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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  • Olivia K
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Learn the local culture!
    This has been on the list for the past few visits... glad we were able to check it out. There are 2 entrance fees (one is federal and one is state) for a total of $12.50 usd. I would recommend paying for a tour guide ($30 usd). Angel was ours, and he was quite knowledgeable about the Mayan culture. Be sure to have bug spray!! Definitely not in the scale of Tulum or Chitcheitza, but definitely worth checking out!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 28, 2023
  • Craig M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing tour at San Gervasio
    We visited the San Gervasio site today 03/06, and were not disappointed. Our group of 6 arrived via taxi, and after purchasing our tickets we’re greeted by our extremely friendly tour guide Trisha. Trisha was very knowledgeable of the site and excitedly showed us every aspect of the site she was passionate about. We learned a lot, and had an amazing time doing so. She gave us plenty of time to ask her any questions that we had about each stop around the tour, and again was extremely passionate and knowledgeable with her answers. Amazing site, amazing views, amazing information and an amazing tour guide.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 6, 2023
  • Terri G
    Clay, New York106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    SO much history
    Visited the ruins as part of a tour by Tripping Cool on Thursday, Feb 9. Our guide was phenomenal. I wish I could remember his name. He explained so many things about the ruins that if you had taken the tour by yourself, you definitely would have missed. As someone who loved history, thoroughly enjoyed this tour.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 7, 2023
  • Fred M
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Experience
    The Mayan Site was extremely interesting. The site should be more accessible for people in wheelchairs. That being said the site offers a paid tour guide. Our guide Tricia was amazing, her knowledge of the site and Mayan customs/culture was superb and she was a great help with our mother, who needed the handicap accessibility.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 9, 2023
  • Susan
    Corinna, Maine93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Journey to ancient history and enrich your present day!
    This was a wonderful experience! My husband and I learned so much from our private guide, Miguel! He was informative and answered all of our questions and then some! It was a learning experience through the ancient ruins...We could definitely suggest this site to our friends and visitors to Cozumel would be short changing their visit without this spot added the the itinerary!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 18, 2023
  • Rejean D
    Ottawa, Canada23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trisha makes the day!
    What an amazing and important site! We had a fantastic guide, Trisha, who shared her proud Mayan heritage with a superb understanding of site. And a very nice person. Most interesting is that the site is still being explored so it will be cool to see it over time.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 28, 2023
  • CatherineD425
    Moncton, Canada17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient Mayan community revealed in the heart of the jungle is worth a visit.
    Hidden deep in the jungle, we were amazed at the remains of ancient Mayan civilization. While it isn’t like the massive temples on the mainland, the interpretation and overall site info are well presented. The staff onsite are friendly and helpful. There are a few breezes, however it is warm, bring a water bottle. Bug spray may be necessary and closed toe shoes are best (runners or sneakers) as the terrain is at times uneven. At the end, they have foot wash area. Don’t miss the gift shops before leaving for quality pieces at reasonable prices, do ask for the discount though.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 10, 2023
  • ogerkan
    New York City, New York4,742 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Mayan Ruins
    Our first stop after picking our rental VW buggy, good to beat the heat and the tour buses! Relatively small site that is over run by iguanas. Not sure why there are two entry fees but there are. Obligatory shops as well as bathrooms. Well worth a short stop.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 14, 2023
  • Cdntx
    Houston, Texas2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dante!
    Dante made this tour! So knowledgeable and passionate. He also can sell you some land. Full package tour. Also, we were surprised no credit card at pescadero restaurant. Dante has a system and we were covered. So convenient.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 27, 2023
  • NorCal-traveler08
    Orangevale, California1,922 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not what we expected
    I'll have to say we were disappointed. The pictures on the website show the semi-large pyramid but it is not part of the tour and you have to walk about 20-30 minutes each way to get to it. We didn't have time after taking the tour and it would have been nice to know ahead of time so we could decide what we wanted to see most as our time was short we could only do one. The site is pretty small compared to other ruins we have been to. The tour guides are very informative and ours did a wonderful job although we joined with a group of two and he charged both groups(it is usually a flat fee per tour). There is no shade so make sure to wear sunscreen, bug repellent, bring water and a hat. They have restrooms near the shops. You pay twice to get in and then pay the tour guide separate. We felt it was a little steep for how small it is.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 17, 2023
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Steve S
Chicago, IL10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
This was my 1st time visit to a Mayan archaeological site and was lucky enough to tour through it with a passionate and competent tour guide and employee, Luz. She introduced and brought to life basic Mayan beliefs and accomplishments, explaining the importance of numbers, hence mathematics, enhancing their precise calendars, noting original hand fingerprints still amazingly visible on one of the walls, pointing upwards indicating eastward or sunrise. We learn this Mayan favorite site was built to primarily focus on Ix Chel, a major Goddess of the moon and fertility, Luz expertly links the 2 and this important sanctuary is studied and documented today. Luz taps the walkway, repeatedly pointing out ‘obsidian, obsidian, as we step along our path explaining how Mayans cleverly mixed obsidian with limestone and sand to cement their walkways and constructions while also polishing thin slices of obsidian to look through and study the glorious sun! Mayan ancestors must be smiling down on Luz as she illuminates their discoveries. We are privileged to make this pilgrimage with her, thanks for the info Luz, I want to return and do this again.
