5 StarsYayan Family experienceJuly 16, 2018

Reviewer: James Cant
Our family and grandchildren recenty did the Mayan Experience. All aspects of the excursion were great. The van was clean, group size was small and the ruins tour was educational and fun. The lunch and food preperation was an added extra. The experience was fun and the food and service very good. We had a great time.

5 StarsGreat timeApril 30, 2018

Reviewer: Charles Tucker
Highly recommend this excursion if you're interested in seeing the Mayan ruins and getting a little taste of the culture. Our guide was outstanding, very informative, and the trip to the Mayan house for lunch was terrific.

5 StarsAmazing ExcursionApril 16, 2018

Reviewer: Kathryn Gallaher
This excursion was the highlight of our trip. The lunch with the Mayan family was humbling and amazing. The food was wonderful. Beautiful setting in a tiny remote village. The ruins were also interesting and very different from others we had seen. I would recommend this excursion.

5 StarsInformativeMarch 24, 2018

Reviewer: Mariana Lara
Excellent directions for reaching the office, comfortable bus ride, & informative guide. The lunch was tasty & well-made, the family that hosted us was very friendly. Loved learing some history. I'd certainly recommend this to others.

5 StarsMayan ExperienceMarch 11, 2018

Reviewer: Nicole
Absolutely incredible!!! Ruins were amazing, our guide was so informative and explained everything in detail. The Mayan village and house we stopped at for lunch was definitely the gem. Food was amazing and making our own tortillas was really cool! We bought a few handmade linens there too. Would definitely recommend this tour! We wore long sleeves and pants, but it wasn’t necessary. It was cloudy in the morning and sunny in the afternoon so not bad at all. Make sure to wear comfy shoes to walk around and climb part of the ruins. Only thing I regret was I waited to buy a souvenir ornament when we got back to the port- but NONE of the shops at the port had Chacchoben, they only had the bigger more popular one. So if you want it but it when you’re at the actual ruin!

5 StarsTour guide that deserves to go to VeniceFebruary 22, 2018

Reviewer: Dana Cryer
WOW!!!! Our guide was a native and deserves the recognition of being one of the best along with his driver of the bus. Well educated 27 year old and shared all he knew about the Mayan history and people. The tortilla making lesson and meal hosted in his home town was authentic and delicious. The tour was a great learning experience in a relaxed environment.

5 StarsMayan Experience February 03, 2018

What a fun tour! The Mayan ruins were interesting and our guide did a good job of explaining the history. My hubby climbed the one ruin. Then we went to a Mayan village to a personal home. We got a tour of the gardens, learned about Mayan cooking, made our own tortilla and enjoyed a delicious lunch of traditional Mayan dishes made with fresh ingredients.

5 Starsmayan experienceJanuary 24, 2018

Reviewer: cheryl cogan
wonderful experience. Tour guide very knowledgeable and the lunch in a residents home delicious and the atmosphere relaxing.

5 StarsSO AWESOME!January 09, 2018

Reviewer: Carolyn
This was the highlight of our vacation. Our tour guide (Edder) was amazing and the van was clean and well maintained. All the seatbelts worked (which was a welcome change from all the other vehicles we had ridden in). They had unlimited bottled water for us and were willing to answer any questions. On the way to the ruins we stopped at fruit seller and had fresh pineapple (bring cash). The traditional lunch we had with a Mayan family was excellent (not very spicy) and very filling. This tour was worth every penny.

5 StarsWonderful exeprienceDecember 21, 2017

Reviewer: Michelle
We had a wonderful day visiting the Mayan ruins, it was very informative, and our lunch at a Mayan home was absolutely divine.

5 StarsBest excursionNovember 27, 2017

Reviewer: Tandy Solesky
Our family had a amazing time. The highlight was eating lunch prepared by the mayan ladies. Food was so tasteful. The ruins itself was not impressive as some of the other ruins but was enjoyed by all.

5 StarsMayan ruins and dinnerNovember 24, 2017

Reviewer: David Ball
Outstanding tour. The bus was clean and the tour guide very helpful. They always stayed with us explaining everything even at the ruins. The Mayan family dinner was very nice and enjoyable. I would recommend this tour.

