Because San Gervasio is largely unrestored, its original architecture and lush surroundings are still intact. The site served mostly religious purposes from 100 BC to the 1500s, and its temples honor Ixchel, the Mayan deity of fertility, weaving, and medicine. Inside the Temple of the Hands, tiny red hand prints speckle the walls. Many believe the signs were created by children supervised at the site—a Mayan day care of sorts. At the island's center is a verdant jungle inhabited by multicolored iguanas, plants, and flowers.

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Away Travel Expert: Candyce H. Stapen
FamilyExpert Rating 3.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
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  • View Las Manitas temple, known for its altar's red handprints.

Blvd. Juarez east to San Gervasio Access Rd.
Parking: Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Entry fee USD4; road access fee USD1

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Neighborhood: East Coast
Price Information: Entry fee USD4; road access fee USD1
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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