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 took the deluxe tour - which was a group of 10 vs.
We took the deluxe tour - which was a group of 10 vs. the big bus. It was so worth it! I enjoy a more intimate group. We had a knowledgeable guide, the bus was comfortable, and there was water, soft drinks, and beer provided!
We took the deluxe tour - which was a group of 10 vs. the big bus. It was so worth it! I enjoy a more intimate group. We had a knowledgeable guide, the bus was comfortable, and there was water, soft drinks, and beer provided! Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The “boxed” lunch is one slice each of ham and cheese sandwich on white bread with some ...
The “boxed” lunch is one slice each of ham and cheese sandwich on white bread with some chocolate cookie thing, and a bottle of water.
The “boxed” lunch is one slice each of ham and cheese sandwich on white bread with some chocolate cookie thing, and a bottle of water. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Oh my goodness, if you enjoy ruins and absorbing the history of the Mayans, you need to visit this ...
Oh my goodness, if you enjoy ruins and absorbing the history of the Mayans, you need to visit this absolutely breathtaking site. It's very well maintained and the company that took us were fabulous at explaining the site on our one ... Read More
Oh my goodness, if you enjoy ruins and absorbing the history of the Mayans, you need to visit this absolutely breathtaking site. It's very well maintained and the company that took us were fabulous at explaining the site on our one hour ride to get there. Brian brought pictures and maps and examples of things that were found on the site, and got everyone excited to get there. Arturro did a great job driving us, and we got there and back safely. we really enjoyed walking through the beautiful jungle, and seeing all of the ruins that have been reconstructed and put back in order. Some of the people with us even saw spider monkeys! But if you choose not to book an excursion, that's fine. The port area is wonderful and you could be happy spending the entire day there! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Our tour with Native Choice was fantastic.
Our tour with Native Choice was fantastic. But other than the port itself, there isn't much in town to do unless you take an excursion.
Our tour with Native Choice was fantastic. But other than the port itself, there isn't much in town to do unless you take an excursion. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Native choice are a couple of blocks - 10 min walk - from the port.
Native choice are a couple of blocks - 10 min walk - from the port. Quite safe. New and comfy AC mini buses with plenty of cold water available free. The guide - Gris - was amazing. We had a guided tour of the ruins and even saw some ... Read More
Native choice are a couple of blocks - 10 min walk - from the port. Quite safe. New and comfy AC mini buses with plenty of cold water available free. The guide - Gris - was amazing. We had a guided tour of the ruins and even saw some spider monkeys. We had a drive down a very long and bumpy road past pineapple plantations to arrive at an amazing resort. Felt so pampered! They provided a lovely vegetarian alternative to the included lunch and we had drinks, sun beds, kayaks at our disposal and all included. The dropped us off closer to the port. A lovely day. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable.
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. He was passionate about his job to educate us and he was fun to listen to. The ruins are interesting and make for great pictures. Also don’t miss the cat walk above the shopping that has swing ... Read More
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. He was passionate about his job to educate us and he was fun to listen to. The ruins are interesting and make for great pictures. Also don’t miss the cat walk above the shopping that has swing bridges connecting huts that had unusual birds that you could feed. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
This day we chose to do the Mayan Ruins tour.
This day we chose to do the Mayan Ruins tour. We met our excursion group inside the port area and got onto a big air conditioned shuttle. We had a tour guide during the 1 hour ride to the ruins telling us about the Mexican culture and ... Read More
This day we chose to do the Mayan Ruins tour. We met our excursion group inside the port area and got onto a big air conditioned shuttle. We had a tour guide during the 1 hour ride to the ruins telling us about the Mexican culture and about the Mayan history and calendar. There is not much to see during the drive as you are mostly on country roads with just fields on both sides. Upon arriving at the site there was a gift shop, snacks for purchase, and restrooms. During the tour our guide told us what the different sites were and gave plenty of time to look around for yourself and take photos. On the ride back to the port the tour guide was quiet which allowed some of us to take a nap since the tour ended around 11am. We then walked around the port area which had restaurants, a lot of shops, bars, and even a shallow pool. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great tour.
Great tour. You have a walk a little bit once you get out of the port area but only maybe 5-10 minutes MAX. It's still very safe so don't worry. The bus lost AC before our 2nd stop at the Lagoon but they replaced the bus with ... Read More
Great tour. You have a walk a little bit once you get out of the port area but only maybe 5-10 minutes MAX. It's still very safe so don't worry. The bus lost AC before our 2nd stop at the Lagoon but they replaced the bus with a nice cold one. Not their fault and they handled it well. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Lots of stairs..
Lots of stairs.. very educational.
Lots of stairs.. very educational. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We did the Chachobben Ruins exclusive drive excursion.