5 StarsGood tripJuly 20, 2017

Reviewer: rebecca antle
The guides were very good and informative. Not a rushed tour like some others. Well organized and beautiful country.

5 StarsGreat adventureJuly 20, 2017

Reviewer: rebecca antle
Forgot to mention the stop at the Mayan home. That was fantastic, great food, wonderful company and I loved meeting the ladies that did the cooking.

5 StarsMayan ExperienceJune 30, 2017

Reviewer: Carole Jubb
Can't say enough good things about this tour. The visit to the ruins was very good but the highlight was the trip to the Mayan village where the local women prepared a Mayan lunch for us. We made our own small tortillas and the women cooked them on an open fire. They were served with outstanding Mayan Salsa. Lunch was chicken,rice,beans,veggies,fruit and flan. The hibiscus tea was wonderful. It was great to see where the locals live. Quaint homes with interesting painted designs on them. Super excursion! You have got to take this tour!

5 StarsCulture and History TogetherMay 25, 2017

Reviewer: Joe Kirkbride
This was a fascinating experience. Tour of Chacchoben ruins and lunch with a Mayan family. We journeyed all over the ruins with a fantastic guide. So much to see and learn! Shopped at the local market outside the gate. Then journeyed to a Mayan family home in nearby village. Tried to make sopas but the ladies have to repair mine! Excellent lunch. Would consider doing this again if back in Costa Maya. This tour will not disappoint if you want to see the native culture. Instructions to get to starting point should have been better. Maybe a representative could meet persons coming off the ship.

5 StarsAwesome Mayan LocalsMay 19, 2017

Reviewer: Cathy
This trip involved going to the Chochoben Mayan ruins and then to a Mayan village where they prepared a meal for us. We pattied out our own tortilla for cooking. The meal was fantastic and we felt we were eating authentically. Mom uses a walker and these ruins were difficult for mom as the path was rough gravel. She hung in and still enjoyed it, but was exhausted by the end of the day. Our guides were Edder, then Joel, then Maria. They all did a great job. Five stars for the Mayan village and the meal part of the excursion. Lovely friendly people. The ruins were fantastic also, but for the walker maybe not so much.

5 StarsIt was great!May 05, 2017

Reviewer: Kelli Mankowski
The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area, the ruins, the history. Very thorough and interesting! We loved it!

5 StarsCosta Maya - Mayan ExperienceApril 27, 2017

Reviewer: Susan Milich
This was an awesome tour and the tour company Native Choice was excellent. We had enough time to explore the Chaccoben ruins and the guides were very informative. We appreciated the cold bottled water they had on hand and the extra people to help out. The Mayan Village lunch was great! We learned to make tortillas. We had a great time, so much fun and very informative.

5 StarsBetter than Cruise Ship Excursion!April 13, 2017

Reviewer: Nathaniel KW
We recently returned from a Western Caribbean cruise with a stop in Costa Maya. I'm SO glad we chose Native Choice and the Mayan Experience tour. Joel the guide and Edgar the driver were seriously 5-star all the way. The tour of the Chacchoben ruins was fantastic (we were in a group of 6 with Native Choice and saw other groups of 50+), but it didn't end there! Taking us to an actual Mayan family's house and having lunch was easily just as good as seeing the ruins. Thank you Native Choice and Joel!

5 StarsMayan ExperienceMarch 17, 2017

Reviewer: Dr. Phillip E. Rosner
A great excursion! We had already been to Chichan Itzah and several other mayan ruins, so we didn't have high expectations for this excursion. We primarily went because our travelling companions had not been to a mayan ruin. The mayan site more than met our expectations. The guide was personable and knowledgeable. The mayan experience with it's people was tremendous. We made our own tortillas and the food was exquisite. This was the key to a great excursion.

4 Starslocal family Mayan lunch March 08, 2017

Reviewer: Jim
Having lunch in the Mayan village and with their family was awesome! Recommend tour company meet this tour and others they sponsor with one rep at the dock since the directions to their office are sketchy and difficult to follow...secure port area is not easy to navigate with their directions and then you still have to travel a few blocks outside the secure port area. Thanks!

