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Cozumel

Cozumel just off mainland Mexico is a Paradise island with its beautiful white sandy beaches but has a mysterious history that puzzles the historians for decades – The Mayan Ruins.

Paradise island with mysterious history

Cozumel, a Caribbean island just off the Yucatan Peninsula in southeastern Mexico is a gem for beach lovers. This tiny island, mostly undeveloped Mexican island is located in the Caribbean Sea and is a very popular port of call for mega cruise-ships. Cozumel has great beaches, nice people and safe streets, with prices comparable to other Mexican tourist destinations. It was badly battered in 2005 by Hurricane Wilma, but with few exceptions, has been completely repaired. It has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and no wonder tourists keep going back to this island.

Cozumel terminal
Beach at cozumel

All about Cozumel

The main town, San Miguel and dive operations are on the west side of the island, but if you rent a car or scooter then the east side of the island is the place to go. The east side of the island is mostly undeveloped, but there are beautiful beaches, big waves, and rocky outcrops over the ocean. If the waves are sufficient you can find a few small low homes. However, be aware that the waves and attendant undertows can make swimming on the east side very dangerous.

Why go there?

Most of the visitors travel to Cozumel to dive and see its wonderful underwater life. While there are quite a few beach clubs that offer snorkelling and the main attractions are the reefs offshore. The multiple dive shops and operations are always ready to take you there. At Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park, there are diving spots around a section of the Mesoamerican Reef and the Museo Subacuatico de Arte’s submerged sculptures. Chankanaab is an eco park surround a lagoon with underwater caverns, home to dolphins, manatees and see turtles.

Apart from the natural attractions, Cozumel also offers several Mayan archaeological sites. The most extensive vestiges are those at “San Gervasio”, an inland site a few miles north of the :Carretera Transvesal” highway. There is another site located near the village of El Cedral, inland from the “Carretera Costera Sur” highway. In Puntra Sur Park, at the southern top of the island, there is the “El Caracol” temple, believed to have been used as a lighthouse by the Mayans.

With all its natural attractions and archaeological sites, Cozumel has no shortage of things to do. You will always find something different to do when you visit this beautiful island in the Caribbean. This Mexican island has much more to offer that we haven’t yet done. 

Dig into the Past

Apart from bargaining with locals on cheap merchandise in every corner, wining and dining every night almost to nothing is the way of life for visitors. You can almost taste the flavours of every food of the globe in this beautiful condensed tiny island  and you will try almost something new every day. The people are extremely very friendly and you feel like you have known them for years.

My time on this beautiful island was nothing more exciting then a visit to see the Mayan ruins in the Tulum area – Taking a trip into the past. This place certainly makes you dig into the past and simply just take a step back in time and explore this ancient Mayan ruins. Even if you are not a history bluff, the ruins will take your breathe away. It is totally amazing to learn about the historical aspects of this Mayan people and it sill puzzles the archaeologist scientists, even today. As you begin to explore more of the ruins, you just have to imagine having made all of these pyramids and structures without the use of any modern tools we have access to today. To learn about how people in the past lived and how they have survived always fascinates me.

There are hundreds of Mayan ruins throughout Mexico, Belize, Honduras and Guatemala but the Yucatan Peninsula – where Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Cancun are have some of the most impressive ruins. Mexico’s rich and mysterious past is still visible in the amazing ancient ruins scattered throughout the country.

Mayan Ruins in Tulum area

The Tulum ruins are the only ones that are built by the sea overlooking the Caribbean Sea to Chichen Itza, the 8th wonders of the world. A great place to go for a swim in this calm white sandy beach. This Mayan ruins of the Tulum are awe-inspiring and profoundly provide a deep understanding of Mexican history.

Chichen Itza Pyramid
Beach at Mayan ruins in Tulum area

From Personal Perspective: I have visited some of the most beautiful modern cities, with modern technology and architecture styles but when it comes down to history, it melts my heart. I am most fascinated about history, how people live the way they live, skills they had to build buildings that survived for decades and  how they survived but most mysteriously how they disappeared or vanished. How these people have progressed is anyone’s guess.

We travel to broaden our mind to experience and learn about other country’s history. Visiting historical sites and ruins certainly is the best place to start.

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