We did the Chachobben Ruins exclusive drive excursion. This was well worth the extra $15 we spent versus the normal Chachobben Ruins excursion, as we were the first ones to the site in a small (10 people) van. We had the run of the ruins ... Read More
We did the Chachobben Ruins exclusive drive excursion. This was well worth the extra $15 we spent versus the normal Chachobben Ruins excursion, as we were the first ones to the site in a small (10 people) van. We had the run of the ruins to ourselves with our guide, and were able to get some pictures without having to wait for lots of people to leave the picture. We also saw some spider monkeys that are less likely to hang around when lots of people are present and scare them off. We definitely recommend seeing them at least once FYI, we were stopped by federal police who were apparently looking for someone(s) outside the port. They didn’t cause a problem, but it was a bit disconcerting for those of us not familiar such issues. Our guide Priscella was great as was the driver, Raphael. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Many ruins and excellent guide.
Many ruins and excellent guide.
Many ruins and excellent guide. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Our excursion to Chacchoben Ruins was really great!
Our excursion to Chacchoben Ruins was really great! The tour guide was informative and gave us plenty of time to take pictures and explore. Highly recommend!
Our excursion to Chacchoben Ruins was really great! The tour guide was informative and gave us plenty of time to take pictures and explore. Highly recommend! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Very interesting tour.
Very interesting tour. Guide provided a lot of insight about the Mayan culture. Hard sell on some souvenirs.
Very interesting tour. Guide provided a lot of insight about the Mayan culture. Hard sell on some souvenirs. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was an excellent tour, booked through NCL.
This was an excellent tour, booked through NCL. While the tour was a bit crowded, there was plenty of room to get your own photos and some time to explore on your own.
This was an excellent tour, booked through NCL. While the tour was a bit crowded, there was plenty of room to get your own photos and some time to explore on your own. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Lorenzo and Miguel were great.
Lorenzo and Miguel were great. They were super detailed and made it very interactive. Our group ranged from teenage boys to seniors and every one enjoyed them. They were very good on supplying us with ice bottled waters and would turn up ... Read More
Lorenzo and Miguel were great. They were super detailed and made it very interactive. Our group ranged from teenage boys to seniors and every one enjoyed them. They were very good on supplying us with ice bottled waters and would turn up the air conditioner for us. We even got to make a pit stop to buy some local pineapple and mangoes. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Very good excursion.
Very good excursion. Small groups and very helpful staff. It was a very hot and muggy day and they always had cold bottled water for us. They took us to a private lagoon. They had tubes and kayak's for us to use at no charge. The ... Read More
Very good excursion. Small groups and very helpful staff. It was a very hot and muggy day and they always had cold bottled water for us. They took us to a private lagoon. They had tubes and kayak's for us to use at no charge. The food and drink are probably the best I had on the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excellent arrangements, very nice tour guide during our transportation to the site, fantastic ...
Excellent arrangements, very nice tour guide during our transportation to the site, fantastic energetic tour guide at the ruins and a very nice hand-off for transportation back to the ship. Very enjoyable excursion.
Excellent arrangements, very nice tour guide during our transportation to the site, fantastic energetic tour guide at the ruins and a very nice hand-off for transportation back to the ship. Very enjoyable excursion. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Costa Maya, Mexico I booked us a private excursion online with The Native Choice Tours because ...
Costa Maya, Mexico I booked us a private excursion online with The Native Choice Tours because they were going to the Chacchoben Ruins for a great price alone with the Seven Color Lagoon with food and drinks included with the price. We ... Read More
Costa Maya, Mexico I booked us a private excursion online with The Native Choice Tours because they were going to the Chacchoben Ruins for a great price alone with the Seven Color Lagoon with food and drinks included with the price. We were told the office was a short 4 block walk from the dock's gate but they didn't tell us that it was about 4 blocks from the ship to the gate. So we and a few other had quite a walk with taxis trying to pick us up. At least coming back they drop us off at the port gate. I'm a big history buff so when going to other countries I want to learn as much as I can about their culture, the people and history. Since I've been here before I wanted my friend to experience the Mayan Ruins. Our guide was nice and very informative but acted like a drill sergeant to keep us on schedule leaving little time to take pictures. He would try to embrasses anyone who fell behind even if it was just to take pictures. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The tour was great.
The tour was great. Maybe we were told somewhere in the literature, but I was unaware that the gift shop at the end of the tour only took cash. That would have been good to know.
The tour was great. Maybe we were told somewhere in the literature, but I was unaware that the gift shop at the end of the tour only took cash. That would have been good to know. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
One of the best excursions I have ever done!
One of the best excursions I have ever done!
One of the best excursions I have ever done! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great tour.
Great tour. Very informative and got great photos.
Great tour. Very informative and got great photos. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was very interesting excursion lots of history.
This was very interesting excursion lots of history. Tour guide was very informed saw monkeys in the trees which was cool. They had water and coke if we wanted it.
This was very interesting excursion lots of history. Tour guide was very informed saw monkeys in the trees which was cool. They had water and coke if we wanted it. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Our guide was hilarious and so well-spoken.
Our guide was hilarious and so well-spoken. The ruins were fascinating to behold and I highly recommend.
Our guide was hilarious and so well-spoken. The ruins were fascinating to behold and I highly recommend. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Guide was great gave us the history of the ruins and additional information.
Guide was great gave us the history of the ruins and additional information.
Guide was great gave us the history of the ruins and additional information. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Took the deluxe small group tour.
Took the deluxe small group tour. Great tour!
Took the deluxe small group tour. Great tour! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line