5 StarsMayan ExperienceMarch 07, 2017

Reviewer: Pat Andersen
We have done this type of tour before, but still learned more about the Mayans. After that we had a nice lunch with a local family. Very enjoyable.

5 StarsA Great Experience!March 02, 2017

Reviewer: Diane French
Native Choice is the operator of this tour and should be EVERYONE'S choice! The company is well run and very professional; the guides and drivers are top notch; the vans are spotless. When our original guide had to return to the office Lorenzo took over without missing a beat. His guided tour of the ruins was well presented and thorough; he answered all questions. The lunch at a local home was enlightening and delicious. While the tour company obviously has added a few touches (e.g. two separate toilets and sinks for clean up) and, possibly, assisted with a little landscaping, the home was typical of the homes around it. The family was gracious and having us make our own tortillas was a good touch. We were glad we chose this tour and tour company over anything else offered, including the ship's offerings.

5 StarsBuy This Tour!February 16, 2017

Reviewer: Greg
The Mayan Experience was one of the best guided tours I have taken to date. We learned so much both at the temple site and in the Mayan home. The Mayan ladies prepared us delicious food; all dietary needs were met. - The cruise port doesn't allow the tour company to pick you up at the port, so you have to walk to the tour office. Give yourself at least :30 mins to walk from the cruise terminal to the tour office. We missed our meet-up time at the tour office. However, the office staff shuttled us over separately (a :45min to 1hr drive) no questions asked. - The walk to the tour office is through what looks like an abandoned area of Costa Maya. We felt safe, but we were approached many other tour guides along the way propositioning us to buy their tours. - Also, the directions to get to the tour office are lengthy. I would recommend you stop by the concierge desk on the ship and get clarifications on the directions should you find them confusing.

5 StarsGraduation cruise with grandchildrenFebruary 04, 2017

Reviewer: Bob Lange
We took our two oldest grandchildren on a cruise to celebrate their graduation from high school. The only request they had was for a tour of Mayan ruins. This one exceeded all our expectations. On the van on the way to the ruins (about 45 minutes) Rose gave us some background of the site, and pointed out many things along the way. At the ruins, Hugo was exceptionally knowledgeable, not only of the Mayan culture, but also the many interesting plants and animals growing in the area. After that tour, we went to the nearby village, where descendants of the Mayans still maintain aspects of their lifestyle and culture. We had a feast in an outdoor, thatch covered dining area, with traditionally prepared foods that were delicious. The ladies were gracious and willing to explain all the foods and how they were prepared. If you want to go on a tour that is much more than roaming around ruins in the jungle, and learn something about the culture that built them, this is the tour for you.

5 StarsExcellent tourJanuary 16, 2017

Reviewer: Roger Kozak
Great guides, great people, very knowledgeable, great experience. Great value. Very satisfied Highly recommend this tour.

5 StarsCan't say enough wonderful things about this one!December 23, 2016

Reviewer: Alice Pina
What a wonderful day! It was full of amazing moments! You do have to walk to there office that is a few blocks away but well worth it! We meet up with our guide and driver she was a local Myan girl. She told us everything about the culture and the living of the myan people. We went to the Ruins were we were amazed but the structures. To being welcomed with open arms of a Myan family that opend there house and cooked lunch. I would do this again in a heart beat. The best excursion I have ever been on!!

5 StarsExcellent excursionDecember 23, 2016

Reviewer: Patti Miller-Crowley
This was a great excursion. The guides were friendly and veru knowledgeable. It was nice getting a better feel for how they live rather than just the port.

5 StarsMayan ExperienceDecember 07, 2016

Reviewer: Bettsye Rose
This excursion was amazing. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided us with so much information about the Natan civilization. Great walking tour and the ruins were great. The meal afterwards was amazing, the food was beautifully prepared and presented. The flavors and tastes of the food was superb. I would highly recommend this excursion - of the 3 excursions I did this was by far the best one.

5 StarsAn amazing day!November 21, 2016

Reviewer: Jenice Dickey
We took this excursion with 4 teenagers. Everyone our group absolutely loved this excursion. The vans were very well kept and comfortable and the driver and guide were so knowledgeable and friendly. The ruins were very interesting but the village lunch was amazing! I would highly recommend this excursion.

