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've used Shore Trips on other cruises and they are always excellent.
We've used Shore Trips on other cruises and they are always excellent. You walk to their office from the pier and even at a casual pace you can make the trip in 20 minutes. Once there the staff is incredibly helpful. You get water and ... Read More
We've used Shore Trips on other cruises and they are always excellent. You walk to their office from the pier and even at a casual pace you can make the trip in 20 minutes. Once there the staff is incredibly helpful. You get water and you're checked in fast. Comfortable bus takes you to the ruins - an hour trip but worth it. The ruins are fascinating. Our excursion included a side trip to Seven Color Lagoon which was even more amazing than the ruins. A 20 minute trip takes you to the Lagoon which is basically a private resort. Including our group there were maybe 20 people enjoying the lagoon. Lunch provided was one of the best of the week. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Great Mayan ruins!!!
Great Mayan ruins!!! Great guide and nice, clean buses!!! It is HOT but history is rich and you can touch it.
Great Mayan ruins!!! Great guide and nice, clean buses!!! It is HOT but history is rich and you can touch it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Fantastic tour.
Fantastic tour. Family friendly, informative, and a highlight of our trip. Short walk to the office, but everything after that was taking care of. Air conditioned bus, plenty of water bottles, and we made it back to the port with lots of ... Read More
Fantastic tour. Family friendly, informative, and a highlight of our trip. Short walk to the office, but everything after that was taking care of. Air conditioned bus, plenty of water bottles, and we made it back to the port with lots of time to spare. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Touristy port shops/restaurants, but enough local culture to make it feel authentic.
Touristy port shops/restaurants, but enough local culture to make it feel authentic. Friends had a great time at Majahual town and beach, which are even more local. Mayan ruins were excellent, and our guide was very informative.
Touristy port shops/restaurants, but enough local culture to make it feel authentic. Friends had a great time at Majahual town and beach, which are even more local. Mayan ruins were excellent, and our guide was very informative. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Went to the ruins and had guide on bus ride to ruins then guided tour in ruins, tour guides were ...
Went to the ruins and had guide on bus ride to ruins then guided tour in ruins, tour guides were great.. Then we went to a mayan village and had local lunch. Learned how to make our own tortillas . It was fun and food was deliscious.
Went to the ruins and had guide on bus ride to ruins then guided tour in ruins, tour guides were great.. Then we went to a mayan village and had local lunch. Learned how to make our own tortillas . It was fun and food was deliscious. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The experience was amazing.
The experience was amazing. Booking through Island Marketing Ltd you get an informative ride to the Ruins with a quick stop at a butterfly sanctuary. At the Ruins you get a very well researched history and get to view the ruins. On the way ... Read More
The experience was amazing. Booking through Island Marketing Ltd you get an informative ride to the Ruins with a quick stop at a butterfly sanctuary. At the Ruins you get a very well researched history and get to view the ruins. On the way back the driver stops at a pineapple stand and you get to taste the most delicious moist fruit and you MUST try the chile pepper. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very cool - HOWEVER you can walk out of the gates to street and get the same experience for $8 per ...
Very cool - HOWEVER you can walk out of the gates to street and get the same experience for $8 per person. The drive takes about an hour but you don't need any tour guide once you get there. It is pretty self explanatory. We bought ... Read More
Very cool - HOWEVER you can walk out of the gates to street and get the same experience for $8 per person. The drive takes about an hour but you don't need any tour guide once you get there. It is pretty self explanatory. We bought our package when we got off the ship through the cruise line. THey gave us ONE adult for free (savings of $80) so do not buy this on the ship. Either buy it when you get off or from the street taxis! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
It was a little confusing where to exit the port area and then to find the building to meet at for ...
It was a little confusing where to exit the port area and then to find the building to meet at for the excursion. There were locals there which were helpful in giving directions. Our guides were friendly and were knowledgeable. Great time ... Read More
It was a little confusing where to exit the port area and then to find the building to meet at for the excursion. There were locals there which were helpful in giving directions. Our guides were friendly and were knowledgeable. Great time was had. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
For history buffs it is a pretty cool experience to see the ruins and even the kids found the ...
