Our Editors Trip to Isla Mujeres
Ever heard of Isla Mujeres? Well, you have now. One of our editor’s took a trip there and wanted to share his experience with the world in today’s blog update.
Special shout out to Isla Mujeres Vacation Rentals for putting this all together. They made the process simple and smooth.
Isla Mujeres is a breath-taking island, tucked away from the Cancun Island, just 8 miles away. With its sandy white beaches and clear, calm waters, it is a must-visit holiday resort for you. With its rich Mayan heritage and unbeatable beauty, you can relax and unwind. Before you pack your bags to embark on this breath-taking vacation, take a look at some of the amazing facts about this beautiful holiday destination.
Island of Women
Isla Mujeres is also known as the island of women. This island remained isolated for a long time till it was discovered in 1517. Legend has it that the only inhabitants of this island were priestess of Ixchel and her court of women. And it is this legend that has given the island the name, ‘Isla Mujeres’ or ‘Island of women’.
Rich Mayan Heritage
This island boasts a rich Mayan heritage, dating back over 1500 years. It was part of a Maya province, Ekab and served as a sanctuary for goddess Ixchel, the Maya goddess of moon, fertility, happiness and medicine. The ruins on Isla’s mainland also indicate their rich Mayan heritage. The famous pyramid temple, known as El Castillo, was dedicated to the Mayan rain god Chaac.
Isla and the Pirates
The Isla Mujeres and the waters of Lagoon Makax provided a great hide-out to the pirates. It is believed that famous or rather infamous pirates such as Henry Morgan and Jean Lafitte walked the shores of this very island. Jean Lafitte is believed to have died on Isla Mujeres in 1862.
How it All Started?
The Isla began as a small village, when during the War of Castes (1847-1901), Mayans took refuge on this island. It was initially named Pueblo de Dolores and was known as a fishing village. Although it has a high tourist percentage now, it still retains its old charm and tranquility.
MUSA Underwater Sculpture Museum
The Isla Mujeres boasts the largest underwater museum in the world. It is a work-in-progress and was opened to the public in 2010. The sculptures are created in collaboration with marine biologists and experts to counteract the effects of climate change on the oceans and reef systems. Though the sculptures will change over time, as the corals grow and marine life establishes itself, but this is the beauty of an underwater museum.
A Fishing Paradise
Isla Mujeres is known as the ‘fishing paradise’ and rightly so. The crystal clear waters are perfect for a good catch, even for beginners. From Barracudas to Snappers, you can indulge in this sport throughout the year, though your catch may vary from season to season. An important event is the Island Time Fishing Tournament that takes place in February.
The Turtle Farm
Isla Mujeres is known for its ancestral hatching grounds for giant sea turtles. They lay eggs from May-September in the soft sand, from where they are collected and kept safe at the Turtle Farm. Once they are hatched, they are released in the water, thus playing an important role in the conservation of this particular species.
There Are Lots of Amazing Things That You Can Discover! Have fun and discover Isla Mujeres!