Archeological Site of San Gervasio

Archeological Site of San Gervasio

Discover the diverse structures comprising this archeological site. Ka'na Nah (High House), the temple dedicated to the goddess Ixchel, is the highlight.

Archeological Site of San Gervasio

San Gervasio is located 4.3 miles east of downtown San Miguel and is Cozumel’s most visited archeological site. Spanish chroniclers recorded that this site was a place of worship dedicated to Ixchel, the goddess of the Moon, fertility, medicine, and love. Nowadays, annual sea voyages and processions are held to offer tributes to the deity.

Historical Treasure 

Situated in the heart of Cozumel, this site is one of the historical treasures woven into a rich cultural tapestry. For a long time, it served as a gathering point where Mayan pilgrims held ceremonies in honor of the goddess Ixchel. 

The site is made up of various architectural complexes connected by a network of sacbe’ob” or white roads. Its primary complexes include Manitas (Little Hands), Chichán Nah (Little House), El Álamo (The Poplar), Nohoch Nah (Great House), Murciélagos (Bats), Ka’na Nah (High House), and El Ramonal (Breadnut Grove), the latter still under exploration. Other notable structures include the Temple of the Foliated Cross and the Red Temple. 

Beyond its religious significance, San Gervasio thrived as a commercial hub connecting neighboring Mayan regions. Its archeological significance is accentuated by the stunning natural setting of lush tropical rainforest, enticing adventurers to trek its trails, observing the plants and animals.

Historical Tidbit 

The pre-Hispanic settlement was founded around 300 AD, but most buildings visible today were built around 1200 AD. In the 20th century, it was christened San Gervasio, named after the landowner’s patron saint. The original name in Maya remains unknown. 

Visit Cozumel and uncover the vibrant traditions of its pre-Hispanic past.




Zona Arqueológica San Gervasio, San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., México

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