Cuzamil - place of the swallows, in the Maya language, is the place from
where the stars appeared, protected by the waters of the Caribbean Sea, the
stars coloring the waters a turquoise blue so as to rival the color of the
This is also the religious center in which
Ixchel, the Goddess of Fertility, was born, and lies just 18 kilometers from the
eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula.
Cozumel, the largest inhabited island of Mexico,
was discovered in 1518 by the " Conquistadores," who had to fight the
local indigenous tribes to gain its possession. It later became a pirate
With an area of 48 kilometers in length and 16 in
width, this island is a strategic stopping off point for cruise ships that
venture across the Caribbean; the island also houses important archeological
ruins, whilst at the same time, offers the world the thousand-year-old
architecture of San Gervasio and El Cedral, two of the colossal ruins, which are
among the most visited of the zone.
From as far back as the 1950s, this place has
been a great tourist centre and is considered to be one of the most important
scuba-diving locations due to the fact that the coral reefs are protected by
Mexico's Navy reservists.
Furthermore, on the western coast of the island
there are around 25 coral reefs in the national Marine Park, among which are
Palancar, Santa Rosa, Colombia, San Francisco, Chankanaab, Paraíso and La
Herradura, with their heads of coral, caves and cliffs that are home to abundant
marine life, among which are the moray eels, giant moray eels and stone bass,
along with an endless stream of smaller fish, such as the angels, candiles,
sergeant and roncos.
Bordered by coral reefs, the island is known the
world over as one of the world's best diving locations among the experienced
divers who visit the island year after year.
However, not all Cozumel's attractions
are water borne. Here you can also enjoy the beaches, the nature park of
Chankanaab, as well as the yacht club. It is also the sports-fishing capital of
the Mexican Caribbean.