San Gervasio

Avenida Rafael Melgar
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AAA Editor Notes

San Gervasio is e. on the Carretera Transversal (Avenida Benito Juárez) to the well-marked San Gervasio turn-off, then n. 6.3 km (about 4 mi.) on a paved two-lane access road to the entrance gate. Not nearly as impressive architecturally as other archeological sites on the Yucatán Peninsula—Chichén Itzá this isn't—San Gervasio (san her-BAH-see-oh) was nevertheless inhabited for more than 1,000 years. Bear left after walking through the site entrance and you'll come to Plaza Central. Nine spread-out structures sit low to the ground and are in various states of disrepair. From the back side of the plaza, take the well-marked, jungle-lined walking path that leads to Ka'Na Nah, a Post-Classic (1200-1650) temple reputedly built in dedication to the goddess Ixchel. Another path leads east from Ka'Na Nah to Murcielagos, a building set deep in the jungle. Numerous iguanas sunning themselves on rocks offer good photo opportunities. A separate trail branching off to the left leads back to Plaza Central by way of Nohoch Nah. This boxy temple, set atop a stepped pyramid-like platform, is classic Mayan architecture—with the out-of-character addition of a screen door that has been installed across the front entrance. A thatch-roofed entrance pavilion has restrooms, vendor stalls and a snack bar that sells bottled water and sodas. Information plaques in Spanish and English provide historical background. The structures are roped off and cannot be climbed.
(paid at the entrance pavilion) 40 pesos (about $2.15 U.S.). A second fee of 52 pesos per person, charged by INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History) must be paid at the official entrance to the ruins. Parking is free, but expect to give someone a few pesos to “watch your car” (standard procedure at attraction parking lots all over Mexico). San Miguel taxi drivers will take you to the site entrance and wait while you view the ruins; the fare is negotiable, but expect to pay about $60 U.S.
Hours: Daily 8-5.