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.
This was definitely the highlight of the Cruise. I couldn't have been more pleased with our excursion experience with The Native Choice. The tour group size was very small and personable. Our guides name was Edder and he was fantastic. His English was very good and he was very informative regarding their culture and the history of the Mayan Ruins. I would highly recommend them!
Enjoyed seeing the ruins. The trip to the park was about 90 min, and the park was only a 45 min visit. Then on to a private beach for lunch, drinks and a chance to swim in the water. Very relaxing for a couple of hours, then back to the ship. Not a lot of time for extra shopping.
The port itself is just a port...the town of Costa Maya was hit by a hurricane a few years back and so there is literally nothing to do here if you don't book an excursion other than port shopping.
That being said, the Ruins tour was great! It's a bit of a ride out there, a little over an hour, but our tour guide was excellent on the bus and gave us tons of info before we got there. The site is partially restored and partially not, so you really get the sense of what nature does to it over time, as well as the restored buildings that give you a taste of what it was like in Mayan times.
This was a great excursion. You take a bus ride for about an hour. The tour guide, who was awesome and extremely knowledgeable, gave us a lot of information on the ride there, including a description of the general area. Once we arrived, we had about 2 hours or so at the ruins, which to me was about the perfect amount of time. The tour guide took us through the ruins and gave us plenty of time for pictures. There is one point where you can climb some of the ruins, or opt out to if you don't think you can handle the climb, but it was totally worth it. I heard one woman complaining that she was not able to "do stuff" like she wanted (which I interpreted to mean going off on her own and climbing everything), which I thought was pretty ridiculous. These ruins are thousands of years old. No, you can't just to climbing wherever you want. It's a guided tour. I will warn people that it's extremely hot and humid, but there was a lot of shade. Still, we were all dripping with sweat and happy to see the air conditioned bus at the end of the tour. Oh, and remember that bug spray! The mosquitoes are everywhere. My sister and her friend apparently did not realize that they can bite through clothes and got bit a good bit on their legs. Spray everywhere and you'll be fine. My mom and I (who grew up more around mosquitoes) did not get a single bite. Overall, I highly recommend this tour if you are looking to see some ruins.
We booked the deluxe tour which was well worth the extra money. Our tour guide, Daniel, was outstanding. Being Mayan himself he was able to share the incredible culture and traditions of the Mayan people. He had vast knowledge and expertise and was excited to share the beauty of his people and ruins we explored.
Hoped off boat and walked to Toucan Tour office to book the tour to the ruins. Enjoyed by all of us ages 65 to 9. It was really impressive and informative. Lots of trees there too for shade so didnt get too hot. Tour then dropped us back at the ship or
A/C ride for 50 minutes with great narration by Diego of customs, some history and today's natives. The ruins are impressive to walk on and around. We also visited a Mayan village family nearby. We learned of customs, homes, plants used for beauty, cooking, medicinal uses as well as several local dances performed. The Mayan based lunch meal was delicious with variety, etc. We would give this a #1 priority to anyone. We learned two Mayan words: Junbotek and Malo Keen... ask what they mean when you arrive.
We were able to visit Chccchoben withn a small group and it made all the difference. Our guide was a local descendent of Mayans. He was excited and honored to share the history of his poeple with us. He made the tour "come alive". The Ruins themselves are very impressive. If you have a chance, go with a small group and take the time to appereciate the people and the space.
This was an excellent tour of the ruins and a great guide and driver. The vans were all virtually new maxi van types and with bottled water for all. Very interesting and reasonable compared to the ones offered by Oceania. our guide was Mayan himself and very knowledgeable about the Mayan culture therefore. we were able to see up close some great examples of Mayan architecture and sites used for various ceremonial events.
On the return trip to Costa Maya and our ship, the driver stopped to allow those who wanted to buy some fresh sliced locally grown pineapple! Oh, it was so sweet you could even eat the core!
The ride there was 55 minutes each way. Take car seats for small children as they will use them!
The walk is very uneven and I had to constantly look down to make sure of my footing. I waited for the others on a bench while they climbed the steps (many of them) and still felt I got my money's worth from the experience.
Very informative! Great history lesson as well as exploring. Our guide was Diana and she was wonderful. Answered every question. Great for kids and adults.. adults got to learn a bit about the culture and kids loved climbing all over the ruins.
Tour guide "Gerry" was fantastic and provided a lot of interesting details regarding the area, culture, history... He made the bus trip there and back fun and very informative. The motor coach seemed safe and was quite comfortable. Ruins were very impressive - a must see!
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