Cozumel Island was first settled by the Mayans about 2000 years ago during the classic period between 300 and 900 AC.
It became an important seaport for Mayan trade because of its positioning in the middle of routes to and from Honduras and Veracruz. In addition, Cozumel began as a pilgrimage site; the shrines of Ixchel, goddess of fertility, drew worshippers from all over the Mayan empire. The site of this worshiping was, what is now, the San Gervasio ruins, located on the transversal road going east on the island.
In the 17th century, pirates took advantage of Cozumel’s isolation and used it as a base for operations. However, the island was not re-inhabited until 1848, when settlers from the mainland sought refuge there from the Caste War, a fierce war that broke out when the Mayans decided to avenge the wrongs inflicted on them and their lands by the Spanish.
Today there are many things to do in Cozumel, a destination vacation spot for millions of visitors annually. When you visit the island you will see why it has stood the test of time and is considered to be a gem of the Riviera Maya.
Accessible via a ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel, the rich history of its native people and culture, combined with the natural beauty, crystal clear azure seas which makes for the best snorkeling in the Caribbean, a vast variety of shopping as well as many daytime activities, such as jungle tours and jeep safaris, makes the island paradise truly amazing.