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.
I use a walker, and though the excursion advised against taking it if you had a mobility problem, ...
I use a walker, and though the excursion advised against taking it if you had a mobility problem, it was not really a problem until the guide climbed the wall and went to an upper level. He didn't explain that they would be gone ... Read More
I use a walker, and though the excursion advised against taking it if you had a mobility problem, it was not really a problem until the guide climbed the wall and went to an upper level. He didn't explain that they would be gone about 20 minutes, and would return to the same place, nor did he explain what they would be viewing at the upper level. So, when no one came back, I eventually was going to try to climb the wall with my walker. Fortunately, the group came back before I did something quite dangerous. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Felt safe and well organized - easy.
Felt safe and well organized - easy. But the driver left us to run some errands on his van. Guides had some disagreement since they only paid for spanish. We were told it would be 3 to 4 hours and to show us 6 or more pyramids. Guide ... Read More
Felt safe and well organized - easy. But the driver left us to run some errands on his van. Guides had some disagreement since they only paid for spanish. We were told it would be 3 to 4 hours and to show us 6 or more pyramids. Guide only said 20 to 30 mins, which was stark opposite. Still worth the visit. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Excellent tour - we got a real history of the Mayan people and some awesome pictures and souvenirs!
Excellent tour - we got a real history of the Mayan people and some awesome pictures and souvenirs!
Excellent tour - we got a real history of the Mayan people and some awesome pictures and souvenirs! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The ruins are awesome and worth the 40 minute (one-way) ride to the park.
The ruins are awesome and worth the 40 minute (one-way) ride to the park. It is amazing that these were built thousands of years ago and yet are so preserved. Be sure to catch these ruins. It is worth the visit!
The ruins are awesome and worth the 40 minute (one-way) ride to the park. It is amazing that these were built thousands of years ago and yet are so preserved. Be sure to catch these ruins. It is worth the visit! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This tour was OUTSTANDING!
This tour was OUTSTANDING! One of the best tours and best experiences I have ever had on a cruise vacation. Highly recommended. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes as it is very hot.
This tour was OUTSTANDING! One of the best tours and best experiences I have ever had on a cruise vacation. Highly recommended. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes as it is very hot. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Loved the tour and the guide.
Loved the tour and the guide. Very complete and prepared. Got some fantastic shots despite the poor lighting, weather.
Loved the tour and the guide. Very complete and prepared. Got some fantastic shots despite the poor lighting, weather. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Took the Chacchoben Experience Tour through Native Choice Tours.
Took the Chacchoben Experience Tour through Native Choice Tours. Ivan and Maria were amazing guides and made the ruins come to life with their stories. The food prepared by the native Mayan ladies was the best food I had on the entire ... Read More
Took the Chacchoben Experience Tour through Native Choice Tours. Ivan and Maria were amazing guides and made the ruins come to life with their stories. The food prepared by the native Mayan ladies was the best food I had on the entire cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
One hour bus ride, then two hour walking tour.
One hour bus ride, then two hour walking tour. Tour could have been one hour maximum. If you must see ruins, then try to book this tour outside the tourist ares where you can avoid a bus load of people and set your own pace.
One hour bus ride, then two hour walking tour. Tour could have been one hour maximum. If you must see ruins, then try to book this tour outside the tourist ares where you can avoid a bus load of people and set your own pace. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Tour guide was outstanding!
Tour guide was outstanding! Lots of History in Mexico
Tour guide was outstanding! Lots of History in Mexico Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Enjoyed the ruins and learning about the Mayan culture.
Enjoyed the ruins and learning about the Mayan culture. Our tour guide was very nice and informative. The bus ride to the ruins was on very comfortable buses and water was provided.
Enjoyed the ruins and learning about the Mayan culture. Our tour guide was very nice and informative. The bus ride to the ruins was on very comfortable buses and water was provided. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excellent, informative guide; impressive ruins.
Excellent, informative guide; impressive ruins. Back to the ship by lunch time.
Excellent, informative guide; impressive ruins. Back to the ship by lunch time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Lizbeth and our choffer showed us a great time during our tour.
Lizbeth and our choffer showed us a great time during our tour. Very knowledgeable about the Mayan's.
Lizbeth and our choffer showed us a great time during our tour. Very knowledgeable about the Mayan's. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This company was outstanding!
This company was outstanding! After taking hundreds of tours, the guide, David, was one of the very best. Full of information and exploration opportunities at the Mayan Ruins at Chacchoben.
This company was outstanding! After taking hundreds of tours, the guide, David, was one of the very best. Full of information and exploration opportunities at the Mayan Ruins at Chacchoben. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The kids loved this place.
The kids loved this place. Waterslides and ziplines!!! Elevators up to the waterslides!!!!!! The park was nearly empty. It was a ton of fun. There was a lot to do for all our kids (ages 1-14) Food set up was terrible and the water ... Read More
The kids loved this place. Waterslides and ziplines!!! Elevators up to the waterslides!!!!!! The park was nearly empty. It was a ton of fun. There was a lot to do for all our kids (ages 1-14) Food set up was terrible and the water looked dirty. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Wonderful, knowledgeable guide, who took us to the ruins, and provided excellent information.
