Surrounded by wonderfully turquoise waters, this small Caribbean island 8 miles from Cancun, offers a variety of tourist activities with its awesome beautiful natural parks.
The “Island of the Women”, was discovered in 1517 by the Spanish Francisco Hernandez de Córdoba. He chose this name because of the many cult images of goddesses. In Pre-Columbian times the island was sacred to the Mayan goddess of childbirth and medicine, Ix Chel.
Nowadays, Isla Mujeres is visited by hundred of thousands tourists who come to seek out the marine life with its rays and sharks and to marvel at the Mesoamerican Reef, the second longest in the planet. The island is popular with day trippers, but activity quiets down in the evening after the tour groups leave.
This peacefully island is admired for its many attractions, among them the El Garrafón Nature Park which has various water activities. There you can also find Punta Sur, which is gorgeous for its huge cliffs that seem to have been made by the hands of men.
The international tourist and boutique hotels give Isla Mujeres a cosmopolitan air, while the local people have blended Mayan and Spanish traditions ever since the conquest in what are known as syncretism beliefs.The Mayan island of Isla Mujeres is today a beach site paradise, which brings together mysticism and underwater experiences all in one place.