Discover all that Pueblo Mágico has to offer
Just 6 miles northeast of Cancun is Isla Mujeres, a natural paradise in the state of Quintana Roo that you must visit at least once in your life.
This pedagogical land of just seven kilometers in length offers a whole experience from start to finish. You will love everything there is to do in Isla Mujeres if you are a lover of adventure and also of rest. Before delving into its main tourist attractions, let me tell you a little about its history …
The island was studied for the Spanish expedition commanded by Francisco Hernández de Córdoba in 1517. When the conquerors arrived and observed a large number of woman-shaped clay statues, they named it Isla Mujeres.
It was not until 1975 that the island was declared a municipality of Quintana Roo. Most of its inhabitants are fishermen and divers who have lived on the island for generations and like to promote it by welcoming its visitors warmly.
In 2015, Isla Mujeres received the recognition of Pueblo Mágico thanks to its natural wealth, archaeological remains and tourist attractions.
Join us to discover all you can do during the seven hours in this amazing destination of the Mexican Caribbean.
Our adventure begins in the city of Cancun, in the Xcaret Island Women’s Pier which is located at kilometer 4.5 of the Hotel Zone. Here we board the Xcaret Xailing ferry to move to the picturesque Isla Mujeres.
After a pleasant journey we arrive at the Isla Mujeres Maritime Terminal. The island can tax a cake, a golf cart, a motorcycle, a bicycle or a taxi. An additional option is to use the local bus line (Isleños Bus), which has four routes around the island, passing through the main sights.
Visit North Beach, recognized as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world for its crystal clear waters, palm trees and white sand. Other beautiful beaches that also recommend you sleep Beach Center y Albatross Beachboth have Blue Flag certification.
Before continuing to explore the island, we made a mandatory stop at the Parador Fotogràfic of Isla Mujeres, located on the Malecón, on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. Another point to take the photo of the memory is in the Sculpture alluding to the whale shark.
Something characteristic of this small town is the variety of colors that are in each of its corners, amazing photographs in its murals, houses and chapels! Don’t forget to visit the fantastic ones Rainbow stairsbeing located on the corner of Pámpano street with Paseo de las Aves.
In the avenues Medina Wheel, Miguel Hidalgo y Morelos You will find artisans of Mayan culture, hammocks, Mexican sweets, Chaquira handicrafts, typical clothing, talaveras and Mexican toys, among others, that you can give to your loved ones or yourself as a great memory of your visit to Isla Mujeres.
Either day or night, the avenue Miguel Hidalgo It has the most atmosphere for walking and having fun. It is on Pedestrian Street with live music (mostly at night), small hotels, ice cream parlors, coffee shops, restaurants and bars.
The most representative dishes of the island are based on fish and seafood, highlighting the snail ceviche and the Tikin-Xic fish. The name of this dish comes from the Mayan language and means “dried fish”. It is baked underground or grilled, seasoned with anchovies and sour orange juice.
In the center of Isla Mujeres you will see a beautiful church dedicated to the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, patron saint of the island town. An emblematic landmark of this Pueblo Mágico.
In the Captain Dulche Museum exhibited scale models of ancient ships, photographs and objects by Captain Ernesto Dulché Escalante, as well as some pieces by oceanographer, ecologist and athlete Ramón Bravo Prieto and marine researcher Jacques Cousteau.
Isla Mujeres is famous for its extraordinary scenery for snorkeling or diving. Just 15 minutes by boat, in the opposite direction Manchones Reef which features a 12-mile-long coral bank with majestic banks of pieces and lots of flora. It also houses the sculptures of the Underwater Museum of Art and the Cross of the Baythat pays tribute to the men and women passed away in the sea.
The other must-see El Faritoa marine natural park located just 1.5 kilometers from Isla Mujeres, where you can go snorkeling, admire the fauna of the marina and visit the Virgen del Carmen estate.
He Reef Flag, between Cancun and Isla Mujeres; At a depth of 12 meters you can find beautiful elk horn reefs and large crabs, moray eels, lobsters, barracudas and angel fish.
Finally, we have The Cave of Sleeping Sharks, explored for more than 50 years on the island of Carlos García Castilla “Válvula”. It is a 30 minute boat ride from Isla Mujeres and is a great place for advanced scuba diving and admiring six different species of sharks, including bull, white tip and cat.
The island was also a refuge and home for famous pirates and slave traders, such as Fermín Mundaca and Marecheaga, who built one of the main historical sites in the destination, the Hacienda Vista Alegre, now known as the Hacienda Vista Alegre. Hacienda Mundaca. According to legend, the pirate built the hacienda to win the heart of a local woman, known as “La Trigueña”; that love did not flourish and the pirate died of lovelessness.
Located south of Isla Mujeres we will find the Tortugranjaa place to learn more about the sea turtle, the different species that exist and the efforts made for its protection.
In Punta Sud there is the monument to the iguana, the most representative endemic species in the region and the temple dedicated to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of the moon and fertility. From here, we can appreciate incredible views, descending along the walk we discover caves with spectacular formations, on the west side is seen in the distant Cancun.
In case you didn’t know, he Dawn Cliff in Punta Sur it is the first place in Mexico to receive the sun’s rays every morning. It’s a magical place!
The sun is setting and it’s time to head back to Cancun, we head to the center of the island to board the ferry from Xcaret Xailing. Already on the high seas, we see Isla Mujeres say goodbye to a memorable sunset … very soon we will be back to continue enjoying this paradise.
Now that you know all that this beautiful Mexican Caribbean Pueblo Mágico has to offer, tell us, what will be your first stop on your visit to Isla Mujeres?
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