The people closest to me know how much I have fallen in love with Mexico and why.
My body works. My allergies don't flare, and it's like my RA disappears. I feel human and less... broken.
On this trip, I knew I had to go to Cozumel. It's a 30 to 40 minute ferry ride from Playa del Carmen and even though I get seasick very easily, it wasn't that bad. My goal was to visit The San Gervasio Mayan Ruins.
Mayan women who lived in the region of Quintana Roo visited this spot to worship the Goddess Ixchel (pronounced eeshl) and so I wanted to experience that history for myself.
It was magical and it was everything I hoped it would be.
I could go on about San Gervasio but my recommendation is to visit, but only if you have Mario A. Niño Espinosa as your guide. From the moment I stepped onto the island, Mario was waiting patiently. A contact on Reddit recommended Mario, and for me, it was one of the best decisions I made.
I'm very interested in Mayan history, culture, food, etc., and while Mario answered every question I asked, he also brought me to a couple historic sites I wasn't even aware of. (And tolerated my obsession with the Hemingway Lounge because, well, it's Hemingway.)
I was there leading up to Dia de los Muertos, and so we spoke a lot about life, family, death, and I found myself opening up as if I were with someone I had known for years.
Mario is incredibly knowledgeable, and loves sharing the history of Cozumel. I learned so much, I had time to myself to explore the ruins, I laughed, and I cried. It was an amazing day.
You can reach out to Mario directly on Facebook (link below) but plan ahead! I was very lucky to sneak in a few hours during my trip.
So this blog is both a thank you to Mario, and a recommendation for anyone who visits the Quintana Roo area. You will not regret a moment of your time.
Please do let me know if you go!
And Mario, if you're reading this, thank you.