5 StarsOne Unforgettable Experience!June 06, 2016

Reviewer: Ed
I cannot express how amazing this tour was. We went to a remote location where we saw Mayan Ruins and had the opportunity to have a one on one experience with the locals. Our tour guide did an excellent job keeping us entertain, particularly on the ride there since it takes about an hour to get to the location. But don't let the distance stop you from going there! This tour truly gives you a look at the life of the indigenous populations of the region. They are so friendly and make you feel like you are a VIP guest. This was particularly true when we went to eat lunch with the locals. The lunch cooked by the ladies was so delicious that words can't describe the flavors. It does take a lot of walking but this is by far the best tour I have done in Costa Maya and I've been there three times.

5 StarsEducational and very interestingJune 01, 2016

Reviewer: Abby
The ruins and park were very interesting and our guide was very knowledgable. The lunch with the Mayan women was great .

5 StarsAuthentic MayanMay 10, 2016

Reviewer: Up Anything Fun.
My grandmother is full blooded Mayan, born in Chiapas, Mexico and was a cuandera or healer. I've traveled in over 20 states in Mexico and have seen most of the major pyramids so these were nothing new to me but still interesting. We were fortunate to have a guide all to ourselves and Rosa gave us a very personal experience. The highlight to me was the time with the Mayan family. It felt like going to my grandmother's house. I was surprised to learn that so much of what I think of as Mexican is actually Mayan. The gardens had the same kinds of plants my grandmother used both for cooking and medicinal purposes. The pottery was much like what my grandmother made and even the wood stove looked like the one on the patio at my grandmother's house in East LA. All the food and spices were familiar to me though I hadn't seen some of them since my grandmother passed. My husband is Anglo and we both made tortillas which ""popped"" meaning we're ready for marriage. Good thing since we are celebrating 10 years in June. It was a wonderful experience and one not to be missed. My husband enjoyed it as much as I did and got to take a peek into my upbringing that he otherwise might not have seen. At the end I couldn't help crying with joy as we thanked this wonderful family for letting me reconnect with my heritage.

5 StarsWell Conducted TourApril 21, 2016

Reviewer: Don & Delia
Enrique & Maria well very well versed in Cozumel History, & Mayan Culture. My wife and I throughly enjoyed both the Bus Tour, and the mayan Excursion.

5 StarsA Wonderful, Cultural, & Delicious ExperienceApril 12, 2016

Reviewer: Jeff
Chacchoben Ruins included over 10 Temples, which unlike Altun-Ha Ruins, permitted excellent views, no over-crowding of tourists, and on-site entry to these beautiful Mayan Temples and History. The Tour was exciting and educational in learning the history of the ruins, its beauty, and surrounding sites. Well-organized, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic guides made this experience a pleasure. The Tour of Chacchoben (Mayan) Village was fascinating, and the traditional meal cooked by the Ladies (Adelella & Oicovidin) was delicious and was the Best Meal I had throughout the entire week's Cruise!!! Maria Diego was our wonderful, vivacious Tour Guide. I purchased several hand-made gifts (wood carvings, hand-sewn stitchery-covers), so beautiful I wanted to keep them all for myself. Learned some Mayan words which I remember today: Yom Botik (Thank You) and Malo Kin (Good Day/Morning). Chacchoben is the name for Red Corn, Red means Good, positive, luck. Sun God is the main Mayan God. It was a day filled with joy, great food, people, and beauty.

5 Starshighly recommend this tour of the Myan ExperienceApril 08, 2016

Reviewer: suzie
Going to the Myan village for lunch was a true experience for anyone

5 StarsCosta Maya - Mayan ExperienceApril 06, 2016

Reviewer: JT's Gramma
I didn't know what to expect when I booked excursions not offered by the cruise line ... but this excursion exceeded my expectations. What a fascinating way to ""experience"" Mayan culture's past and present with a visit to the Mayan ruins and a visit to a Mayan village for lunch and cultural dances. The group was small which made it more enjoyable than the hassle of big buses. The tour guides were knowledgeable and the trip was educational. .

