There are over 40 known and mapped pre-Columbian sites on Cozumel, but few of them are accessible to the public. For more information about each one, you can read Ric Hajovsky’s book, The True History of Cozumel, Vol. 2, which includes maps and plans of every archaeological site and every structure on them. You can buy this book from Amazon.com HERE. If you want to have it shipped to Mexico, look HERE.
The most easily accessed Cozumel archaeological sites are: San Gervasio, El Caracol, and El Cedral. The ones at Chankanaab and the ones down by the seafront at the military airbase are only replicas, as is the stone building on the cross-island highway in front of the entrance to San Gervasio.
You can visit these three of the authentic sites by car, moto, or taxi. San Gervasio also has bus tours. El Caracol lies inside the Eco Park Sur, so you must pay the park entrance fee to get inside to see it. Cedral lies within the village of Cedral (see our map of the island) and sometimes the village charges an entrance fee (sometimes not).
San Gervasio is a National Archaeological Park that lies WITHIN a city park. To gain access, you first pay the city park entrance fee, and then the National Park entrance fee. Tour Guides are for hire at San Gervasio, but they are not trained and make up a lot of what they tell you out of thin air. If you want the real story, be sure and buy Ric Hajovsky’s Guide to San Gervasio, available as a paperback or an eBook you can read on other electronic devices. It includes a self-guided tour of the site. You can buy this book from Amazon Books HERE.
If you go to San Gervasio, take plenty of water, sturdy shoes, and MOSQUITO REPELLANT!