Any cruise includes both days at sea and days in port. Ours was no exception and while we could have just gone ashore and shopped, we chose to sign up for an excursion to the San Gervasio ruins, the sanctuary of the goddess Ixchel, the main Mayan entity on the island.
That low doorway demanded that even the short Mayans bow in respect and reverence to enter. This location was a temple site where the only houses would have been for the priests. The visitors to the temple would have been seeking the blessing of fertility from the goddess and the few graves found on the property were female, probably women who died in childbirth there.
Our guide, Moy, was of Mexican-Mayan descent and gave us lots of information on Mayan culture. For one thing, the Mayan idea of a handsome man was far, far different from the American ideal. Just as the Chinese bound the feet of baby girls to make them smaller and more desirable, Mayans strapped boards to the maleable forehead and back of the head of baby boys to shape them flat and sloping, then fastened a shiny object between the baby’s eyes, eventually making him cross-eyed! The Mayan number system was base 20, not base 10 like ours. The Mayan calendar is far more accurate than any since, but, according to Moy, people now don’t have the knowledge and expertise to extend it past the original, which ends in December of 2012, so rest assured, the world is NOT scheduled to end this year, no matter what the Mayan calendar seems to indicate.
After the ruins, our lunch stop was a roadside cafe and bar just steps from the beach. While LeRoy and Ron Young took a stroll in the ocean, I had a massage in a fabric-wrapped “building” with the soft sounds of the waves lapping on the sand in the background!
We were glad we chose the tour we did, since most of the water excursions (snorkeling, scuba diving, glass-bottomed boat, etc.) were cancelled due to high seas. Cozumel has a high attraction for tourists and we thought this day’s tour was the best of our trip, mostly because it had the best guide. Moy was very knowledgeable as well as fun. We wished we could have taken him on the next day’s tour!