For history buffs it is a pretty cool experience to see the ruins and even the kids found the ancient buildings fascinating. It does take an hour long bus ride to reach the ruins.
For history buffs it is a pretty cool experience to see the ruins and even the kids found the ancient buildings fascinating. It does take an hour long bus ride to reach the ruins. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Tucan Tours is about 200 yards beyond the port gates.
Tucan Tours is about 200 yards beyond the port gates. One of our group of 4 did not go and they gave me a refund for his fee right there! We boarded a new airconditioned van with 8 other passengers. They provided ice cold water for us and ... Read More
Tucan Tours is about 200 yards beyond the port gates. One of our group of 4 did not go and they gave me a refund for his fee right there! We boarded a new airconditioned van with 8 other passengers. They provided ice cold water for us and the driver bought pineapple slices for everyone ! He also took 3 of us to the beach and for some shopping in town after we returned to the port and unloaded the other passengers. The Chacchoben Mayan Ruins and amazing and you can climb them. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Took the deluxe tour which meant we were a group of 12 in a brand new mini-van versus a huge crowd ...
Took the deluxe tour which meant we were a group of 12 in a brand new mini-van versus a huge crowd in a coach. On return trip guide bought some local candy for us to try plus served water, pop or beer (we had the beer). Nice touch. Our ... Read More
Took the deluxe tour which meant we were a group of 12 in a brand new mini-van versus a huge crowd in a coach. On return trip guide bought some local candy for us to try plus served water, pop or beer (we had the beer). Nice touch. Our guide was great - knowledgeable, personable, adjusted the pace to the group. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins From the Costa Maya port, our bus and tour guide took us to the Chacchoben ...
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins From the Costa Maya port, our bus and tour guide took us to the Chacchoben Mayan ruins, about an hour away. Our tour guide was Alexandro, also known as Alex. He was good, but not as interesting or informative as ... Read More
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins From the Costa Maya port, our bus and tour guide took us to the Chacchoben Mayan ruins, about an hour away. Our tour guide was Alexandro, also known as Alex. He was good, but not as interesting or informative as some I have had. The ruins were grand and impressive, but not that large. The oyramids were roped off, so you could not climb above the 4th step. There are three main pyramids here, and a large courtyard connecting them together, but not much else. The ruins are partially shaded, but the pyramids themselves are open to sun. There are also several souvenir shops and restrooms at the site entrance. It was somewhat crowded, as there were about 5 or 6 tour busses full of people here. I had considered taking the deluxe tour with a smaller group, and now see its advantages. Maybe I will do that next time. Our tour returned to the Costa Maya port. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
As a history lover, I enjoyed this very much.
As a history lover, I enjoyed this very much. Weather was great. Our guide Diana Garcia was very informative.
As a history lover, I enjoyed this very much. Weather was great. Our guide Diana Garcia was very informative. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
During a comfortable 1 hour ride to the ruins, our guide gave us a highly educational lecture on ...
During a comfortable 1 hour ride to the ruins, our guide gave us a highly educational lecture on Mayan culture and history. The ruins were amazing. I wished that we could have climbed the pyramids, but preservation is more important. I ... Read More
During a comfortable 1 hour ride to the ruins, our guide gave us a highly educational lecture on Mayan culture and history. The ruins were amazing. I wished that we could have climbed the pyramids, but preservation is more important. I am thankful to have seen this glimpse of history. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Native Choice did an EXCELLENT job, their guides are friendly and knowledgeable, and the ruins are ...
Native Choice did an EXCELLENT job, their guides are friendly and knowledgeable, and the ruins are quiet and not overrun by tourists. Highly recommend this excursion and the tour company - a better experience at half the cruise line's ... Read More
Native Choice did an EXCELLENT job, their guides are friendly and knowledgeable, and the ruins are quiet and not overrun by tourists. Highly recommend this excursion and the tour company - a better experience at half the cruise line's price. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Took a taxi to their office.
Took a taxi to their office. Nice bus/van transportation. Deigo was a great guide. Mosquitoes were not a problem in February. Lunch at private resort and swimming in a fresh water lagoon.
