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.
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
Wonderful tour.
Wonderful tour. Mayan history is captivating. Tour guide well informed.
Wonderful tour. Mayan history is captivating. Tour guide well informed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
We did this tour while visiting Costa Maya on our Christmas Cruise and it was fantastic.
We did this tour while visiting Costa Maya on our Christmas Cruise and it was fantastic. We paid $100 directly through their company, which was $120 cheaper than we would have paid for something similar through the cruise ship. Plus we ... Read More
We did this tour while visiting Costa Maya on our Christmas Cruise and it was fantastic. We paid $100 directly through their company, which was $120 cheaper than we would have paid for something similar through the cruise ship. Plus we were on a much smaller bus than we would have been which allowed for a more personal tour and the ability to go to a beach resort on a lagoon that is inaccessible by larger buses. At the resort we were given a delicious taco lunch and all we could drink soft drinks, margaritas and beers. Afterwards we could use the kayaks, lay in a hammock or pay $15 for a 20 minute massage (which we did and was so worth it). Our tour guide was Casey and she was funny, knowledgeable, and attentive to ensuring we made it back with plenty of time to get on our cruise ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
the Chacchoben mayan ruins tour was good-our guide could have been more informative regarding the ...
the Chacchoben mayan ruins tour was good-our guide could have been more informative regarding the ruins. the site was clean and well preserved. the beach break was not worth the up cost. the drive to the beach ate up most of our day. ... Read More
the Chacchoben mayan ruins tour was good-our guide could have been more informative regarding the ruins. the site was clean and well preserved. the beach break was not worth the up cost. the drive to the beach ate up most of our day. the beach was full of trash outside of the limits of the property. I mean more plastic washed up on shore than I have ever encountered-we stepped over a disposable razor and called attention to the attendant to pick it up. I found myself picking up plastic trash during my walk as I could not leave it to wash back out to see. perhaps if they want tourists to continue to visit cleaning up the perimeter would be helpful it was traumatic to see what we are doing to our Earth-that was our take home message from this excursion. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Took a "deluxe" version, though we can not figure out what supposedly made it deluxe.
Took a "deluxe" version, though we can not figure out what supposedly made it deluxe. Missed a few photo opportunities as too many groups were brought to the ruins at the same time. Excellent guide and driver.
Took a "deluxe" version, though we can not figure out what supposedly made it deluxe. Missed a few photo opportunities as too many groups were brought to the ruins at the same time. Excellent guide and driver. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Talented and knowledgeable tour guides at Native Choice Tours.
Talented and knowledgeable tour guides at Native Choice Tours. David gave us an amazing tour at the ruins. We really got a feel for Mayan life 2000 years ago! And we saw monkeys in the trees! We'd hoped to take their Extreme ... Read More
Talented and knowledgeable tour guides at Native Choice Tours. David gave us an amazing tour at the ruins. We really got a feel for Mayan life 2000 years ago! And we saw monkeys in the trees! We'd hoped to take their Extreme Chacchoben tour, but ship was late docking so we had only time for the ruins. On a big comfortable bus with about 40 folks instead of the smaller van we'd hoped for. The AC worked well, but the speaker was too static-y to understand David. He kindly came back to the rear of the bus and repeated his presentation. But the speaker issue should be addressed. Overall, the company is very professional and conscious of time issues. We were back to the ship in plenty of time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Their bus was clean, comfortable, and air conditioned, but it took a bit of a walk to get to their ...
Their bus was clean, comfortable, and air conditioned, but it took a bit of a walk to get to their facility from the cruise port. Their prices were about half what the ship charged. The guide was passionate and knowledgeable, and he had ... Read More
Their bus was clean, comfortable, and air conditioned, but it took a bit of a walk to get to their facility from the cruise port. Their prices were about half what the ship charged. The guide was passionate and knowledgeable, and he had a good sense of humor. The driver was excellent as well. The site was very crowded, though, because there were 3 large ships in port. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Wonderful and knowledgable guide.
Wonderful and knowledgable guide. Great excursion for anyone who loves ancient ruins.
Wonderful and knowledgable guide. Great excursion for anyone who loves ancient ruins. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Fantastic, we had a great tour guide Ivan.
Fantastic, we had a great tour guide Ivan. He was extremely informative, his knowledge of the area, culture and history was amazing. He was very proud of his heritage and answered every question.
