Off-Road Mayan Ruins, Dune Buggy, and Snorkeling Tour with Lunch
- Archaeological expedition: At the San Gervasio site, admire the remains of a complex dedicated to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of fertility and medicine.
- Playa Uvas beach club access: Welcome to your underwater playground. From the shores of this exclusive beach club, snorkel on the world's second-largest barrier reef system, in stunning Marine National Park.
- Cozumel adrenaline rush: Bound along one of Cozumel's best trails in an all-terrain dune buggy, catching fantastic island vistas while traveling between destinations. Drive, go along for the ride or do both with up to three companions in your four-seater buggy.
- Fuel up, Mexican style: During your vigorous, half-day adventure, replenish with chicken fajitas (or an alternative), plus refreshing beverages and bottled water.
About this Cozumel Tour
Cozumel certainly evokes a magical, go-barefoot vibe that attracts lovers the world over. But in ancient times, this alluring island held a vital reputation for bringing about pregnancy, too. As the hub of worship for Ixchel, their goddess of fertility, childbirth, medicine, and weaving, pre-Columbian Mayan women were obligated to pay homage and make offerings here at least once in their lifetime.
The Mayans built more than three-dozen locales overall. You'll jump into an all-terrain dune buggy, headed directly to San Gervasio, considered the island's largest, most significant, best preserved, and only official archaeological site. Ramble among the ruins of several structures, like Ka'na Nah ("tall house"), the main temple, as well as the palace, ossuary, and sprinkling of small pyramids.
Rev up on a thrilling off-road trail – as driver or passenger. It's a dusty, muddy, bumpy, splashy, and totally pulse-pounding trek along the fabled, scenic coastline to Playa Uvas, an exclusive beach club. Then, don snorkeling gear and dive into a segment of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the Western Hemisphere's largest...about 620 amazing miles in its entirety.
During his first visit to this aquatic wonderland, the one-and-only Jacques Cousteau himself proclaimed Cozumel one of the most spectacular diving spots on the globe. Today, it's yours to explore. In these translucent waters, come face to face with a dazzling, rainbow-hued array of tropical fish, mollusks, corals, and more. Now that's what we call enchanting.
Ixchel and the Temple of Womb
Once called "grandmother," Ixchel is a woman of many manifestations. Also linked with moon, earth, rain, and war, the aged jaguar goddess can be fearsome, portrayed bearing claws, a serpent headdress, and a bones-bedecked skirt. A 1552 account says that at Ka'na Nah, the largest structure in San Gervasio, the hollow "great idol" was fastened to the wall. There was a small secret door in the back of the idol. Priests would climb into the secret space and speak (pretending to be Ixchel) to those who came to worship, thus manipulating devotees.
Please make your way to the Margaritaville Restaurant Meeting Point Centro. San Miguel, Q.R. or to the Playa Uvas Beach Club at Carretera costera sur Km. 8.5 - Carretera a Chankanaab, Cozumel Q.R. to meet our rep with a visible sign.
Don't forget your driver's license if you plan to drive. Buggies are equipped with standard (gear stick) transmission. For travelers docking at Punta Langosta pier, take a south direction 7-minute, one-block walk and meet outside of Margaritaville Restaurant in downtown at the Meeting Point marked benches, 40 minutes prior to the tour time. For those travelers docking at either the International or Puerta Maya Piers, the meeting point will be at the Playa Uvas Beach Club located at Carretera costera sur Km. 8.5, Mexico. Take a 7 min taxi ride from your pier to Playa Uvas, ask April at the booth. Plan to be there at least 10 minutes before departure time.
This is a high-activity tour and is only recommended if you are fit, accustomed to exertion, have no back or neck problems, like a bumpy ride and can swim. This is not a suitable tour if you use a wheelchair or have limited mobility.
Adventure, Beach, Scenic, Cultural.
Chicken Fajita Lunch
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for travelers 7 years of age and older. You must be 16 years of age or older to drive, proving you present a valid driver's license.
Maximum weight allowed per person/per ATV is 300 lbs.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is not suitable for travelers with heart, neck, back, shoulder or knee problems or pregnant women due to bumping and jarring motions experienced when riding an ATV off-road. This experience is not wheelchair accessible.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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