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Isla Mujeres Travel Guide

Isla Mujeres Top Experiences

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In Search of the Dead

El Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) is often described as a Mexican version of Halloween, but it’s much more than that. The festival...


Shhh … Don't Wake the Sharks

The underwater caverns off Isla Mujeres attract reef sharks, a dangerous species. Once the sharks swim into the caves they enter a state of...


Isla's Salt Mines

The ancient salt mines in Isla’s interior were worked during the postclassic period of Mayan history (roughly AD 1000–1500). Salt was an important...


Isla's History

The name Isla Mujeres means "Island of Women," although no one knows who dubbed it that. Many believe it was the ancient Maya, who were said...


Who Was Ixchel?

Ixchel (ee- shell ) is a principal figure in the pantheon of Mayan gods. Sometimes called Lady Rainbow, Ixchel is the goddess of childbirth...


Top Reasons to Go

Getting away from the crowd: Although Isla Mujeres is just across the bay from Cancún, the peace and quiet make it seem like another universe...

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