Breaking the Silence

First, apologies for my silence over the past week. I had the foresight and motivation (thanks to you guys ;) ) to schedule posts ahead of time, but it’s impossible to respond or read others’ posts in advance.

So, why the silence? One word. Vacation. It feels good to unplug sometimes. And it feels even better to visit places that inspire the imagination.

One of those places is the San Gervasio Maya site on the island of Cozumel.

Built nearly 2,000 years ago, these ruins are steeped in tradition and mystery. Unlike most Maya religious sites, its purpose was focused on life and fertility — so human sacrifices weren’t a normal part of the routine.

An iguana sunning on the ruins.

An iguana sunning on the ruins (and enjoying the paparazzi).

Towards the center of the complex we visited, there’s a “tree of life.” According to legend, if you’re in need of courage, one hug on the “tree of life” will help.

The "tree of life"

The “tree of life”

At the end of the “White Road,” there’s a gateway. Supposedly, these are at all of the different Maya sites. Our guide, a history student at the local university and a man with Maya heritage, said that there are plenty of things that guides like to point out about the gate way, but he focuses his attention not on the gateway itself but on the stone beneath it.

The "White Road." Under a full moon, it would glow.

The “White Road.” Under a full moon, it would glow. Further down the road is the gateway.

He told us that this stone is actually a map of Cozumel. It’s the right proportions, the reefs around the island are indicated by small stones, and the highest spot on the main corresponds to the highest part of the island (which also happens to be the location of San Gervasio). Is it true? I don’t know, but the Maya were incredibly intelligent, so I wouldn’t put it past them.

An ancient map of Cozumel?

An ancient map of Cozumel?

While it’s not as impressive as Chichen Itza, it’s a great taste of Maya history on Cozumel tended by friendly people who love their culture.

Have you visited anywhere exciting lately? Have you ever been to a Maya site?


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