Fantastic, we had a great tour guide Ivan. He was extremely informative, his knowledge of the area, culture and history was amazing. He was very proud of his heritage and answered every question. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Very knowledgeable & friendly guide.
Very knowledgeable & friendly guide. We did a "deluxe" tour so we were in a smaller van, not a large tour bus - much preferred. Didn't allow for much time at the end for gift shop.
Very knowledgeable & friendly guide. We did a "deluxe" tour so we were in a smaller van, not a large tour bus - much preferred. Didn't allow for much time at the end for gift shop. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
50 minute drive in a very nice new bus.
50 minute drive in a very nice new bus. Guide was super friendly and knowledgeable. No mosquitos at all. This was a cool day in Dec.
50 minute drive in a very nice new bus. Guide was super friendly and knowledgeable. No mosquitos at all. This was a cool day in Dec. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This was one of the nicest ruins visited...bus ride through the island was nice, took about an hour ...
This was one of the nicest ruins visited...bus ride through the island was nice, took about an hour to the ruins, then an other hour and a half to private beach for lunch...
This was one of the nicest ruins visited...bus ride through the island was nice, took about an hour to the ruins, then an other hour and a half to private beach for lunch... Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Unlike other ruins tours that take a lifetime on a bus to get there, the bus ride is about an hour.
Unlike other ruins tours that take a lifetime on a bus to get there, the bus ride is about an hour. The ruins are very cool and there's a number than you can climb on for great pics. There were about 30-people on our tour and we ... Read More
Unlike other ruins tours that take a lifetime on a bus to get there, the bus ride is about an hour. The ruins are very cool and there's a number than you can climb on for great pics. There were about 30-people on our tour and we were pretty much alone. That made for some awesome pics of my fam standing alone on and amongs the ruins. The tour guide was always very knowledgeable about the Mayan culture and the ruins. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Native Choice Tours, and our guide Hugo, were great.
Native Choice Tours, and our guide Hugo, were great. Learned a lot of history about the Mayan culture as well as details about the local rain forest and wild life.
Native Choice Tours, and our guide Hugo, were great. Learned a lot of history about the Mayan culture as well as details about the local rain forest and wild life. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Tour guide was knowledgeable and helpful.
Tour guide was knowledgeable and helpful. Spouse had trouble climbing and area and he and the driver assisted him.
Tour guide was knowledgeable and helpful. Spouse had trouble climbing and area and he and the driver assisted him. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Combo ruins/beach tour.
Combo ruins/beach tour. Bus ride was long and tour guide was hard to understand. Ruins were pretty cool. Beach was HORRIBLE. Sea grass and mud. I will swim in almost anything and even I didn't like it; the family hated it.
Combo ruins/beach tour. Bus ride was long and tour guide was hard to understand. Ruins were pretty cool. Beach was HORRIBLE. Sea grass and mud. I will swim in almost anything and even I didn't like it; the family hated it. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Good execution to a none crowded Mayan ruin that is accessible in a few hours off the ship.
Good execution to a none crowded Mayan ruin that is accessible in a few hours off the ship.
Good execution to a none crowded Mayan ruin that is accessible in a few hours off the ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Very worthwhile trip to a more recently excavated Mayan city site.
Very worthwhile trip to a more recently excavated Mayan city site. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about Mayan history and culture and we had an opportunity to scale the side of a pyramid. The bus ride was comfortable.
Very worthwhile trip to a more recently excavated Mayan city site. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about Mayan history and culture and we had an opportunity to scale the side of a pyramid. The bus ride was comfortable. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We had a lovely time.
We had a lovely time. Our guide Yam was friendly, comedic and informative. We learned some about the local history and spent some time exploring the ruins.
We had a lovely time. Our guide Yam was friendly, comedic and informative. We learned some about the local history and spent some time exploring the ruins. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Again, I have been here before, but my adult son had never seen the ruins.
Again, I have been here before, but my adult son had never seen the ruins. The drive was an hour, but went quickly because of our tour guide. Always takes my breath away! Bug repellent is a must, so purchase some before you leave or you ... Read More
Again, I have been here before, but my adult son had never seen the ruins. The drive was an hour, but went quickly because of our tour guide. Always takes my breath away! Bug repellent is a must, so purchase some before you leave or you can buy it at the ruins. Lots of biting flies and mosquitoes. For me, the best part was the monkeys up in the tree tops tossing leaves, twigs, and tiny coconuts down on us in one area. Laughed so hard! The temples are amazing. The flora was different and very interesting to learn about. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line