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mundacas graveIsla’s strategic location plus the protective waters of the Lagoon Makax made a perfect refuge for pirates and buccaneers. It was from the Yucatan that the Spanish transported massive amounts of gold to Europe and the pirates took advantage of the opportunity to blunder the merchant ships. Legend has it that they kept their women here while they went out plundering, another reason Isla is called “The Island of Women”. Infamous pirates such as Henry Morgan and Jean Lafitte walked the shores of Isla.

Meco Mayan RuinsEl Meco is not the original name for the site, that has been lost to time. El Meco was a nickname for a local resident who was bowlegged and for some odd reason, they named it after him. The site was a small, self-sufficient fishing village dating back to 300 AD (the early classical period 300-600 AD) it was later abandoned and then resettled in the late 10th century. The structures were built between the 13th and 16th century. The central plaza with the pyramid temple, know as El Castillo, was dedicated to the Mayan rain god Chaac. From the top of the Castillo structure you can get an impressive view of the surrounding area.

Mayan Ixchel Temple

Isla’s history dates back over 1500 years when it was part of the Maya province, Ekab. The island served as the sanctuary for the goddess Ixchel, the Maya goddess of the moon, fertility, medicine and happiness. The Temple was located at the South point of the island and was also used as the lighthouse. The light from torches was shown through holes in the walls, which could be seen by the navigators at sea. The Maya also came to the island to harvest salt from the salt lagoons.

immaculate conception on isla mujeresMore than 100 years ago in 1890 in the ancient colonial settlement of Ecab (Boca Iglesia) at the northern tip of Quintana Roo, several fishermen (one, my father-in-law, Christiano Avila Celis), discovered three "sister" statues of the Virgin. They were carved out of wood with their hands and face made out of porcelain. And so it was said, each one of the fishermen believing so strongly in the Catholic religion carried a Virgin to his own village. It was also said that the Spaniards had brought the "sisters" to Ecab many years before in about 1770.