5 StarsExcellent ExperienceApril 05, 2016

Reviewer: Kansasmom
The Mayan Experience Tour was very well organized. It covered many aspects of the Mayan history, life, and culture. We especially enjoyed the interaction with the Mayan ladies, teaching us to make tortillas, and seeing their lifestyle, home, and village. Climbing the ruins was a fun window into a life 1000's of years ago. It's a long tour and our guide was excellent, informative, and untiring.


Reviewer: Judy the adventurist
WOW. This is the best excursion out of all my experience. The food was amazing. The guides from beginning to end were the nicest and informotative. We will never forget this we will talk about it for many years to come. I highly highly recommed this excursion. We were a small group of 11 people and we were in awe. The beauty, the Mayan women that cook that fabulous lunch. You get to experienced hands on how to make your own tortilla. Thank you thank you thank you for this great experience.

5 StarsFabulous excursionFebruary 26, 2016

Reviewer: Bob
This was the best excursion I have been on. There was a lot of information about the Mayan culture from our guide, Erick. It did not have that commercialized vibe like a lot of excursions. We were a small group and got a good look at the local culture and a taste of the Mayan cuisine. We learned about the food and the spices they use.

4 StarsWonderful trip through historyFebruary 26, 2016

Reviewer: CJ
So glad we did this excursion. What an honor to be able to share a meal with a Mayan family. Our guides Erik, Maria,and Miguel were so much fun and informed. The meal was delicious in a relaxing atmosphere. Watching the men make tortillas was fun, it was a lot harder than I would have thought. Learning about the different plants growing on the premises was educational. The only negative is the fact that you have to walk about four blocks outside the shopping port to get to their location. Yes I would do it again because it was well organized and informative. Your guides stay with you the whole time so you are well taken care of.

4 StarsMayan runs and a Mayan mealFebruary 25, 2016

Reviewer: Frenspanteacher
I had never visited Mayan ruins. This tour was great because it was only a fifty minute ride from the port ( bathroom and shopping stop included) and the site was comprehensive, but smaller than the big name sites. Also, I was really looking forward to the dinner prepared by Mayans. The tour itself was informative at the ruins. Note that you are not allowed to climb the stairs here. Nevertheless, there were some spectacular photo ops. It was extremely hot and humid during the visit. The tour provides water. Cover up against the sun and mosquitos. It is uncmfortable, but you will not regret being protected. There were people in tank tops and shorts being bitten by bugs. Why risk it?I very much enjoy experiencing the culture of places I visit, so the Mayan village experience was quite nice. Granted it was definitely staged for tourists, but it was fun! We got to try our hand at making tortillas and were treated to a lovely and healthy buffet of tamales, rice, stuffed vegetables and my favorite....fruit kabobs with coconut pudding and hibiscus tea. The food is prepared with purified water, so, no worries! The women graciosuly let us take pictures, too!

5 StarsAn amazing excursion with an amazing guide.February 20, 2016

Reviewer: Ollie
Very rewarding experience

5 StarsOutstandingFebruary 18, 2016

Reviewer: Eric
Besides going to the Mayan ruins, the side trip to a real Mayan family was awesome. A moving interaction with real people. Our guide Eric was absolutely the best. Friendly, personable, and extrememely knowledgeable.

4 StarsAwesome ExcursionFebruary 05, 2016

Reviewer: dlynnae
Good excursion for the whole family. The food was wounderful. Small groups

5 StarsHighlight of our cruise!February 03, 2016

Reviewer: Ellen
Don't miss this's one. Great excursion!!

5 Starsreview of Mayan ExperienceJanuary 20, 2016

Reviewer: Lavi
I very much enjoyed the lunch with the Mayan women, it was a wonderful authentic experience

5 StarsGreat, very educational.January 18, 2016

Reviewer: Roo
Great Mayan ruins tour, multiple sits.

5 StarsAmazing ExperienceJanuary 14, 2016

Reviewer: Carters Adventures
Our guide, Diego, was extremely friendly and provided many interesting facts about the Mayan culture. The family that hosted us were welcoming and the food was excellent. I highly recommend this excursion if you are interested in experiencing the culture of the Mayans. The entire family loved it!

