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Cozumel Sights

El Cedral

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Updated 03/29/2013

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Spanish explorers discovered this site, once the hub of Mayan life on Cozumel, in 1518. Later it became the island's first official city, founded in 1847. Today it's a farming community with small, well-tended houses and gardens. Conquistadores tore down much of the Mayan temple, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers destroyed the rest to make way for the island's first airport during World War II. So there's little in the way of actual ruins apart from one small stone

arch, but if you're in the market for souvenirs, vendors around the main plaza display embroidered blouses and hammocks.

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Sight Information


Off Carretera Sur, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600, Mexico


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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily dawn–dusk

Updated 03/29/2013


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By Ellen

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Jul 1, 2005

As interesting as a pile of rubble

There's almost nothing to see. Considering the other kinds of ruins you can see both on the island and on the mainland, this is not worth it at all.

By Douglas

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Dec 29, 2003

Off the beaten path.

We stopped here on our way to Punta Sur Lighthouse. T shirts and souviners were available. The small ruins were interesting, and you will see the rural natives of the inland. Go in May to see the Bullfights.

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