Wonderful, knowledgeable guide, who took us to the ruins, and provided excellent information. Then went to Uvero beach to a private beach club for a wonderful buffet lunch and relaxing swim at the beach. Some seaweed in the water, but ... Read More
Wonderful, knowledgeable guide, who took us to the ruins, and provided excellent information. Then went to Uvero beach to a private beach club for a wonderful buffet lunch and relaxing swim at the beach. Some seaweed in the water, but overall a beautiful, clean beach. Unlimited drinks, including alcohol was an unexpected perk. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
THE BEST PART OF OUR CRUISE!
THE BEST PART OF OUR CRUISE! They took us into the village for an authentic Mayan lunch. Everything we ate came from her land with the exception of the rice since it is imported. Such a wonderful experience!
THE BEST PART OF OUR CRUISE! They took us into the village for an authentic Mayan lunch. Everything we ate came from her land with the exception of the rice since it is imported. Such a wonderful experience! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
More like Costa Ripoff.
More like Costa Ripoff. Mayan Ruins-- cool to see, but it is SO HOT and there is no shade. They packed us into a van and drove 45 minutes to the ruins, where we spent most of the 1 hour tour sweating buckets. Tour guide then called his ... Read More
More like Costa Ripoff. Mayan Ruins-- cool to see, but it is SO HOT and there is no shade. They packed us into a van and drove 45 minutes to the ruins, where we spent most of the 1 hour tour sweating buckets. Tour guide then called his buddies to tell them he was about to drop 12 tourists off at the beach. We were met by dozens of people trying to sell us everything from kayaks to lobsters. One man followed my boyfriend and I onto the beach, where he tried to sell us a free beach chair. The port area is nice, with a pool and small beach area. Leave your wallet on the ship-- everything was at least 4x the price of other ports. If I could do it again, I would not book an excursion here. I would stay in the port area for a few hours and then get back on the ship to enjoy the (hopefully) less crowded pools. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
David was very knowledgeable!!
David was very knowledgeable!!
David was very knowledgeable!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Booked privately through Native Choice.
Booked privately through Native Choice. Tour guide Diego was informative and interesting. Answered all our questions and made tour interesting for the grandchildren.
Booked privately through Native Choice. Tour guide Diego was informative and interesting. Answered all our questions and made tour interesting for the grandchildren. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
lots of walking, lots of different areas seen one at a time, with a history lesson at each one.
lots of walking, lots of different areas seen one at a time, with a history lesson at each one. cool stuff.
lots of walking, lots of different areas seen one at a time, with a history lesson at each one. cool stuff. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Best ruins I have seen of all the ones we have visited.
Best ruins I have seen of all the ones we have visited. Absolute must.
Best ruins I have seen of all the ones we have visited. Absolute must. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Amazing excursion for a great price!
Amazing excursion for a great price! Glad I booked off the ship!
Amazing excursion for a great price! Glad I booked off the ship! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great tour of the ruins.
Great tour of the ruins. Very nice bus as well as tour guide. Ended at a resort with a wonderful beach as well as very tasty lunch
Great tour of the ruins. Very nice bus as well as tour guide. Ended at a resort with a wonderful beach as well as very tasty lunch Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Costa Maya - (Side Note: Once you leave the ship there is a nice shopping area, with a pool and ...
Costa Maya - (Side Note: Once you leave the ship there is a nice shopping area, with a pool and sunbathing chairs at this port, had no idea that was going to be there. But we did not stay too long there, besides for some shopping after ... Read More
Costa Maya - (Side Note: Once you leave the ship there is a nice shopping area, with a pool and sunbathing chairs at this port, had no idea that was going to be there. But we did not stay too long there, besides for some shopping after our tour.) Found a tour operator through cruise critic website for a company called" Native Tours Costa Maya" you can google it, we booked through them because their reviews were so good on trip advisor! We booked the tour for the Chaccoben ruins and the blue lagoon tour (just checked the website, not sure they are offering this particular tour anymore sorry) Anyhow, you have to leave the port area and walk a bit outside of it to get to the tour headquarters, and it was the end of may in Mexico so it was hot. Took about 10-15 mins. But once we got there they had a man handing out waters while we waited for our tour bus to load, and got our wristbands. You have to drive for a bit, i believe it was about an hour, but its almost a straight shot there, then there is a little market area with local people selling touristy items before you see the ruins (beware they are more expensive than by the port) but you can always negotiate and they are pretty good about that. Toured the grounds of the ruins, and got to do so at our own pace, but our tour guide Rosa was awesome, she was very knowledgable and friendly! She would let us look around then tell us some info about the place. You get to see the big pyramid, and the area where they used to live, and two other smaller pyramids! Really cool! Someone from the company carries around cold waters while on the tour to hand out to us all during it, which was an amazing feature! I didn't see anyone from other groups getting ice cold water on that blazing hot day! Once we were done there, we took a short bus ride, to the blue lagoon (although we weren't sure where we were going because you turn down a dusty side road and that takes about 20 mins to get to the actual location) but once you get there! Holy cow, it's beautiful! We had lunch, which was amazing, it was a make your own taco sort of thing, rice and beans, that included drinks (beer, pina colada, and liquor i believe). Once you are done eating you go down to the water and hang out, they have kayaks and all types of things you can use for free, but we just hung out and took it easy. Not a lot of lounge chairs but enough for the amount of people that were there. The water was gorgeous and it was the perfect end to an amazing day. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line