Costa Maya Mayan Ruins Excursion Reviews
Go to Kohunlich Mayan ruins if you can. The long (2 hour each way) trip is well worth it.
Our guide led us around the ruins, giving us time at the major points to climb the steps, take pictures and just simply enjoy the advanced architecture that this so-called stone age people built over 1000 years ago.
You can walk through the rooms, examine their sleeping platforms, look close at their large stone faces and wonder what kind of ball game was played on the ball court and for what stakes?
Be careful if you walk around the dried up reservoir area. I found a semi-circle of stones in one section and it has a 2 foot depression that might actually be deeper during a wet period.
To appreciate the Mayans accomplishments I recommend "The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology" by James A. O'Kon. (New Page Press, 2012). Go and have a good time. I ordered the vegetarian box lunch on the return bus ride and found it very good. The chicken box smelled good too. You eat on the bus, so I do not recommend getting a beer unless it is a twist off. The orange drink was refreshing.
Native choice did a great job and the entire day was very educational. It just wasn't everyone's idea of fun to take an educational excursion.
Best stop of the trip. Beautiful beaches. We booked a tour through "The Native Choice" a local company that we learned about on this site. We went to the Chochuban Mayan Ruins in the jungle. A great experience and much more personalbe than the large NCL mega bus group at a lower cost as well. We were in awe of the scenery and the ruins were incredible. The guides were very knowlegable and provided a lot of history with the extensive tour.
Very good tour guide, very nice park to explore ruins. It was very hot and humid and misquotes were troublesome for a few in our group.
I booked a tour of Chacchoben through The Native Choice before we left, and I cannot recommend this trip highly enough. Our guide was Ivan, and he was wonderful and very informative. The ruins are beautiful, and we even saw monkeys! The trip from just outside the port (about a 15 minute walk) to Chacchoben takes about an hour, and you see the true rural Mexico on this trip. Our bus stopped on the way back to buy pineapple from one of the women selling it along the street.
If you don't have an excursion booked for Costa Maya, don't even bother to get off the ship. The town of Mahahual has almost nothing in it.
Limited time here as well, but truly magnificent to witness these structures! We had PERFECT weather and not many tourists here during our visit. Great photos! The ship (Vision of the Seas) pressured our tour-guide to return to port early so they could leave port on time.
This was a great excursion but the bus ride was VERY long, I believe 3 hours each way. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and really got into it. The bag lunch provided was not good. You may want to bring food with you if you can.
Very insightful and thorough tour of the extensive Mayan Ruins. We had visited the Mayan Ruins at Belize in February and these were much more extensive.
Great tour guide--Daniel. Very interesting. Learned a lot of information. Beach was nice.
The 2.25 hour ride each way was a bit long. The ruins are, in fact in ruins and are being restored/rebuilt. Our guide, though pleasant was so talkative and slow that we saw about 1/4 of the ruins before we had to leave. I suppose he had to deal with people in good shape and those with canes. We climbed up and down and took pictures. I am sure there are much better Mayan sites.