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.
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.
We did the deluxe package and others in our group did the regular. We were the first van there and they were the first bus (10 minutes later). Truthfully, so long as you are there within the first half hour or so, it really doesn’t matter if you do the deluxe or regular. We got there when no one else was there and have some really cool pictures. When we were leaving however, we could see the crowds forming and by then all of our pics would have been flooded with tourists. You can climb on some of the ruins, but you cannot go all the way to the top. You can go about 10 feet up on most of them. Some of the ruins were elevated courtyards that actually required some light climbing to even get to. The site is very nice (some spider monkeys were jumping around in the trees) and our guide was very knowledgeable and very passionate about the Mayan culture. I would recommend this tour. I know people who have now done this one and the Tulum ruin and they said this one was better. This is in the jungle and has a lot of tree covered areas (perhaps this could lead to mosquito issues in certain months) whereas I understand Tulum is far more wide open and takes all day. We were back from this excursion by about 12:30.
This was our first time in Costa Maya. We took the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins and had a great time. Compared to Chichen Itza, these were smaller, but much less crowded and much more accessible. Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The trip was exactly what we expected and wanted.
Stay clear off Toucan Tours. 1)Our guide’s English skills were very poor. This sucks since part of the experience is to learn about the history of the site. 2)The guide include an explanation of a killer tree which is very offensive towards women. 3)The guide asks everyone in the excursion to pay $1 as a donation to the local Mayan community which is not included in the price of the excursion. This is not true. I know Spanish and overheard the tour guides talking about how they would use this money to pay for part of the entrance fee to the ruins. 4)The tour guide on our way back had a cold and coughed without covering his mouth. I got sick the day after with a cold. 5) The drinks that were “included” did not have alcohol, even though they were supposed to and I complained to the server. 6) The food was cheap but not bad. However, it is obvious that they want to get you there so that they can upsell. This was an overall bad experience. I would not recommend this tour service to anyone.
Perfect tour! A must see for everyone. Costa Maya is a hidden [paradise. Great food, ruins toured were very nice. Always felt safe. The beach is SO clean and nice with great food buffet of typical food and free drinks. Service is exceptional.
Chacchoben was excellent. Our Guide was fantastic. The busses we Mercede's with air conditioning, not beat up vans like in Belize. The beach buffet was also very nice. We say monkeys in the Mayan Ruins as well. Our favourite day of the cruise!
Luis Torres was the best tour guide we have ever encountered. His vast knowledge, teaching aids and professionalism helped us appreciated the Mayan culture more than any college class could have. Try to get on his bus.
The trip to the ruins and back was about 50 minutes each way from the port compound. It was as expected, I would remember inset repellent. We had an added stop billed as an all inclusive beach stop. This portion was not what I expected as our van pulled into a lot in the village with other vans. The lot seemed in a run down area but we were directed to wood tables with canoipies across from the main beach road. Many locals were there and we were visited by many vendors which all took no politely. It had a much more local feel that your more classic resort all inclusive
We did the excursion that says Exclusive Drive. We were on a van with only 11 people as opposed to a huge tour bus with lots more. Pablo E was our guide and he was terrific. So excited about what he does. We were very comfortable for the 50 min drive. The ruins are fantastic! Didn't feel crowded and we got great pictures. My 16yo and 21yo said this was the highlight of the trip.
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