El Cedral Ruins (Cozumel)

Mayan Ruins of El Cedral Videos:

Exploring the Mayan ruins of El Cedral in Cozumel

What to see at El Cedral Ruins

While this is not the only site for ruins on Cozumel, the ruins of El Cedral are the oldest Mayan Ruins, dating back to 800 AD. The ruins are located in the town of El Cedral on the island of Cozumel. The entrance is marked by a massive white and red arch, adorned with crosses. All that remains of the historical capital of Cozumel and former home to its largest community is a small house-sized ruin. The site is smaller than the San Gervasio Ruins [Link] which can also be found on Cozumel, but as the island is quite small itself the site is easily accessible.

There is a nominal fee to access the ruin of 38 pesos (approximately $1.50 USD).

The Town of El Cedral is home to an annual gathering, the Festival of Santa Cruz and El Cedral Fair, which was started over 150 years ago as a commemoration of an attack during the Caste War of Yucatan. The celebration lasts five days and includes the fair, food, music, and even bullfighting. 

Getting to El Cedral Mayan Ruins

The ruins of El Cedral are located in the south of Cozumel, off the highway in the eponymous Town of El Cedral. Make your way to Cozumel by ferry from Playa del Carmen and spend the day visiting the sites. You will recognize the site immediately by the large white and red arch. If you are interested in seeing all of the ruins on Cozumel, be sure to check with your hotel concierge or tour operator for a combination tour of El Cedral and San Gervasio, which is much bigger but further away. You are unlikely to find dedicated tours of the El Cedral ruin due to their small size and remote location.

Map Of Mayan Ruins At El Cedral:

There are nearly 20 mapped cenotes on Cozumel Island.  Near El Cedral is cenote Chempita.

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