Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Isla Mujeres, Mexico - Island of the women

To get to Isla Mujeres from the Cancun airport we can take you there, just follow the link below: http://cancuntaxishuttle.com/. This place is recongnized for having white sand beaches, charming bars and restaurants. If you have booked a hotel on this island, you are lucky because you are going to enjoy an earthly paradise, to get to the island. We take you from the Cancun airport to the Puerto Juarez ferry. It is located in the Caribbean Sea in the Yucatan Peninsula. The island is part of one of the eleven municipalities of the State of Quintana Roo, the municipality of Isla Mujeres (which includes part of the continental territory) and is located thirteen kilometers from the city of Cancun, the main tourist pole of the region. Isla Mujeres was discovered by the Spaniards during an expedition commanded by Francisco Hernández de Córdoba in the year 1517.

In pre-Hispanic times the island was consecrated to Ixchel, Mayan goddess of the Moon, love and fertility; the Mayan women had to make a pilgrimage to the island as part of their passage from girl to woman which left offerings with feminine forms that deposited them on their beaches. When arriving the Spanish conquerors and observing the figures, they baptized it like Island of Women. It was also a place for refugees and home to famous pirates and slave traders, such as Fermín Mundaca and Marecheaga. Its warm, transparent waters are the perfect home for dolphins and turtles, and swimming with them is one of the most attractive activities that can be done here. Another interesting attraction of the island that is worth visiting is the park and beach club "El Garrafón" where you can practice snorkeling, snuba, be it trek, kayak among others.

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Geography & location

The island of Isla Mujeres is located close to one of many coral reefs such as the one located in Garrafon Park, which is an area popular for its snorkeling and scuba diving. The Cancun underwater museum, created by English sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, is located off the western coast of Isla Mujeres. Isla Mujeres is also home to a population of sea turtles. Because of the recent endangerment of sea turtles in the area, a facility was set up on the southern end of the island for the rehabilitation and breeding of them. This facility is open to the public.

Mayan History

In Pre-Columbian times the island was sacred to the Maya goddess of childbirth and medicine, Ix Chel. When the Spanish arrived in the 16th century they named it "Isla Mujeres" because of the many images of goddesses. The first information available about Isla Mujeres is from the period between 564 - 1516 AC, when it was part of the Maya province called Ekab. There were 4 Maya provinces in what is today the State of Quintana Roo. The Maya also exploited the salt that the island produced in the "salinas" (small interior lagoons). The salt was used not only for the conservation of food and medicine but also has a generally accepted currency for commerce of goods along the whole Maya region. The Maya goddess Ixchel had a temple in what is today the Hacienda Mundaca (Mundaca's Plantation House).

The island & the mainland

Ferry boats run from the island and Puerto Juárez or Gran Puerto on the mainland. The island is popular with day trippers, but activity quietens down in the evening after the tour groups leave. There are numerous places to eat fresh seafood cooked with local and traditional delicious recipes, also many other types of food are available at restaurants on the island such as: black angus steaks, Mexican, Yucatecan, Italian, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Hebrew, French, Thai, Cuban & Maya. Hotel prices vary from cheap to very expensive at the resorts on the southwest end such as Hotel Villa Rolandi, and Playa Norte Ixchel Beach Hotel. To the east is the Caribbean Sea with a strong surf and rocky coast, and to the west the skyline of Cancún can be seen across the clear waters. In the north is El Centro (downtown), whose central axis, Hidalgo Street, is the main dining and entertainment area. Also located on the north end is a famous beach called Playa Norte, which has recovered quickly since Hurricane Wilma hit the area in 2005. Besides these attractions, swimming with dolphins can also be experienced at the Island via Dolphin Discovery.

SUBACUATIC MUSEUM (MUSA): In 2009, a monumental contemporary underwater museum called MUSA (Underwater Art Museum) was formed in the waters around Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc. The aim of the Museum is to demonstrate the interaction between art and the science of environmental conservation. All the sculptures are fixed to the bottom of the sea and are made of special materials used to promote the coral life. The facilities occupy an area of more than 420 m2 of sterile substrate with a weight of more than 200 tons.

Weather in Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres weather boasts year round sunshine making it ideal for a vacation at any time of year. Isla Mujeres weather is tropical and humid with year round sunshine.

68° / 86° F October to March
75° / 91° F April to September

Languages spoken in Isla Mujeres

The official language spoken in Isla Mujeres is Spanish. Most of the Mexicans working in the tourism industry speak English and you will find that French, Italian and German are also spoken by some. Many of the local indigenous people still speak Mayan as their first language and Spanish as their second, you will often hear them speaking Mayan amongst themselves.

Spanish (National toungue)
Mayan (local toungue)

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