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.
We booked the deluxe tour which was well worth the extra money. Our tour guide, Daniel, was outstanding. Being Mayan himself he was able to share the incredible culture and traditions of the Mayan people. He had vast knowledge and expertise and was excited to share the beauty of his people and ruins we explored.
Hoped off boat and walked to Toucan Tour office to book the tour to the ruins. Enjoyed by all of us ages 65 to 9. It was really impressive and informative. Lots of trees there too for shade so didnt get too hot. Tour then dropped us back at the ship or
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.
We were able to visit Chccchoben withn a small group and it made all the difference. Our guide was a local descendent of Mayans. He was excited and honored to share the history of his poeple with us. He made the tour "come alive". The Ruins themselves are very impressive. If you have a chance, go with a small group and take the time to appereciate the people and the space.
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.
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