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Cozumel: Island of Mystery

Highlights from the August 2013 edition of

While mostly known as a popular destination for cruise ships and SCUBA divers, the island of Cozumel has a history of mysticism that survives today in ancient Maya ruins, tales of “little people” in the impenetrable jungle, underwater caves that honeycomb the island, and modern day reports of apparitions on the highways.

Whether your visit will be a one-day cruise stop or a multi-day vacation, Cozumel has plenty of Mysterious Destinations for the intrepid traveler.

In the days of the ancient Maya, Cozumel was considered a place of worship for Ix Chel, the Maya Moon Goddess whose favor was sought by women seeking fertility. Women who wanted to worship Ix Chel had to cross the channel that separates the island from the mainland – a distance of over 10 miles. Diagrams and models at El Museo de Cozumel indicate these crossings were done in small open boats, leaving occupants to the mercy of changing weather and vicious tides funneled through the narrow straits from the open ocean. The number of women who perished on this journey to seek the blessings of Ix Chel is a grim statistic lost to the sands of time.

The island was once filled with ruins relating to the worship of Ix Chel. The largest of these ruins was bulldozed during the construction of San Miguel, the island’s primary city. Another of the ruins was flattened during the World War II construction of an airfield, which has since been expanded into the Cozumel airport.

Presently the largest ruins on the island are at San Gervasio, located in the north central section of the island. These ruins are home to several temples where the ancient visitors would “sign in” by dipping a hand in paint and leaving a handprint on the wall. Many of these handprints can still be seen today, and a considerable number of them have only four fingers. We explore these and other reports of Mayan mysteries and the paranormal in our report Mystic Ruins of San Gervasio in this edition of To link to that article, click here.

Mayan myths and mysticism are still part of everyday life in Cozumel and much of the so-called Riviera Maya on the mainland. One of these is the legendary Alux (pronounced “aloosh”), a race of little people that the Maya credit with supernatural powers to do both good and evil. There is even a recent report of an American naturalist who became lost in the jungle on Cozumel for a number of days, and upon his safe return to civilization claimed that the Alux had helped him survive. We explore the historic and present day stories in our report Little People, Major Attitude -- the Alux on Cozumel in this edition of To link to that article, click here.

The Mysterious Destinations Team spent a number of days on the island researching all sorts of paranormal incidents, both historic and current, with considerable help from our guide Gus of Cozumel Tours. To link to their website, click here.

Gus took us to a variety of locations that we share with you in our report Mysterious Places on the Island of Cozumel in this edition of To link to that article, click here.

Finally, we have suggestions on lodging, dining and transportation as well as a special section for those arriving by cruise ship in our report Cozumel Guide – Where to Stay, What to Do in this edition of To link to that article, click here.

For two great sources of information on Cozumel, check these websites: To visit, click here; For a link to “Cozumel My Cozumel”, click here.

We hope you enjoy reading about, and perhaps exploring on your own, Cozumel: Island of Mystery.