Took a taxi to their office. Nice bus/van transportation. Deigo was a great guide. Mosquitoes were not a problem in February. Lunch at private resort and swimming in a fresh water lagoon. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Native Choice did an excellent job and Erick was a fabulous guide - we highly recommend them!
Native Choice did an excellent job and Erick was a fabulous guide - we highly recommend them!
Native Choice did an excellent job and Erick was a fabulous guide - we highly recommend them! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Beautiful Mayan ruins and our guide was very informative - we saw several wild monkeys, climbed ...
Beautiful Mayan ruins and our guide was very informative - we saw several wild monkeys, climbed some of the temples (as high as you're allowed to go), ate plantain chips, and enjoyed learning about the Mayan civilization. The bus ride ... Read More
Beautiful Mayan ruins and our guide was very informative - we saw several wild monkeys, climbed some of the temples (as high as you're allowed to go), ate plantain chips, and enjoyed learning about the Mayan civilization. The bus ride is about 45 minutes which was a great way to see the countryside surrounding Costa Maya. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The Native Choice guide was highly informative and brought a special love for the area.
The Native Choice guide was highly informative and brought a special love for the area. Being in a small group of only 12 was a big bonus vs the bus loads from the RC tour - it was also a lot cheaper.
The Native Choice guide was highly informative and brought a special love for the area. Being in a small group of only 12 was a big bonus vs the bus loads from the RC tour - it was also a lot cheaper. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Very informative excursion and a nice walk around the ruins.
Very informative excursion and a nice walk around the ruins. About an hour ride out to the ruins on a straight highway.
Very informative excursion and a nice walk around the ruins. About an hour ride out to the ruins on a straight highway. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Super comfortable bus.
Super comfortable bus. They gave everyone a bottle of water when we got on. The guide was knowledgeable and a very nice person. The ruins were fascinating. We had fun walking around and climbing, but not too high up.
Super comfortable bus. They gave everyone a bottle of water when we got on. The guide was knowledgeable and a very nice person. The ruins were fascinating. We had fun walking around and climbing, but not too high up. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Twelve cruisers in total on tour with an informative and entertaining guide who maintained friendly ...
Twelve cruisers in total on tour with an informative and entertaining guide who maintained friendly patter the entire way there. Ruins were impressive and we were allowed to move at a much more leisurely pace than the other groups. Guide ... Read More
Twelve cruisers in total on tour with an informative and entertaining guide who maintained friendly patter the entire way there. Ruins were impressive and we were allowed to move at a much more leisurely pace than the other groups. Guide took several photos for the clients. We went to a Mayan village were we had lunch al fresco at a family's home. We learned a great deal about the culture and even took turns making tortillas, which is order than you might think. On the way back, most of the cruisers fell asleep. We were dropped off a block from our ship. Would recommend. This port was also very friendly. I asked several people if I was walking in the right direction & they not only answered me, but a few walked a little bit with me to help me find The Native Choice offices when we arrived. There's a huge shopping complex right off from where the ships are moored, too. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The guides went out of their way to meet our needs.
The guides went out of their way to meet our needs. After the guided tour of the ruins, we went to a resort on a lagoon for lunch with drinks included for the 1.5 hours. Swam, kayaked, had a massage ($20/20 min), and relaxed with more ... Read More
The guides went out of their way to meet our needs. After the guided tour of the ruins, we went to a resort on a lagoon for lunch with drinks included for the 1.5 hours. Swam, kayaked, had a massage ($20/20 min), and relaxed with more drinks being served. Excellent choice! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Excellent guide; Kasi and driver Rito.
Excellent guide; Kasi and driver Rito. Extremely educated and well spoken native guide giving extensive historical notes regarding the site and influence on the people then and now.
Excellent guide; Kasi and driver Rito. Extremely educated and well spoken native guide giving extensive historical notes regarding the site and influence on the people then and now. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Interesting ruins, but being overrun by a multi-thousand pax Disney tour is not a good experience.
Interesting ruins, but being overrun by a multi-thousand pax Disney tour is not a good experience.
Interesting ruins, but being overrun by a multi-thousand pax Disney tour is not a good experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises