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.
Sail Date: January 2019
The ruins were extensive and well preserved. We were fortunate to have a guide who was quite knowledgeable so that made the tour even more enjoyable.
The ruins were extensive and well preserved. We were fortunate to have a guide who was quite knowledgeable so that made the tour even more enjoyable. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Sail Date: January 2019
4-5 hour tour we found online beforehand for half the price NCL was charging. The guide was funny and very informative about just about anything we could throw at her. We got the excursion that included stopping by a resort for a few hours ... Read More
4-5 hour tour we found online beforehand for half the price NCL was charging. The guide was funny and very informative about just about anything we could throw at her. We got the excursion that included stopping by a resort for a few hours too, which was nice and secluded. On the way back we stopped for fresh pineapple with chili peppers on it which was nice. The van was decent sized and air conditioned. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: January 2019
Lisbeth was our guide and she was informative and knowledgeable about the ruins. It was good because we took the small group tour (10 people) and she was able to have show and tell with us.
Lisbeth was our guide and she was informative and knowledgeable about the ruins. It was good because we took the small group tour (10 people) and she was able to have show and tell with us. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: January 2019
This is the best tour I've ever been on in Mexico. Our guide was mixed Mayan, and was more interested in answering our questions than in selling us something. This is rare. He knew a lot about the ruins and we really enjoyed the ... Read More
This is the best tour I've ever been on in Mexico. Our guide was mixed Mayan, and was more interested in answering our questions than in selling us something. This is rare. He knew a lot about the ruins and we really enjoyed the tour. The ruins themselves are not fully excavated, so you get to see what it looked like upon discovery. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: January 2019
The historical ruins were enhanced by one of the best guides we have ever had anywhere. His name was Luis. He was prepared with maps, documents and artifacts so the bus ride was educational and interesting. He continued with these ... Read More
The historical ruins were enhanced by one of the best guides we have ever had anywhere. His name was Luis. He was prepared with maps, documents and artifacts so the bus ride was educational and interesting. He continued with these during our exploration of the ruins. His "shell phone" was very effective keeping the group smoothly moving along. He even had examples of Mayan instruments and sports equipment. He made our day! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: January 2019
Small buses, interesting and passionate guide Lorenzo. But the port employees make everything so you don't exit the port by yourself to good to their booth.
Small buses, interesting and passionate guide Lorenzo. But the port employees make everything so you don't exit the port by yourself to good to their booth. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: December 2018
We booked a private tour of the Chacchoben Mayan ruins for this stop. The actual port was incredibly hard to get out. It is basically a waterside mall that was a labyrinth to get our of the port to meet our private guide. I would give ... Read More
We booked a private tour of the Chacchoben Mayan ruins for this stop. The actual port was incredibly hard to get out. It is basically a waterside mall that was a labyrinth to get our of the port to meet our private guide. I would give yourself at least 30 minutes to get out of the port if doing a private tour. Our tour was fantastic and after the ruins we went to a pineapple plantation which was interesting and tasty. Overall this was a great stop, I found the cruise terminal too commercial but once outside the gates I felt like our tour guide showed us the real Mexico. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Sail Date: December 2018
Would've given this a higher score, but the food provided by the tour company made a number of us sick.
Would've given this a higher score, but the food provided by the tour company made a number of us sick. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: December 2018
Took the Native Choice tour, which included a meal with a Mayan family descendant. It rained during the ruins tour, but we still enjoyed seeing the pyramids. The meal with the Mayan family is the real star of this tour. The meal was ... Read More
Took the Native Choice tour, which included a meal with a Mayan family descendant. It rained during the ruins tour, but we still enjoyed seeing the pyramids. The meal with the Mayan family is the real star of this tour. The meal was fantastic, and the hospitality of this Mayan family will never be forgotten. What a special experience!!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sail Date: December 2018
Great tour guide, interesting topic and history. Got crowded later in day so try to get on earlier bus. There was an older couple with homemade tostadas for sale where the busses parked and we saw bus driver eating there... so we bought ... Read More
Great tour guide, interesting topic and history. Got crowded later in day so try to get on earlier bus. There was an older couple with homemade tostadas for sale where the busses parked and we saw bus driver eating there... so we bought some and it was AMAZING. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: December 2018
The ruins were great, but our guide...hm...not so great. I would still recommend the tour. As soon as you leave the ship and get to the end of the pier, you'll see a ot of people holding signs to the Chacchoben. You form a line and ... Read More
The ruins were great, but our guide...hm...not so great. I would still recommend the tour. As soon as you leave the ship and get to the end of the pier, you'll see a ot of people holding signs to the Chacchoben. You form a line and they will take you to the buses - the process was super quick. You hop on the bus, sign a waiver and you're good to go. It's an hour drive to the ruins. The tour guide gives you information about the Mayans, the ruins and the language. When you arrive, you have around 1:30h to explore - some time with the guide and some time on your own. You can buy a souvenir if you want. Then, hop on the bus, take a nap and you're back to the port. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: December 2018
The bus ride in was a rolling info-mercial. The tour guide was heavy on over selling herself. The ruins were basically a re-stacked rock pile. Even the guide said they didn't know exactly what they had looked like. not worth the ... Read More
The bus ride in was a rolling info-mercial. The tour guide was heavy on over selling herself. The ruins were basically a re-stacked rock pile. Even the guide said they didn't know exactly what they had looked like. not worth the time, chose another activity. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: December 2018
Great little ride to the ruins. This was our shortest port and could have used extra time.
Great little ride to the ruins. This was our shortest port and could have used extra time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: December 2018
Great tour guides, saved a bit from ship excursion rates.
Great tour guides, saved a bit from ship excursion rates. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Sail Date: December 2018
We took a 1 hour drive to these ruins. The time did go very quickly. Safety is now a requirement on the tour buses. They are equipped with seat belts. You are offered water upon embarking the bus and the tour guide will give you a history ... Read More
We took a 1 hour drive to these ruins. The time did go very quickly. Safety is now a requirement on the tour buses. They are equipped with seat belts. You are offered water upon embarking the bus and the tour guide will give you a history of the Mayans and the area. At the ruins, we were led around with each uncovered formation explained. I enjoy the ruins immensely. This is my 5th ruin site. We were able to climb one of the temples. I did the climb even though I have knee issues (also not a young chick!). It wasn't too difficult as there were walls I could support myself going up and down. The view is awesome at the top! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: December 2018
About an hour bus ride to ruins. Very interesting and informative tour of Mayan ruins. Not much walking. Not allowed to walk very far up temples. Spent about 90 minutes at site.
About an hour bus ride to ruins. Very interesting and informative tour of Mayan ruins. Not much walking. Not allowed to walk very far up temples. Spent about 90 minutes at site. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: December 2018
For me, this excursion never disappoints. Where else can you still visit a ruin - climb steps that are centuries old?
For me, this excursion never disappoints. Where else can you still visit a ruin - climb steps that are centuries old? Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: December 2018
Ricky was our tour guide. This was a wonderful excursion. I learned alot, Ricky presented the information great. He was knowledgeable and friendly and very helpful. The bus ride to and from was pleasant. Bus was air conditioned and we were ... Read More
Ricky was our tour guide. This was a wonderful excursion. I learned alot, Ricky presented the information great. He was knowledgeable and friendly and very helpful. The bus ride to and from was pleasant. Bus was air conditioned and we were provided with snacks. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Sail Date: November 2018
Ruins are INCREDIBLE, but at all wheelchair-friendly. We struggled pushing grandma around. Unfortunately it poured rain the entire time we were at the Blue Lagoon; luckily there was a covered picnic area for lunch. The trip to the ruins ... Read More
Ruins are INCREDIBLE, but at all wheelchair-friendly. We struggled pushing grandma around. Unfortunately it poured rain the entire time we were at the Blue Lagoon; luckily there was a covered picnic area for lunch. The trip to the ruins was wonderful and worthwhile, but even in better weather I'm not sure how much value the Blue Lagoon added. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: November 2018
Got a wonderful tour of the Mayan ruins and then we're taken to a resort area. The food and drinks were of poor quality but overall it was a pretty good experience
Got a wonderful tour of the Mayan ruins and then we're taken to a resort area. The food and drinks were of poor quality but overall it was a pretty good experience Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: October 2018
Before the cruise, we reserved a spot on Native Choice's Chacchoben Ruins tour from Costa Maya. The deposit for two people was $30, and we paid the final $80 when we checked in at their tour office. The drive to the ruins was about an ... Read More
Before the cruise, we reserved a spot on Native Choice's Chacchoben Ruins tour from Costa Maya. The deposit for two people was $30, and we paid the final $80 when we checked in at their tour office. The drive to the ruins was about an hour. Our guide David made this tour amazing! He is very passionate about his job and did a great job answering all our questions. Plenty of bottled water was provided. I highly recommend this company! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sail Date: October 2018
Jesus, was a tour guide. He was very nice and informative about the Mayan Ruins. He is very passionate about the culture of the Mayans. I would recommend this excursion.
Jesus, was a tour guide. He was very nice and informative about the Mayan Ruins. He is very passionate about the culture of the Mayans. I would recommend this excursion. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Sail Date: October 2018
We took the $3 shuttle to the downtown beach. Once we got there we noticed that the women were all topless and it was a lot of partying. We decided to get a taxi from there to the ruins. We paid $20 per person (the ship wanted $120 per ... Read More
We took the $3 shuttle to the downtown beach. Once we got there we noticed that the women were all topless and it was a lot of partying. We decided to get a taxi from there to the ruins. We paid $20 per person (the ship wanted $120 per person), and had a great time! Our driver didn't speak much English, but luckily my husband is still pretty fluent from his college days. The ruins were incredible! Don't fall for the ship scam! Go out on your own to find transportation. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: September 2018
Native Choice is located about a 15 minute walk from the port exit, it takes about another 10 to get from the cruise ship to the exit. At the Native Choice office they check you in and put you on a mini-bus with others doing the same ... Read More
Native Choice is located about a 15 minute walk from the port exit, it takes about another 10 to get from the cruise ship to the exit. At the Native Choice office they check you in and put you on a mini-bus with others doing the same tour. From there it's about a 45 minute ride to Chacchoben. We did the two hour tour and were taking around by a Native Choice guide. The tour does require walking, and the steps throughout the complex are rather high, it is not a tour for somebody who has trouble going uphill. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International