do it right!
    We loved Chichén Itzá, and were on the fence about visiting this relatively small site. We are so glad we did! Like visiting Chichén Itzá, getting a guide after entering (and paying the initial entry fee) was the way to go. Pablo, our guide was wonderful. We are frugal travelers, but visiting these sites with a guide is worth every penny. We got there relatively early (9:15ish) and were out before the tour busses arrived en mass. Probably not worth doing if you don't get a guide.... the info at each area is minimal. Every worker we encountered there was friendly and professional. If you can snag Pablo as a guide, you'll have an amazing experience! Added bonus... it had just rained and the mosquitoes were out in force. For $1 per person we were sprayed with repellant upon entering and only on bite between the three of us! Guide cost was $30. Would have been worth twice that!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 July 2023
  • mike v
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hidden find.
    What a great hidden find. The ruins here are like a Mexican Stone Henge. They way the ancients setup the sight is really fascinating. The story of how the Legend of El Dorado came to be was fascinating. Ivan our guide was great
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Shannon L
    Kentucky34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Fun Excursion with lots of History!
    Our family of 5 visited the ruins earlier this month as part of a Carnival Cruise excursion. This place was amazing! While the ruins were not as large as others on the mainland, it is a location rich with history. Iguanas could be spotted everywhere! It was very hot when we toured the location, but was pleased that our guide made a point to stop us in shaded areas. Mosquito spray is a must!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • csserious2
    Chantilly, Virginia819 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A touch of Mayan history
    Mayans are ancient people and their archeological relics are spread throughout the vast stretch of land. We decided to take a look while vacationing in Cozumel. The first thing that will startle you is the erection of two ticket booths, they charge $7 first, then $6 about 100 yards into the site. The guides are present nearby in case you need one. They charge 600 pesos for less than hour, 50 extra for credit card. There are few buildings to take a look as well as an opportunity to photoshoot. The bigger Mayan sites located mainland are more impressive and worth the time and money.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 December 2023
  • Hold-the-Elevator
    Kerrville, Texas61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit to an ancient world.
    I recommend this tour. Do your visit in the morning, when it's cooler. We engaged Luis as our tour guide, and it is said that he is "the best," and I tend to agree. He answered questions when we had them, he was patient with us, and by the end of the tour he was practically a family friend. If you get Luis, and if he hasn't brought it up by the end of the tour, ask him for a brief explanation of the Mayan numbering system. I finally understand how it works. So tour these ruins, try to get Luis if he's available, and be sure to bring water.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 January 2024
  • mckjl3
    Washington DC, District of Columbia117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Morning Excursion!
    We really enjoyed our tour here. Our tour guide was excellent! Our group was the first to arrive and it’s so worth it to be the first ones there. It was cool and shady. The paths are all dirt or rocks so it is not handicap accessible. The ruins are in various stages of preservation. Seeing the handprints of the Mayan people was incredible. They do have a dozen or so shops outside of the park with people selling souvenirs. All were kind and pleasant. If you want to bring a drone, go pro, or large recording device (larger than a cell phone) you do have to pay for a permit (I believe they said it was $3).
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 January 2024
  • Barbara S
    Lansing, Michigan12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mayan Ruins
    This was a fabulous visit to the ancient ruins within Cozumel. The grounds were just gorgeous and our tour guide, Trisha, was the best!! So knowledgeable, smart and kind. I would highly recommend a tour of these ruins while in Cozumel and asking for Trish. You won’t regret it!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 February 2024
  • Hines Edventures
    Marietta, Georgia68 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    No temples here but a great educational tour and beach time
    We had hoped to see a large Mayan temple, but we didn't. So, if you are looking for an excursion to see that, this is not the one. What you do see, however, is a great Mayan ruin of a once thriving society. The tour guide, Israel, was nice but very verbose. He shared all the information he had at every stop, but people ended up ignoring him. After the tour, we went to the beach. Be warned, this is a tourist money trap where they only accept cash! Bring about $100 per person for lunch, beach chairs, and umbrellas. The beach is Chen Rio, so you can look it up on a map to see where they are taking you. The tour bus driver was nice though, so I gave it a 4 because the beach was actually nice for the 90 minutes we had on it and the ruin site was very educational. Enjoy the experience.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 March 2024
  • Jeff S
    Saint Charles, Missouri66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great educational stop in Cozumel!
    This was a very educational stop on our “Legacy of the Maya and Chocolate Tasting” cruise excursion. We enjoyed learning more about the Mayan culture and way of life. This is an awesome stop for your Cozumel trip! I highly recommend a visit-especially for history buffs!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 March 2024
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR5,090 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
My wife and I visited San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site during a shore excursion on a Viking ocean cruise through the Panama Canal this past December. Although not as impressive as a site like Tikal, it is still very interesting because it is dedicated to fertility.
Written 18 June 2024
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Monica M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
The ruins were beautiful. Our tour guide Trisha was very knowledgeable. She gave us a lot of information and interesting facts. She was very quick to remind us not to touch the stones if we did not want any babies as this was a site for the elite to come to be blessed with fertility. Haha! I did not touch anything!
Written 16 June 2024
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Roberta R
31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The price was kind of high. $8 for federal tax, then take a few steps and you pay another $8 for state taxes, so around $16 pp. It was great seeing ruins, very hot, no shade, not many places to rest, recommend tennis shoes, bottle water is $4. No crowds when we went, does take awhile to see, we were there for an hour
Written 20 May 2024
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Tina A
Houston, TX39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We have been to many ruins and we visited this one as an excursion from the Norwegian Prima. It is a small ruin site but we still enjoyed it, as usual. Very good guide with interesting information. Bought a beautiful necklace from the artisans near the site. The ruins were followed by a Tequila tasting which was fun and enjoyable.
Written 12 May 2024
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Rachelle W
21 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
There are two different departments that sell tickets to the ruins. The first department sold us a ticket and then when we got to the second department, which was literally about 15 steps in front of us, that one was closed. The man's name was Javier and he was extremely rude. We told him that we had just bought tickets and how could he be closing if we had just bought tickets and he did not work with us at all. The name of his department is Encargado de la Zona Archeological del INAH de Cozumel "San Gervasio." We thought we were being scammed. So do not buy tickets anywhere close to closing time because you may be able to buy one ticket and then not the other. We were extremely disappointed.
Written 22 April 2024
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Monique J
Halifax, Canada3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We went to the ruins as part of an excursion from the Celebrity Reflection.

