Cozumel lies just a short distance off the coast ofthe Yucatan. The first Spanish explorers arrived in the 16th centuryand found various Mayan settlements in different parts of the island.During the 17th and 18th centuries Cozumel was a haven for pirates wholay in wait for rich Spanish galleons that had to stop here for water.
The1960s saw the modern-day tourists arrive, thanks to the publicityresulting from a marine life documentary filmed at the Palancar Reef byfamous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau.
To this day the mostpopular activities are skin diving and snorkeling among the colorfulreefs surrounding the island. Other activities include the explorationof some recently excavated Mayan ruins, browsing in the many localhandicrafts and souvenir shops, or simply relaxing and enjoying thewarming rays of the sun.
Our call at Cozumel provides also the opportunity for visits to the famous Mayan sites of Chichen Itza and Tulum.