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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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