By Gary Chandler, Liza Prado
Moon highlight Cozumel and the Riviera Maya is an 88-page compact consultant overlaying Puerto Morelos, Playa Xcalacoco, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal, and Tankah Tres. Authors Liza Prado and Gary Chandler supply their pro recommendation on must-see sights, and contain maps with sightseeing highlights so that you could make the main of some time. This light-weight advisor is filled with tips about leisure, purchasing, activity, lodgings, meals, and transportation, making navigating Mexico’s Caribbean coast basic and relaxing.
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M. daily) has room upon room of impressive Mexican folk art: pre-Columbian replicas, barro negro pottery, colorful rebosos (shawls), and hand-carved furniture. It’s definitely worth a stop, if even just to admire the artisanship. There’s a smaller satellite shop at the Punta Langosta mall, too. Located on a quiet residential street, Galeria Azul (Av. 15 btwn Calles 8 and 10 Norte, tel. M. ) displays works of art by the locals, including expat Greg Dietrich and others. Beautiful handblown glasswork, wood carvings, and paintings on silk dominate the gallery, but there also is poster art and tinwork.
Most streets are one-way in town; if you’re driving, be aware that avenidas (avenues) run north–south and have the right-of-way over calles (streets), which run east–west. Once you leave town, there is a single road that circles the entire island. Avenida Benito Juárez is one of the main streets in San Miguel de Cozumel, beginning at the central plaza, crossing town, and becoming the Carretera Transversal (Cross-Island Highway). The highway passes the turnoff to the San Gervasio ruins before intersecting with the coastal road.
3 mile) from the Plaza Central is the Murciélagos (Bats) building group, containing the site’s largest and most important structure: Ka’na Nah (Tall House). Also dating to San Gervasio’s later era, this was the temple of the goddess Ixchel, and in its heyday would have been covered in stucco and painted red, blue, green, and black. Finally, on the northeastern edge of San Gervasio rests Nohoch Nah (Big House), a boxy but serene temple. With an interior altar, the temple might have been used by religious pilgrims to make an offering upon entering or leaving San Gervasio.