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Isla Mujeres is located in the Caribbean Sea, near the Yucatan Peninsula in southeastern Mexico. It is a quaint and charming island, located across the bay from Cancun.
The Isla Mujeres warm and clear waters are the perfect home to dolphins and turtles and swim with them is one of the most attractive activities to do here.
To reach the island, take a ferry from Puerto Juarez or ferry from Punta Sam (autos) and enjoy the amazing scenery during the 15 minutes that the journey from Puerto Juárez (Cancún) or 45 minutes from Punta Sam.
Isla Mujeres is a place with history and spectacular beaches. On the southern tip of the island there are traces of a Mayan temple. Archaeologists know that Isla Mujeres was a sanctuary dedicated to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of fertility and the Mayan women had to make a pilgrimage to the island as part of their transition from girl to woman.
Today, the pilgrimage to the island is carried out by lovers of marine animals and the beauty of its tropical nature. Isla Mujeres was also refuge and home to famous pirates, slavers really like Fermin Mundaca and Marecheaga.
Isla Mujeres became world famous in the 70s, when the Cave of Sleeping Sharks was presented to the world by the famous Mexican oceanographer Ramón Bravo, discovered by the island diver for all known as Valve, man able to hold their breath for long time under 21 meters deep (70 feet).
The island is also known for its beautiful underwater scenery, great places for snorkeling and diving, and the rich biodiversity offered.
Another interesting attraction of Isla Mujeres worth visiting is the park and beach club "El Garrafon" where you can snorkel, snuba, sea trek, kayak among others. A little later in this park there is a small Arquelogica area was dedicated to Ixchel.
Map of Isla Mujeres