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.
Great little ride to the ruins.
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
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great tour guides, saved a bit from ship excursion rates.
Great tour guides, saved a bit from ship excursion rates.
Great tour guides, saved a bit from ship excursion rates. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We took a 1 hour drive to these ruins.
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
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
About an hour bus ride to ruins.
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
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
For me, this excursion never disappoints.
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
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Ricky was our tour guide.
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
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Ruins are INCREDIBLE, but at all wheelchair-friendly.
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
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excellent tour of the very interesting site.
Excellent tour of the very interesting site. Great day.
Excellent tour of the very interesting site. Great day. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Got a wonderful tour of the Mayan ruins and then we're taken to a resort area.
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
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Before the cruise, we reserved a spot on Native Choice's Chacchoben Ruins tour from Costa Maya.
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
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Jesus, was a tour guide.
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
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
We took the $3 shuttle to the downtown beach.
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
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Native Choice is located about a 15 minute walk from the port exit, it takes about another 10 to ...
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
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Great tour.
Great tour. We learned so much about the Mayans and the ruins.
Great tour. We learned so much about the Mayans and the ruins. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We selected the deluxe tour so our group was only 10 people.
We selected the deluxe tour so our group was only 10 people. It was very nice to have a guide that was so knowledgeable and our group was small enough to enable questions and answers. We could hear clearly and had lots of time to climb ... Read More
We selected the deluxe tour so our group was only 10 people. It was very nice to have a guide that was so knowledgeable and our group was small enough to enable questions and answers. We could hear clearly and had lots of time to climb the ruins and see what we wanted to. We were able to get there before the big groups so we were not hindered by the amount of others that were there. I would highly recommend the tour, and especially the deluxe version.. Well worth the money!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
So glad we took this excursion.
So glad we took this excursion. Tour guide was great and the ruins were amazing to see
So glad we took this excursion. Tour guide was great and the ruins were amazing to see Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great excursion; I`m glad that I booked this one.
Great excursion; I`m glad that I booked this one. The ruins are compact and an easy walk. The site has enought tree vegation to prevent one from being uncomfortable in the heat. Our guide (Maria ?) was of Mayan descent and was very ... Read More
Great excursion; I`m glad that I booked this one. The ruins are compact and an easy walk. The site has enought tree vegation to prevent one from being uncomfortable in the heat. Our guide (Maria ?) was of Mayan descent and was very knowledgable and informative. It is appearant to me that NCL shore expeditions have the more knowlegible and experienced guides. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Booked through Native Choice and it was amazing!
Booked through Native Choice and it was amazing! Hugo was a great guide and we saw the ruins, ate lunch at Balcalar lagoon.
Booked through Native Choice and it was amazing! Hugo was a great guide and we saw the ruins, ate lunch at Balcalar lagoon. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We loved our history explanation of the area from native choice!
We loved our history explanation of the area from native choice! The Chacchoben Mayan Ruins are amazing and we really enjoyed our Mayan lunch experience!
We loved our history explanation of the area from native choice! The Chacchoben Mayan Ruins are amazing and we really enjoyed our Mayan lunch experience! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
These ruins were very old dating back to 200-300 BC which was very fascinating.
These ruins were very old dating back to 200-300 BC which was very fascinating. They were located in the jungle and we were not only able to see and walk on some of the ruins, but we had a visit from quite a few spider monkeys as well! Our ... Read More
These ruins were very old dating back to 200-300 BC which was very fascinating. They were located in the jungle and we were not only able to see and walk on some of the ruins, but we had a visit from quite a few spider monkeys as well! Our guide, Diego, was very good at explaining the history and letting us explore. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Amazing day.
Amazing day. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. The amount of time at the ruins and at the lagoon was perfect. Air conditioned bus, small number of people in the tour. I highly recommended stopping for the pineapple on the way ... Read More
Amazing day. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. The amount of time at the ruins and at the lagoon was perfect. Air conditioned bus, small number of people in the tour. I highly recommended stopping for the pineapple on the way back to the ship. They sell it at roadside stands and it is delicious!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The walk to the Native Choice was a few blocks away.
The walk to the Native Choice was a few blocks away. It actually seemed like a much shorter walk then I was expecting based on the online description. There were people all over the place helping give directions. I was surprised that they ... Read More
The walk to the Native Choice was a few blocks away. It actually seemed like a much shorter walk then I was expecting based on the online description. There were people all over the place helping give directions. I was surprised that they were genuinely trying to help you get where you needed to go, as opposed to trying to sell you on a different trip. You can easily take a taxi here if needed. At Native Choice, we boarded a 15 passenger van with A/C. There was a driver and a tour guide who told us about the history of the area and answered questions the entire drive to the ruins. The drive took about an hour, but was on paved roads that were in good condition. The ruins were really cool to see. The tour guide provided a lot of information about the history of the ruins, which we honestly didn't care much about. We were very disappointed that we were only given 10 minutes to explore the ruins. We would much rather have had less information and more time exploring. After the ruins, we drove 20 minutes to a Mayan village. Here, we learned how to make tortillas and had an authentic Mayan meal. The meal was delicious and one of the best meals that I had on the trip. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Booked the deluxe tour, smaller group.
Booked the deluxe tour, smaller group. Guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
Booked the deluxe tour, smaller group. Guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We booked our excursion through Shore Excursions Group, since Royal Caribbean did not offer this ...
We booked our excursion through Shore Excursions Group, since Royal Caribbean did not offer this tour. We had no issues booking with a third party excursion group and Natives Choice was a very professional establishment. We thoroughly ... Read More
We booked our excursion through Shore Excursions Group, since Royal Caribbean did not offer this tour. We had no issues booking with a third party excursion group and Natives Choice was a very professional establishment. We thoroughly enjoyed the ruins and our tour guide Hugo was pleasant and very informative. We were intimidated by the 8 hour Talum ruins, so we opted for Chacchoben. It was a fantastic experience. The directions we clear, although getting out of the port authority was a little more difficult than we imagined. Just before you arrive at Natives Choice tours, you'll feel like "Maybe I shouldn't be walking down this street" but its there. I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Costa Maya. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Really pretty, amazing to see.
Really pretty, amazing to see. Guide was lame and paying for the "deluxe' tour was a sham.
Really pretty, amazing to see. Guide was lame and paying for the "deluxe' tour was a sham. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line