Costa Maya Chacchoben Mayan Ruins Excursion Reviews
Deep in the Mexican jungle, Chacchoben is among the most famous ruins in Cozumel. These ancient pyramids have been excavated and restored, and now stand as testament to the myths and rituals of the mysterious Mayan peoples.
A/C ride for 50 minutes with great narration by Diego of customs, some history and today's natives. The ruins are impressive to walk on and around. We also visited a Mayan village family nearby. We learned of customs, homes, plants used for beauty, cooking, medicinal uses as well as several local dances performed. The Mayan based lunch meal was delicious with variety, etc. We would give this a #1 priority to anyone. We learned two Mayan words: Junbotek and Malo Keen... ask what they mean when you arrive.
This was an excellent tour of the ruins and a great guide and driver. The vans were all virtually new maxi van types and with bottled water for all. Very interesting and reasonable compared to the ones offered by Oceania. our guide was Mayan himself and very knowledgeable about the Mayan culture therefore. we were able to see up close some great examples of Mayan architecture and sites used for various ceremonial events.
On the return trip to Costa Maya and our ship, the driver stopped to allow those who wanted to buy some fresh sliced locally grown pineapple! Oh, it was so sweet you could even eat the core!
The ride there was 55 minutes each way. Take car seats for small children as they will use them!
The walk is very uneven and I had to constantly look down to make sure of my footing. I waited for the others on a bench while they climbed the steps (many of them) and still felt I got my money's worth from the experience.
Very informative! Great history lesson as well as exploring. Our guide was Diana and she was wonderful. Answered every question. Great for kids and adults.. adults got to learn a bit about the culture and kids loved climbing all over the ruins.
Tour guide "Gerry" was fantastic and provided a lot of interesting details regarding the area, culture, history... He made the bus trip there and back fun and very informative. The motor coach seemed safe and was quite comfortable. Ruins were very impressive - a must see!
Group of 10 guests; guides were very informative. Fascinating history of Ruins. Long drive to site. Bottled water was provided. Guide stopped and bought freshly cut pineapple for the group. Fun excursion.
Costa Maya was a lot of fun as well. They dock at a private dock, so when you walk off the boat the excursions being sold are going to be from NCL at NCL prices. Once you walk through the gates is where you can find the local tours for half the price. We booked through a company called Toucan Tours, they also have a website you can book through : http://www.tucancostamaya.com/ Carlos was our tour guide and he was excellent! Very informative. The company provides beverages of all sorts: Mexican Sodas, water, beer… which seemed to be unlimited and Carlos stopped and purchased local pineapples for everyone to try. The ruins were amazing to see and quite the experience. Worth the money! Afterwards we brought to the beach/town. We decided to explore the town. We wanted to have lunch at an authentic Mexican restaurant and then do some shopping.
Welcome to Cruise Critic; we're happy you decided to register to become a Cruise Critic Member.
Important: Do Not Use Your REAL NAME as your USER NAME
Important: Please disable your email verification software so that you receive our activation e-mail. Please add @cruisecritic.com to your email safelist.
Please respect that this is a MODERATED community for people who absolutely LOVE cruise travel or want to learn about cruise travel.
Registration to Cruise Critic's Cruise Community is free! We require that you use a valid e-mail address. You will receive an e-mail asking you to verify your e-mail address before you are allowed to login and post on the boards. Again, please disable your spamblocking or verification software so that you receive our activation e-mail. Also, as a member of Cruise Critic you will receive copies of our weekly newsletter plus our "Cruise Sails" and one "Member Offer" mailing. Should you not want to continue to receive these e-mailings, simply unsubscribe by following the directions in the newsletter. By agreeing to become a member, you are agreeing to receipt of our newsletters.
Additionally, we do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed at this link: Community Guidelines.
This is a moderated Community. If you do not agree with the terms and conditions of this Web site and do not wish to be bound by them, please do not use this Web site or continue the registration process. Cruise Critic reserves the right to remove any content in its sole discretion. Additionally, if you violate our Community Guidelines you may lose your posting privileges -- permanently -- without warning. By continuing the registration you are agreeing to the terms
These are moderated message boards. What this means is that we do our best to remove all objectionable messages from the boards. It also means that you cannot say whatever you'd like on the forums. If you are looking for an "anything goes" setting, Cruise Critic might not be the place for you. Understand, too, that our community is comprised of folks who LOVE to cruise. It therefore stands to reason that they will have a favorite cruise line or port of call -- in other words, they are "fans" and will sometimes take offense when a brand new member has arrived on the scene to bash a cruise line.
Keep in mind that we do not prescreen posts so there may be a period of time when an inappropriate post is visible. Please use the Report A Post icon located in the UPPER right hand corner of each posting if you wish to report a violation of our Community Guidelines. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of Cruise Critic Message Board Forums, nor Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message.
By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, are in violation of our Community Guidelines or otherwise violative of any laws.
Cruise Critic reserves to right to remove, edit, move or close any thread (discussion) for any reason from the forums without warning. or notification to the Community. Additionally, we also reserve the right to deny posting privileges to any member at our sole discretion.
You hereby grant Cruise Critic the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display any message posted in our message board community (in whole or in part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.
Our mission is to provide a haven on the Internet free of harassment and advertising for our community members' enjoyment. Any company or person(s) that interfere with that mission risk losing their posting privileges.
If you have any questions about how our community is moderated, please address them to our Community Manager via e-mail at email@example.com. Please do not post on the boards.