On the island of Cozumel we find the city San Gervasio, one of the most beautiful examples of style Eastern Shore of the ancient Maya. The ancient cobbled paths will lead you through the ruins, a pleasure to behold.

La Island of Cozumel It has several Mayan remains to visit, San Gervasio He is the greatest of them. Located approximately in the middle of the island, its location is due to the ease that they had to collect and store water naturally in this area.

San Gervasio archeological site
Natural water collector

There is evidence of the settlement of San Gervasio of the 300 AD, although most of the buildings we see today date from the last period of the Mayan civilization, from the 1200 AD

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At this time many settlements on the eastern Mayan coast resurfaced thanks to the commercial maritime networks that were established. This resurgence of the coast generated a typical architectural style in the area, the COriental osta, and San Gervasio is one of the most beautiful examples I have visited, with the permission of Tulum.

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San Gervasio archeological zone
San Gervasio archeological zone

For lovers of natural spaces, San Gervasio offers a beautiful tour of the ancient sacbé (path) that will take you through the jungle to the different sectors of the ruins: Chichán Nah, El Álamo, Nohoch Nah, Murcielagos or Ka'na Nah. 

The buildings are small and not very tall; most are temples, palaces, shrines and platforms, something that is repeated in other cities of this architectural style. The Eastern Shore It is not as notorious as other architectural styles emerged in more glorious times of the Mayan civilization.

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San Gervasio archeological site
San Gervasio archeological zone
St. gervasio

The tours in San Gervasio They are perfectly indicated and there are benches on the path under the shade of palapas if you want to rest. The ancient Maya built an amazing network of cobbled roads linking cities in a highly developed and widespread commercial network.

Hopefully one day we can enjoy these old restored roads that would allow us to walk the vast Mayan territory walking, to dream that it will not be!

San Gervasio Cozumel
St. gervasio

If you visit Island of Cozumel Do not forget this important historical footprint that offers us a great window to the Mayan culture and nature.

San Gervasio, an ancient Mayan city in Cozumel 1

San Gervasio, archaeological site

LOCATION: San Gervasio It is located on the Island of Cozumel, about 7 kilometers from the town of San Miguel de Cozumel, along the transversal road.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: open from 8 a.m. to 116.30:XNUMX a.m. daily. They do not sell drinks or food inside. There are services at the entrance.
PRICE ENTRY: 131 mxn in total. You will have to pay the additional fee for the Cozumel Parks and Museums Foundation, which makes the visit more expensive. On Sundays, the INAH entrance is free for Mexicans and permanent residents. Access to the archaeological sites is free every day for children under 13 years of age, students, teachers and senior citizens with valid credentials.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Unfortunately public transport does not arrive, the entrance to the archaeological zone is far from the main road. Many visitors to the island rent a car to explore it. You can go on an excursion, by taxi, too.
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothes, hat, insect repellent, closed and comfortable shoes to climb structures and protect yourself from insect bites, some water always goes well.

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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