El Cedral Tours

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El Cedral
El Cedral is a village on the southwest side of Cozumel. It is also the site of the island’s oldest Mayan ruins, which date to AD 800. Spanish explorers first discovered El Cedral in 1518, and it became the island’s first official city in 1847. Today it’s home to a small community of quaint houses and farms, as well as an annual festival.
 
The Basics
Most of the Mayan temple that stood on this site has been torn down, but a small archway remains, and  it is enough for you to visualize what daily life may have been like at the time of the Mayan civilization. Visitors can view the ruins, alongside a small church, as well as the village of El Cedral as it stands today. Tours of Cozumel usually include a stop in El Cedral.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • There are vendors selling embroidered handicrafts, jewelry, and more in the village.
  • Because it’s a small site and takes a short time to visit, there are no tours of El Cedral alone, but the sight is included in broader tours of Cozumel.
  • The annual Festival de El Cedral takes place from late April to early May.
 
How to Get There
El Cedral is located off the Carretera Costera Sur highway between kilometers 17 and 18 in Cozumel. It’s a 30-minute drive from the airport. Some motorcycle and buggy tours of the visit the village. During the annual Festival de El Cedral, buses regularly depart from the parking lot across from Chedraui, near the airport, to accommodate the crowds.
 
When to Get There
The site is open daily from sunrise to sunset. In late April, you can catch the annual Festival de El Cedral, celebrating local artists, music, and traditions. During the festival, the village is packed with visitors and vendors, and the atmosphere resembles a state fair, with games, rides, and entertainment. Many of the events take place in the afternoon and evening.
 
El Caracol
Another archaeological site on Cozumel, El Caracol is located within the island’s Punta Sur Eco Beach Park. Snail sculptures used to adorn the dome of the tiny temple, along with rows of actual snails embedded in the stucco; hence the name El Caracol, which means “snail” in Spanish. Tours of Cozumel usually include stops at El Cedral and El Caracol.
Address: Carretera Costera Sur Highway, Cozumel, Mexico
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Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket to El Cedral Town and Mayan Temple

Since 1848 from April 28th through May 8th, the small village of Cedral, located on the island of Cozumel, has celebrated la Feria de Cedral including the dia de Santa Cruz.The feria commemorates the safe passage of 11 founding families who crossed over from the mainland to settle in Cozumel and escape the Caste War. The feria features cultural exhibitions , livestock shows, games, food and more. Of special date are the traditional dances, Cabeza de Cochino” and “La Cinta” which actually take place on the 3rd of May. Festivites are opened every year by the closest direct descendant of the original celebrants. In fact, La Feria is of such great cultural importance that in 2011 UNESCO has taken the first steps necessary to declare the event culturally historic. Considered to be Cozumel’s oldest festival, it has run continuously since
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Private Jeep Excursion in Cozumel with Lunch and Snorkeling

Discover the jungle and beaches of Cozumel island with just your family and friends on this private self-operated Jeep tour. Follow your guide from a separate vehicle and drive into a national park to learn about the local geology and Maya history. Continue to white-sand beaches for snorkeling and a delicious lunch before visiting a tequila factory. These are just some of the activities and sites available. Leave the routine tours behind and design your own itinerary to include horseback riding, shopping, more sightseeing and whatever else suits your interests.
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
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Cozumel Self-Drive Buggy Tour: Snorkeling, Mayan Heritage and Mexican Lunch

Check out Cozumel sights from the seat of a rugged buggy that easily handles the terrain's twists and turns. Head to the El Cedral ruins for a chance to learn about the area's strong Maya heritage, and then zoom to the waterfront to snorkel in Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park and SkyReef. Stop in between to chow down on an included Mexican-style lunch.
  • Duration: 4 to 30 minutes
  • Duration: 4 to 30 minutes
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XRAIL ADVENTURE TO JADE CAVERN PRIVATE VEHICLE

This off-roading adventure takes you deep into the heart of the Yucatan jungle via all-terrain vehicles. Climb in the ATV, which seats four, and take rugged trails to the Jade Caverns, a diverse ecosystem featuring a cenote with stalactite formations surrounded by tropical plants. Relax, swim, or simply take in the nature’s handiwork before another thrilling ride back to town.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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XRAIL ADVENTURE TO JADE CAVERN

Get adventurous during your Cozumel vacation with an off-road tour by Xrail, an all-terrain buggy that seats up to four passengers. You'll explore the jungle scenery on the way to Jade Caverns, admiring the native vegetation and watching for wildlife along the way. When you arrive at your destination, hop out of the buggy to see orchids, stalactite formations, and a natural pool where you can go swimming, if you wish.
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Mayan Jungle Jeep to Jade Cavern Cenote and Snorkel Adventure

Feel the breeze as you zip around Cozumel aboard a Jeep on this 5-hour tour. After receiving instructions from an informative guide, drive a jeep to Jade Cavern and other top island attractions. Follow this with snorkeling in beautiful clear waters and a satisfying lunch. Wrap up the day with a tour of an esteemed tequila factory, complete with tastings. Choose from several departure times to suit your schedule.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Cozumel Motorcycle Tour Aboard a Harley-Davidson or KTM 1290

If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast, this 4-hour Cozumel tour is tailor-made for you. Hop aboard a late-model Harley-Davidson Street Glide, Ultra Classic, Road King, Softail, Fat Boy or Sportster, and feel the wind as you explore Maya ruins, the Punta Sur Eco Reserve and the beach. Blaze along El Malecon (boardwalk) and stop for lunch. Pick up history from an informative guide and thrills during this two-wheeled adventure!
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Wheelchair-Accessible Private Island Tour of Cozumel

This wheelchair-accessible tour of Cozumel is customized for visitors with limited mobility who want to enjoy the beautiful island. A professional driver-guide will create a sightseeing itinerary of places and activities based on your needs and interests. Get around conveniently via a specialized wheelchair-enabled vehicle with a ramp. Visit the flea market, take a tequila tour, stop for photos at El Mirador and enjoy time at the beach. This 4-hour private tour is offered for up to seven passengers.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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ATV ADVENTURE TO JADE CAVERN DOUBLE

Experience Cozumel’s wild side on this off-road jungle excursion. After a convenient pickup, strap on a helmet, goggles and other equipment—they’re included in the tour price—hop on an all-terrain vehicle and cruise through lush, narrow trails to Jade Cavern cenote. Enjoy a refreshing swim before heading to the Mayan Coral Cave.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Hacienda San Gabriel - Horseback Riding Tour Cozumel

At Hacienda San Gabriel we have the best adventure tours you can find on the island of Cozumel, ride a horse with your friends and family, ride a bicycle and ride in the middle of nature, rent a bike and walk all the way to know the Cedral or move in the traditional horse carriage, enjoy the fresh waters of the region as well as our facilities with swimming pool, basketball court, soccer ball, baseball and ping pong. Learn about the history of henequen, The fantastic legend of the Chaca and the Chechén, visit the Cenote del Amor and the farm with farm animals. Learn about the prescient woods of the area. Visit the underground cenote in the middle of nature, Mayan replicas, the great history of the Ixcabil as well as the ruins of the cedral.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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SEGWAY LOCAL VILLAGE & PLAYA MIA BEACH BREAK

Enjoy two Cozumel experiences in one day with this Segway tour and Playa Mia combo. You'll explore a local village with a connection to the Maya people on the Segway tour, and then head into the water at one of the island's most popular beach destinations where you have access to water toys, kayaks, lounge chairs, a kids' pool-lagoon, and much more.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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