Cozumel Mayan Ruins and Beach

3 Ratings
Duration 5 hours
Difficulty easy
Max. participants 12
Language English, Spanish, German


Cozumel Mayan ruins and beach

Discover the most beautiful corners of Cozumel in a private atmosphere. This Cozumel excursion offers a fantastic combination of Mayan culture, history and beach. Far away from overcrowded tourist attractions, we go with our local guide on a journey through time. We learn more about the ancient Maya on Cozumel, the arrival, 500 years ago, of the Spaniards to the island and the dark times of pirates and smugglers. More than a thousand years of history await us in the abandoned Cozumel Mayan ruins San Gervasio, located in the middle of the island jungle. The uninhabited east side of the island offers secluded beaches to be discovered and a downtown tour can be combined with tequila tasting (optional). This Cozumel excursion Maya ruins and beach gives an interesting insight into how local people live and about their traditions and history.


Our excursion Cozumel Mayan ruins and beach includes:

  • Experienced driver, englisch-speaking, transportation
  • Meeting point closed to the cruise ship piers or at any agreed meeting point
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fee to San Gervasio
  • Detailed information in archeological park
  • Beach break
  • Stops to take pictures
  • Guided downtown tour
  • Max. 12 participants

Excluded features

  • Food and drinks
  • Tips


Cozumel excursion: Maya ruins – Undeveloped east coast – beach – Downtown with Tequila-Tasting

Our guests will be picked up close to the cruise ship port or any other arranged meeting point. This Cozumel excursion takes you straight to the largest Mayan ruins on Cozumel in the middle of the jungle. In the archaeological site of San Gervasio we have an impressive tour. Most of the structures can be dated to the Late Classical period, between 1200 - 1500 AD. It is an adventure to pre-Columbian times, to the Mayan gods and their traditions. We learn to understand more about the indigenous peoples as well as their architecture, mathematics, astronomy and religion. Back in the modern age, we drive to the beautiful and almost undeveloped east coast of Cozumel where we will have plenty of opportunities to take striking scenic pictures. Depending on wind and weather conditions, we will find a beautiful beach on the east or west side to stay. The last stop is a downtown tour. During a Tequila tasting (optional), we explain, how the Mexican national drink is produced.

Meeting place

We meet our guests from the cruise lines closed to their harbour. Guests from Playa del Carmen will be picked up right after their arrival on Cozumel.

What should I bring?

  • Light clothes and comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear and change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun hat
  • If necessary, a light rain coat
  • Sun protection: On the Yucatan Peninsula, only biodegradable sunscreen is allowed in order to protect our corals and water quality. Please use sunscreen BEFORE the beginning the tour, so that the cream does not wash off in the sea
  • Tips

More Information

Cancellation policy

  • With the reservation we charge a deposit of $ 10 per person. We keep these as administration fees for "no-show" guests.

In the following situation we refund the deposit

  • Cruise ships cancel their stay on Cozumel
  • Cancellation of vacation (Please let us know at least two weeks before the excursion)

If you have to cancel the excursion for whatever reason, we ask to be informed as soon as possible. If we are able to sell reservations elsewhere, we will refund the deposit.

With the reservation we need a contact number in order to inform you about possible changes.

Mayan ruins San Gervasio on Cozumel

The Mayan ruins of San Gervasio on Cozumel are located in the middle of the jungle, in the northern part of the island. Although approximately 34 different Mayan structures have been found on Cozumel, the largest is in San Gervasio. The name San Gervasio is not a Mayan name, comparable to Chichen Itza, Tulum, Ek Balam. The name comes from the former owner of the property, Gervasio Novelo. The original name of the Mayan site San Gervasio on Cozumel is not known. However, as it is known that Cozumel in the Mayan language was called Cuzamil (land of swallows), it is believed that the Mayan ruins of San Gervasio are "Tantun Cuzamil". This means "flat rock on the land of swallows". The area of the Mayan ruins of San Gervsaio covers several square kilometers and is divided into 6 areas, of which only one is open to the public. As early as the fourth century AD, the first Mayan people came to Cozumel and settled in the oldest but most inaccessible part of the Mayan ruins of San Gervasio on Cozumel, the so-called Ramonal. In the eighth century AD, the center shifted to the more accessible El Murcielago (named after the bats that live in the building).

Mayan goddess Ix Chel on Cozumel

Around 1000 AD, Mayan ministers from Chichen Itza came to Cozumel. Because of the competition from Coba, they tried to increase their influence on the sea. The center of San Gervasio moved to the present day central square. When Chichen Itza was taken by the Toltecs about two hundred years later, they took over the important deity, Ix Chel. Ix Chel, in the Mayan language, means something like a pale woman. She is the goddess of the moon, medicine and fertility and became the patron goddess of Cozumel. The famous oracle of Ix Chel, Kan Nah Nah (High House) is a pyramid-like structure and was built around 1200 AD. San Gervasio on Cozumel became an important place of pilgrimage around that time, especially for young Mayan women. They came to San Gervasio so they could ask for fertility and healthy children. Ceremonies took place in the central square and the oracles of the goddess Ix Chel received the pilgrims at Ka 'Na Nah. After the demise of Chichen Itza, San Gervasio continued to develop on Cozumel and prospered until the arrival of the Spaniards. The first Spanish ship docked on Cozumel in 1518, under the command of John de Grijalva. A year later, the famous Hernan Cortes landed on Cozumel. Unfortunately, a member of the fleet was suffering from smallpox. The Maya had no natural defenses against this disease, which was previously unknown in America. As a result, much of the Maya died on Cozumel.


Interesting introduction into the Mayan world by Tina S.

Birgit, you have showed us the world of the Maya in a very understandable and interesting way. Very well structured and well prepared, you used your materials and pictures to answer all questions. That made us want to know more and we will certainly come back and visit more Mayan ruins. Thank you for a very interesting day.

Highly recommended by Marcus V.

The private tour fully met our expectations. We came to Cozumel with the cruise ship for one day. While fellow travelers from our ship had 40 participants in their group, we enjoyed a highly interesting excursion with 10 people. Also the beach was chosen according to our wishes and was not full.

Nice day on Cozumel by Miriam B.

I've always been curious about the Maya and Aztecs. Birgit was able to clearly distinguish these two Mexican cultures and explained the difference. Her tour went far beyond the tours that can be booked on the cruise ships and she has taken us to the more remote structures of the Mayan ruins of San Gervasio. Also the other stops on Cozumel were very nice, we would like to thank Leon Tours Cozumel for this nice trip.