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  • Emily N
    New England3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    History lesson from a local
    I think I would have rated it higher if I had been able to attend the festival they have in the summer. Yes it’s $3 per person to get in, & there’s not much to see. It’s a small town, filled with locals and shops. There’s a tequila factory and tasting available there, we were unable to do this as we were running out of time. The ruin is an alter to Ixchel, the Mayan moon goddess. This was my favorite part of the trip. A local sitting nearby happily came over and shared the history of Ixchal and how the Mayans came to Cozumel. I could have spent hours talking to this man, he was wonderful!!!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 November 2023
  • Divinit
    Granbury, Texas81 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Time better spent elsewhere honestly....
    The tequileria is a ripoff for bottle prices. The tequila is great, but don't let them talk you into anything "special". Shops were very nice and negotiable. Not a lot here except souvenirs and the "Mayan Temple" which was also a Christian church....
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 December 2023
  • Stay67660634724
    1 contribution
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointed
    The reviews are pretty accurate about this place. Nice little town but not much to see. My husband and i unfortunately got swindled at the tequila factory as well. Like the other poster said, we tasted amazing tequilas for the tasting but the “12 year” bottle we bought was absolutely disgusting and tasted like the cheapest, trashiest alcohol. We had to dump it. Which was especially upsetting because they overcharged us and i didnt fight hard enough when i asked about the pricing vs what they charged on the credit card. Very upsetting. If you go to the tequila factory, go ahead and do the tasting but what you buy will NOT be what you get. The bottle they present they also said “youll never see these bottles anywhere else” etc etc. A quick google search will show you its the same bottles of crappy tequila with a different label slapped on. The locals we met were very nice. Unfortunately, you WILL get hustled if youre not diligent.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 May 2024
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Stay67660634724
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The reviews are pretty accurate about this place. Nice little town but not much to see. My husband and i unfortunately got swindled at the tequila factory as well. Like the other poster said, we tasted amazing tequilas for the tasting but the “12 year” bottle we bought was absolutely disgusting and tasted like the cheapest, trashiest alcohol. We had to dump it. Which was especially upsetting because they overcharged us and i didnt fight hard enough when i asked about the pricing vs what they charged on the credit card. Very upsetting. If you go to the tequila factory, go ahead and do the tasting but what you buy will NOT be what you get. The bottle they present they also said “youll never see these bottles anywhere else” etc etc. A quick google search will show you its the same bottles of crappy tequila with a different label slapped on.

The locals we met were very nice. Unfortunately, you WILL get hustled if youre not diligent.
Written 31 May 2024
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Divinit
Granbury, TX81 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
The tequileria is a ripoff for bottle prices. The tequila is great, but don't let them talk you into anything "special". Shops were very nice and negotiable. Not a lot here except souvenirs and the "Mayan Temple" which was also a Christian church....
Written 10 December 2023
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Emily N
New England3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
I think I would have rated it higher if I had been able to attend the festival they have in the summer. Yes it’s $3 per person to get in, & there’s not much to see. It’s a small town, filled with locals and shops. There’s a tequila factory and tasting available there, we were unable to do this as we were running out of time. The ruin is an alter to Ixchel, the Mayan moon goddess. This was my favorite part of the trip. A local sitting nearby happily came over and shared the history of Ixchal and how the Mayans came to Cozumel. I could have spent hours talking to this man, he was wonderful!!!
Written 14 November 2023
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Marcia T
New Orleans, LA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
THIS WAS AN AMAZING ADVENTURE into the Mayan Culture! There is so much I want to say about this excursion....the Shaman, making of tortilla, making of coco, making of tequila, the Mexican dancers, lunch, the ball game, AND THE TWO MOST AMAZING TOUR GUIDES: IRVING AND PEDRO! Y'all this is a must see!!!! I will never forget this experience! THANK YOU for allowing us to be a part! MUCHAS GRACIAS!!!
Written 1 August 2023
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sskroll
Orlando, FL1,045 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
It was interesting area with a lot of history attached. There is a church to tour as well as a row of shops to busy different items from local people. There are all types of items from snacks, jewelry, clothing, etc. Bargaining is accepted and can be a lot of un.
Written 25 April 2023
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Julia P
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
What a ripoff! You pay $3/person to gain access to a depressing, dinky little town surrounding a Mayan ruin that has no signage explaining it's significance. What a lost opportunity.
There's a shady group offering cold coconuts, who quote you $3 per coconut, and then after you pay with a $5 and ask for change, they tell you that they said it was $5/coconut. I insisted on my change, but I'd avoid this guy like the plague. Save your time and skip this town - there is nothing cultural about it.
Written 17 April 2023
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Brian K
Manistee, MI21 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
We didn’t go to ruins but went to shops to look for stuff to buy. Everything is double actual value price. They will scam you every time.
Written 2 March 2023
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Steph7
Aylmer, Canada227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Lovely little town. Good spot to see Mayan history as this is the original first community on Cozumel. Cenote was refreshing after a bumpy, off road experience 🙂.
Written 14 February 2023
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Jenniferkm
Sidney, Canada3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We loved our visit to El Cedral. It was a great bike ride from town but we did not know what to expect as we had read these negative reviews - “nothing to see here”, “not worth the price of admission”, etc. We found it a completely charming village with friendly people and we loved biking and walking up and down the village streets, some paved and some not. It is lush due to more rainfall and we enjoyed all the beautiful foliage and there are lovely small well-cared for houses here that I enjoyed photographing. The main square is quite lovely with two big palapa gathering places and there are small shops nearby selling the usual things. Looked like there might have been one restaurant - the hacienda building that looked quite nice. The small Maya ruin is right in the main square beside the church. We only paid $3 each to enter, declining the $15 each that included the cenote. It was quiet and peaceful and a lovely respite from all the frenetic tourist stuff. Highly recommend a visit if you are looking for something different.
Written 7 February 2023
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MissDiaz-7
Fitchburg, WI234 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
There’s nothing to see here. Three dollars each gets you admission to the town; another 15 gets you a visit to the cenote, which we passed on as they told us it was green. We paid our $6, and proceeded down the road to a tiny and depressed town center, where the ruins and Catholic Church are. Visiting the ruins took about 30 seconds, and the church another 90. It wasn’t quaint, it was empty. Other than a series of shops selling the same souvenirs, I don’t know what the draw is here. I’m sorry if this seems harsh but it was a waste of time.
Written 3 February 2023
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