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Ranked #27 of 107 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.
Reviewed May 27, 2018

This was my wife's and my first trip to a Mayan ruin. We took an excursion to this site from the Carnival Victory. I was extremely pleased!! Being a person who loves to soak up knowledge about different locations and cultures, this was definitely my cup of tea. Our guide, "Moey," was very informative and humorous. He kept us excited with knowledge and jokes going to the ruins (35 minutes bus ride) while continuing to guide us through the ruins with his extensive knowledge of Mayan culture. He even provided us some information on the local land and ocean wild life in addition to changes Cozumel has instituted in the last 10 - 15 years to make the island more pleasing and acceptable to tourists. I would go again in a minute to learn more about the Mayan culture. Thanks "Moey," you did an EXCELLENT JOB!

Unlike others who commented on this site, we had perfect weather. Humidity was down, temps only in low 80's F, and mosquitos were non-existant. An added entertainment was the wandering iguana you saw all around and on the ruins. We went the first week of May 2018.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 21, 2018 via mobile

I hate that my review first revolves around insect repellent, but I can honestly say that the visit will be ruined and cut short by not having the right bug spray and not enough. We visited around 1:45p on a slightly cloudy day with a decent breeze—in the span of 45 minutes of poking around we applied bug repellent (Off Family brand with 5% DEET) 3x and were still attacked—quite literally—there were still super squitos that bit through the spray. My point is that you will bail ship without spray. It’s a small site, the fee is $9.50 (pay in pesos!)—it’s split into 2 fees. One fee gets you into the park and the “souvenir” shops and drug store (because why not scoop up some cipro, viagra, amoxicillin,etc when visiting the ruins—1 stop shop!). Essentially for the first fee you can shop and use the bathrooms. The next fee gives you the ticket in—then you are offered a 30-40min tour in your language of choice by an official guide for $20/person—we opted out on that though I imagine it would be quite informative (though with the mosquito attack I don’t know if we would have made it the whole way through). The signs posted at all the ruins are in both English and Spanish—we read those. It’s no Tulum but it’s a neat stop off in Cozumel . We are staying on the island and so it was a nice non-beach option after a morning of scuba but those only on the island for a couple hours might feel jipped.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 19, 2018

The ruins in Cozumel are not as large as elsewhere. We learned the reasons for that as well as many other interesting facts form our terrific guide, Thomas. Care has been taken to protect the ruins and to make it enjoyable to visit them. Aside from the few vendors beckoning tourists at the entrance -- sadly, there doesn't seem to be any place in Cozumel to avoid them -- the entire trip was well worth the time and the (very reasonable) cost.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Gail415
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Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

Let me start off by saying, if you are looking for big Mayan pyramids this is not for you. These buildings are much more modest looking, but the history behind them is very intriguing. We had the pleasure of having Jesus as our guide and he was the best tour guide we've ever had! You get to learn a lot about the Mayans here.

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank AlexandJon
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Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I rented a car at the port and drove out to the ruins. We paid the $20 for the guided tour and enjoyed every minute. Our guide, Pedro, was so informative and took the time to tell us not only about the ruins themselves, but details about how the buildings and environment were used by the Mayans and why, as well as details about the current environment on the island. While we could have walked around ourselves, the tour was well worth it.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Kelly0229
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