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Isla Mujeres History
On the south end of the island, Punta Sur, picturesque cliffs are home to the ruins of the Mayan temple that gave the island its name, in a way.
For the Maya, the island was a sanctuary to Ixchel, the goddess of fertility. Legend says that Spanish explorers discovered numerous female statues honoring Ixchel, and named it "Isla Mujeres" (Island of Women).