It was a bit of a drive there, on a bus, but once we were there it was very cool. Not literally, as the day we went it was 31°c! Thankfully, the bus had a/c.

Our tour guide Yane was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and kept us on track.

We learned a lot of the Mayan calendar, the limestone, the temples and what the Mayans worshipped. The structures were amazing to see in person and we also saw a couple of iguanas!

Would highly recommend!
Written 10 April 2024
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Jeff S
Saint Charles, MO66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This was a very educational stop on our “Legacy of the Maya and Chocolate Tasting” cruise excursion. We enjoyed learning more about the Mayan culture and way of life. This is an awesome stop for your Cozumel trip! I highly recommend a visit-especially for history buffs!
Written 23 March 2024
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njcavalier
Chatham, NJ395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The San Gervasio archaeological site is a must-see for anyone visiting Cozumel who is interested in history. Once a hub of worship to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of childbirth and fertility, this site is comprised of severable notable structures. These include Ka’na Nah, a pyramid that was probably a temple to Ixchel. Other structures include El Arco, the stone arch that marked the main entrance to the complex and the six buildings that surround the Central Plaza, with its altar platform at the center. This site is by no means as large as well-known Mayan sites such as Chichen Itza or Tulum. But San Gervasio offers a fascinating glimpse into Mayan life and worship and is well worth a visit.
Written 12 March 2024
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Hines Edventures
Marietta, GA68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had hoped to see a large Mayan temple, but we didn't. So, if you are looking for an excursion to see that, this is not the one. What you do see, however, is a great Mayan ruin of a once thriving society. The tour guide, Israel, was nice but very verbose. He shared all the information he had at every stop, but people ended up ignoring him. After the tour, we went to the beach. Be warned, this is a tourist money trap where they only accept cash! Bring about $100 per person for lunch, beach chairs, and umbrellas. The beach is Chen Rio, so you can look it up on a map to see where they are taking you. The tour bus driver was nice though, so I gave it a 4 because the beach was actually nice for the 90 minutes we had on it and the ruin site was very educational. Enjoy the experience.
Written 4 March 2024
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Barbara S
Lansing, MI12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This was a fabulous visit to the ancient ruins within Cozumel. The grounds were just gorgeous and our tour guide, Trisha, was the best!! So knowledgeable, smart and kind. I would highly recommend a tour of these ruins while in Cozumel and asking for Trish. You won’t regret it!
Written 13 February 2024
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