Written April 30, 2022
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Ananda
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Beautiful ruins but treated unfairly, we had a bottle of water with us and was told we were not allowed to bring it in, but the family that was behind us was speaking Spanish and allowed them to bring in bottles then another American couple was complaining about it as well. As we were leaving another Hispanic couple came in an they allowed them to bring in their water bottles in. You paid $6 usd to get in where the shops were and then $4 usd to see the ruins. It definitely made me not want to spend money in their shops.
Written August 8, 2021
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Mayya
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
While you won't find large ruins here like those at Chichen Itza or Tulum, this was a major pilgrimage site for the Mayan people as it contained numerous temples to the goddess Ixchel. I strongly recommend hiring a guide, as you will be supporting their livelihood and the local economy, and will understand a lot more than you would by wandering around yourself. Our knowledgeable guide Nico shared a lot of interesting information and helped us to imagine what the site looked like in its heyday. A highlight is the Templo Nohoch Nah, a pyramid that is a 10 minute walk from the central ruins. The site is located in the middle of the forest, and the surroundings are very quiet and peaceful. We spotted numerous butterflies, birds, and even a collared peccary. It can get quite hot so visit in the early morning if possible.
Written April 20, 2021
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JLbrickey78
Houston, TX25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
We stumbled upon this and decided to drive the 4 miles into the site. Once we got there, we were greeted by the security guard who was already selling us on the tickets. Then you get to the ticket spot and they’re selling you on the tour. We decided against the tour, so they decided to sell us again on the tour. We did not do the tour. Then you have to pay the federal ticket price, and more people ask you to buy stuff from their store. Once you finally get past all of the tourist trap stuff, you can enter into the archaeological site. That itself was nice to see, and you can follow along with signs that are printed in English. In total we spent about 45 minutes there, but 20 of it was trying to get past all the people that work there. If we had done a guided tour, that would have taken us about 90 minutes. Just beware if you come here— the site is nice to admire but don’t feel like you need to be trapped into a guided tour.
Written July 13, 2021
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Suellen T
Perth, Australia788 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
First time visiting a historic Mayan site and really enjoyed it. It was peaceful, picturesque and informative. We were on a Eshowe excursion and the tour guide was excellent. We learned a lot about the people and the place as well as tidbits on current culture and history. Take the locals advice — pay the $1 for bug spray if you don’t have your own otherwise the massive mosquitos will carry you away! I also got some black coral from here at a very reasonable price. Check out the rules Re video cameras etc before you go — note that you may have to pay an additional fee in some circumstances (although I was fine with my zoom lens). Definitely worth a visit.
Written January 6, 2020
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Cctravelbug
Huntsville, AL1,049 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
These ruins have been partially demolished and are not as amazing looking as the pics I’ve seen of Tulum but we had an extraordinary guide that explained in careful detail exactly what we were seeing and the amazing detail the Mayans had in everything they built. I don’t know that the park offers guides. Ours was an excursion booked off our cruise ship and he was exceptionally thorough. We went in February and it was pretty hot but we had no trouble with bugs. We did see several iguanas and the flora and fauna were beautiful and the ruins were very interesting.
Written February 17, 2020
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CatherineD425
Moncton, Canada17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Hidden deep in the jungle, we were amazed at the remains of ancient Mayan civilization. While it isn’t like the massive temples on the mainland, the interpretation and overall site info are well presented. The staff onsite are friendly and helpful.
There are a few breezes, however it is warm, bring a water bottle. Bug spray may be necessary and closed toe shoes are best (runners or sneakers) as the terrain is at times uneven. At the end, they have foot wash area.
Don’t miss the gift shops before leaving for quality pieces at reasonable prices, do ask for the discount though.
Written April 10, 2023
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Leonard
Centurion, South Africa74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
We cruised in on the Carnival Conquest ship. Chose a 4 hour guided tour package on a tour bus of the island to the Mayan ruins followed by Techila and chocolate tasting, which included a taco style lunch. The tour guide option is well worth it. Cost of $89/person. Lots of history here. Island is totally dependent on tourism.
Written April 17, 2022
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Josette K
Finlayson, Minnesota, United States127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This was our first trip to Cozumel & whenever we visit Mexico, we like to include historical sites and indigenous food. I was surprised that San Gervasio still had as many structures as it still does. We happened to pay for a guide so could learn about each building and their functions vs. just looking at old buildings; I would highly recommend other visitor to do likewise. This was also a nice stop before going onward to Coconuts outdoor bar and Punta Sur Ecobeach. Plan on a 1 hour stop if you’re with a guide.
Written April 4, 2020
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Mazma5
Georgia439 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
We visited as part of a tour with Royal Caribbean. This was one of three stops. We paid $65 per person. You could rent a car or motorcycle as others on our ship did. We enjoyed the tour and learned a lot. Be sure to take bug spray and water. Our tour guide had us buy water there wish I am sure is something they have arranged. We were rushed at the end and only had time to visit the 2 shops at the exit which is probably also arranged. You can negotiate what you are willing to pay as they start out a little high. I felt bad for the other shops as they which as they didn’t have an opportunity to sell things if you are with a tour group as we only had 5-10 minutes to shop.
Written September 25, 2022
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