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 had three great excursions on this trip, and this was the favorite for 3 of our 6 family members. Got on a nice comfortable bus with complimentary water - ride to Chacchoben is relatively boring scenery, but no complaints. Experience at Chacchoben was honestly a perfect mix of "guided" and "free walk" and everybody in my family agreed. Our guide (Lizbeth) was fantastic. It was really interesting and a great time for my whole family.
The drive was interesting. The site is not very interesting. There is not any activity around it. Steps are very steep to get up to top. Nothing really stands out. Should have chosen the longer tour at Kolunlich Tour
Costa Maya, Took the ships excursion to the Mayan Ruins, tour itself was good,guide was extremely knowledgeable,But he tried to sell us a variety of items, why we were traveling back and forth to the ruins 50 mins TACKY!! Score 25
Very accessible collection of Mayan ruins about a one-hour bus ride from port.
We had excellent guide who presented a very interesting account of the history of the Mayans and of the Chacchoben ruins. Great excursion
I booked a tour through "The Native Choice" to the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins. The ride to the ruins is almost an hour. We were in a comfortable van/bus and our guide (Edder) helped to pass the time quickly by giving us interesting information about the area. The ruins were impressive and Edder was very knowledgeable on the history of the Mayan culture. The kids were a little less enthusiastic and said it was like taking a school field trip. After the ruins we went to Bacalar Lagoon resort for lunch (included in the price) and swimming and kayaking. The food was delicious but the lagoon time was cut a bit short by a downpour that wouldn't quit. We headed back to the port and made it with time to spare so we could shop. This was a nice day, a little less adventurous than most of our excursions, but enjoyable.
This was definitely the highlight of the Cruise. I couldn't have been more pleased with our excursion experience with The Native Choice. The tour group size was very small and personable. Our guides name was Edder and he was fantastic. His English was very good and he was very informative regarding their culture and the history of the Mayan Ruins. I would highly recommend them!
Enjoyed seeing the ruins. The trip to the park was about 90 min, and the park was only a 45 min visit. Then on to a private beach for lunch, drinks and a chance to swim in the water. Very relaxing for a couple of hours, then back to the ship. Not a lot of time for extra shopping.
The port itself is just a port...the town of Costa Maya was hit by a hurricane a few years back and so there is literally nothing to do here if you don't book an excursion other than port shopping.
That being said, the Ruins tour was great! It's a bit of a ride out there, a little over an hour, but our tour guide was excellent on the bus and gave us tons of info before we got there. The site is partially restored and partially not, so you really get the sense of what nature does to it over time, as well as the restored buildings that give you a taste of what it was like in Mayan times.
This was a great excursion. You take a bus ride for about an hour. The tour guide, who was awesome and extremely knowledgeable, gave us a lot of information on the ride there, including a description of the general area. Once we arrived, we had about 2 hours or so at the ruins, which to me was about the perfect amount of time. The tour guide took us through the ruins and gave us plenty of time for pictures. There is one point where you can climb some of the ruins, or opt out to if you don't think you can handle the climb, but it was totally worth it. I heard one woman complaining that she was not able to "do stuff" like she wanted (which I interpreted to mean going off on her own and climbing everything), which I thought was pretty ridiculous. These ruins are thousands of years old. No, you can't just to climbing wherever you want. It's a guided tour. I will warn people that it's extremely hot and humid, but there was a lot of shade. Still, we were all dripping with sweat and happy to see the air conditioned bus at the end of the tour. Oh, and remember that bug spray! The mosquitoes are everywhere. My sister and her friend apparently did not realize that they can bite through clothes and got bit a good bit on their legs. Spray everywhere and you'll be fine. My mom and I (who grew up more around mosquitoes) did not get a single bite. Overall, I highly recommend this tour if you are looking to see some ruins.
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.
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