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“A peaceful retreat” 4 of 5 stars
Review of San Gervasio Mayan Site

San Gervasio Mayan Site
Cozumel 77600 , Mexico
0914 872 0093
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Ranked #24 of 79 Attractions in Cozumel
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: 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.
Marengo, OH
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“A peaceful retreat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2008

LOGISTICS -- For $45 USD, we hired a cab to drive us out to San Gervasio and wait for us, while we wandered around. We got there at 2:30, thinking that we'd have until sundown (around 5:30), but we learned that the ruins close at 4pm. Ninety minutes would probably be plenty for an average visit.

For most of our visit we were alone, as there were not very many other visitors. But if we'd had more time, I think that I could have spent another hour just leisurely climbing the ruins and photographing iguanas.

POINTS OF INTEREST -- Most of the ruins date from 1200 to 1600, although some are as old as 1000 years old. Some of the walls have original paint on them. Besides the ruins, the other big attraction are the giant iguanas. There are three types: gray, green and orange. The orange ones prefer the trees, so they're pretty well hidden.

All in all, it was a nice relief from the noise and stimulation of the central district, and seemed more authentically Mexican than many things we saw in Cozumel.

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“Great ruins”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2008

These ruins are a great alternative (cheaper, and much shorter distance from the cruise ship terminal) to Chichen Itza. These would probably be the best ruins to visit on the island. With a nice snack bar and quite expansive ruins to explore, these ruins were some of the most important on the island when they were inhabited making them one of the most important tourist destinations on the whole island. Visit Chichen Itza if you can, if not come here.

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“Interesting Diversion”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2007

We visited the San Gervasio ruins on Dec. 8, 2007, and found the site interesting. It's only a "must see" since Cozumel has few Mayan digs.

When we got there, a "parking attendant" told you where to park, and reassured you he would watch over your vehicle. That wasn't really a concern to us, since we leave no valuables in the jeep, but we still tipped him a couple of bucks when we left.

San Gervasio has a strange pricing system. You first pay as you enter the market area, which is a set of touristy shops set around a small grassy square. However, for tourist shops, they were quite nice, and the prices here were cheaper than the prices in town.

When you are ready to go see the ruins, you have to pay another couple of dollars to get into the National Park system. It wasn't a big deal, but just strange that you had to pay twice.

There were guides available that would work for tips, but we decided to simply walk around and read the interpretive signs at each site. This will be sufficient for most people. The sites were interesting, but some of them have obvious modern rebuilding. Most of them, however, are in their uncovered state. The ancient roads were cool.

You'll probably find some very large iguanas walking about. They tend to be the hit of the park.

Bring plenty of water. The walking is short, but the mugginess is high.

All in all, I would recommend this site for those who are staying on Cozumel. For those who are just visiting the island for a day, save your archeology for the mainland.

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St. George, Utah
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“Don't Underestimate San Gervasio Mayan Ruins”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2007

I was surprised to see that there was only ONE review of these ruins posted here. I think they are a bit overlooked.

We visited Cozumel at the end of a 1-week cruise on NCL earlier this month. In Cozumel, our plan was to take the ship's shore excursion to Tulum, but it was cancelled. So, "Plan B" became to visit San Gervasio so we could at least see SOME Mayan ruins (100 BC to 16th century AD). We were not expecting much as we knew they were small compared to other ruins in Mexico and Central America.

We were very pleasantly surprised at everything! The restrooms (clean), gift shops and snack bar area courtyard was very nice--even upscale compared to the facilities at Kohunlich 2 hours from Costa Maya. The gift shops had a nice variety and at the snack bar you could buy a cold drink, a snack or books about the Mayan ruin areas. We found several GREAT books there that we hadn't seen anywhere else on our cruise--ones we were thrilled to get to add to our library on Mayan ruins.

The site itself was not crowded which was nice. Though not large compared to other ruins, they were VERY interesting and definitely had their own charm. You could see a LOT without walking too far at all. My husband had a sprained ankle, so we really appreciated that.

Among other things, the site has two nice examples of "sacbes" (ancient white roads), a most interesting Temple Of The Hands and all of the ruins sit in a beautiful, tropical setting. San Gervasio is definitely worth your time and can be done in just a couple of hours (including travel time from San Miguel).

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“Been there a #of times and planning to go back”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2007

Been there on several tours and several times without guides. In 95' while self guided we found several cenotes big enough to get into (watch out for the bats) and what looked to be an astrological pyrimid off the marked trails; very impressive. Back in 2005 looking to find that pyrimid again, but instead found what looked to be a ceremonial site; also off the marked trails. A long wall with niches every few feet that looked like they were for lamps or torches. Up the steps to a large platform that on one end had a round stone tub about 4' diam by 3' or so deep. Seemed to be carved right out of the native stone. It was one of the most impressive and unique Mayan ruins I've seen. This was in an area that was hard to find but worth asking about. Best time of year for San Gervasio is winter: no bugs and not too hot with low humidity. Be sure to look for the iguanas and pythons; some very big.

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