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“A great tour guide will tell you more than you will see.”

San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site
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$99.00*
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Mayan Ruins and Beach Time
Ranked #24 of 158 things to do in Cozumel
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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.
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A great tour guide will tell you more than you will see.”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

We came there on a Carnival ship, rented a jeep and joined a group on a bus. The tour guide was AMAZING. The history is interesting, but, I got more of a "Ahhh, I am in Mexico," feeling than, "Wow, these ruins are amazing." Loved seeing the iguanas. Paid $4 and $4 dollars, at two checkpoints. Hehe!

If you look at the pictures posted here, you will see all these is to see---REALLY, but you will miss the commentaries that the tour guides give.

All in all, this is a nice distraction if you spend a week in Mexico, but it's too time consuming if you only have 5-6 hours off the ship.

Visited January 2013
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“Interesting History”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

I'm glad we didn't skip seeing these ruins. The structures are fascinating in their history; the Mayans apparently kept this particular establishment lower to the ground so as not to announce their presence in this area. The highest temple reaches to only about 30'. We did not utilize a guide, as the structure markers offered a lot of useful information. Tons of iguanas and unique birds everywhere. Some uneven, rough pathways that may be challenging for some, but no climbing required anywhere. Beware some of the shop merchants in the plaza before you enter the ruins - very aggressive.

Visited April 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“worth seeing once in your life”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

My Carnival Paradise Cruise docked in Cozumel. I took the Ancient Culture and Island Sight-seeing tour to the Mayan Ruins. It was hot and very sunny. Be sure to bring cold water and a hat. The sites are filled with history and you need a tour guide to explain it all to you. Much of what remains is broken down, and its up to your imagination to erect the structures that once were based on the history. The gift shops at the end of the tour were reasonably priced and the shop owners were willing to lower prices. This ruins site is small, although Tulum is large - you get the same impressions at either site. Basically the site is filled with history. The sidewalks are also ruins, so walking may be a challenge for the elderly (one lady in our group had a terrible fall). There are very few places to sit and rest, and it does get hot in the sun.

Visited April 2013
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NY, NY
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“Arrive Early”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

I drove myself to the park and arrived at 9:30am. It's a very short drive from anywhere on the island and the roads on Cozumel are good and it's easy to find. When I arrived, there was nobody there. I couldn't understand why there were some many people working there as it was me and maybe five other people milling about. After being done around 10:30am, I understood. There were 120 people descending from giant buses as I was making my way toward the exit.

Admission is $16. You pay $8 twice at two different locations (odd).

The ruins themselves are pretty interesting. They're small compared to big Mayan sites but interesting nonetheless. It will give you a small fix if you don't have time to go to Chichen Itza or Tulum but if you do there's really no reason to visit San Gervasio. You can see everything in an hour on a self-guided tour. I eavesdropped on a couple of tours and it might be worth taking a tour but you'll be with 40 other people most of whom will be wearing bad clothes. So go early or get there at 11am and fight the crowds.

The snack bar has a good selection of beer.

Visited April 2013
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Colts Neck, New Jersey
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“Great Way to Visit Mayan Ruins on Your Own, Without the Crowds”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

This is a good place to visit if you are interested in Mayan Ruins, and prefer the option to tour on your own, without a guide. However, if you only have time to visit one Mayan Ruins site during your trip, I would choose another site which has large, high temples. This has none.

PROS:
1. A tour guide is not necessary. Informational plaques are present throughout. Note: Tour guides are available for a fee.
2. Besides temples, there is a long, ancient road present, which is quite fascinating.
3. Not crowded. Due to the large size, the ruins can accommodate many people. It also does not appear to be a highly visited site for excursions.

CONS:
1. In order to see the entire area, there is a significant amount of walking required. Many of the walking paths are uneven. Beware, if you fall, it will likely be when you least expect it (i.e. many hard to see bumps/roots on what appears to be a smooth road).
2. No large or high temples to see or climb.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
1. Wear good walking/running shoes.
2. Bring a small first aid kit with you. It is quite likely that someone in your party will take a spill.

Visited March 2013
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