5 StarsGreat trip - very informative, knowledgable guideNovember 25, 2015

Reviewer: Munchkin
The Mayan family that prepared the meal were very welcoming - the food was great and plentiful. They made homemade linens with embroidery and fancy edging - we bought a couple of things and they were very inexpensive and unique.

5 StarsTrue Cultural ExperienceApril 22, 2015

Reviewer: Damspyder
This excursion was a wonderful cultural experience! Not only did you get to tour some Mayan ruins that were fascinating, but you got to have a wonderful meal served by a Mayan family at their home. The ruins we visited were very well kept up and very clean. It was beautiful and the tour guide (David) was extremely knowledgeable about Mayan history and his country. We were treated to a lunch that was tasty and it was obvious the family was proud of their ancestry and their Mayan traditions. They were a joy to be around and welcomed us with open arms into their home. It was a small group of about 20 people and a once in a lifetime experience that most people don't get an opportunity to do. We would recommend to anyone! Loved it!

5 StarsGreat Mayan ExperienceMarch 23, 2015

Reviewer: Bob
Modern vehicles, personable guides. Super to visit a very personable home and had lunch with them. Far better than cruise package.

5 StarsGreat ExperienceFebruary 13, 2015

Reviewer: Gale
Food was very good and the area was clean. These were my favorite ruins. Mayan culture is becoming a thing of the past. Feel this maybe a once in a lifetime experience.

5 StarsOne of a kind Experience!January 16, 2015

Reviewer: Spice loving Mary
The Native Choice Tour Group was very friendly and knowledgeable. Kaci (our tour guide) is a wonderful person who got us to the Maya Chacchoben site early enough that there were no other folks there. It was magical to see the ruins without interference or noise. The lunch experience was interactive as we got to make our own tortillas with guidance from the hostess and her daughters. The food was delicious and the grounds inspiring with all the plantings. I'd love it if other tour companies offered this kind of intimacy and friendliness. I'll never forget it.

5 StarsThe best excursion we went on.January 16, 2015

Reviewer: Bobby
This was the best excursion that my son and I went on.The guide Erick was very personable and knowledgeable. The trip to the village was fantastic, as well as the food. We will be going on this excursion again in the near future. Thank you for the memories.

5 StarsVery interesting, the ruins were greatJanuary 08, 2015

Reviewer: Larry
The ruins were gorgeous, our tour guides father is the man who discovered the ruins and he grew up playing on the hills that once covered the ruins. The history was very interesting. The Mayan prepared food was great and there was som neat kitchen stuff for sale.

4 StarsWell Run TourJanuary 01, 2015

Reviewer: none
a bit hard to find where tour started

5 StarsAmazing tripNovember 26, 2014

Reviewer: Elsie
Despite rain our tour went forward while cruise tours were cancelled. Got to ruins and no rain. Tour guide who was a local Mayan was very knowledgeable. Ruins amazing and meal at Mayan home remarkable. A once in lifetime experience!

5 StarsHighlight of our excursionsNovember 06, 2014

Reviewer: ex-yosar
The Mayan ruins were nice. BUT what made this trip on of the best was having lunch in a traditional Mayan home, with real Mayan food. The three ladies that prepared the food were wonderful and gracious. Our guild grew up in that same village and showed us the good, and the not so good. On of the best values and the most interesting things we did. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

4 StarsMayan site and mealApril 20, 2014

Reviewer: travel pro
great guide and experience. would have been better if Mayan hosts for lunch had spoken more English.

5 StarsImmerse Yourself in the CultureApril 19, 2014

Reviewer: Pack-N-Go Joyce
Excellent guide did an great job educating us about the Mayan culture, both past and present. The small group made it easy to tour, as well as the comfortable transportation. Our lunch at a family home was a special experience and the food was excellent! Before traveling to this part of Mexico, I was unsure about the safety of two female travelers, but it was a completely safe and worry-free adventure. So glad we chose this excursion!

5 StarsGreat tourApril 12, 2014

Reviewer: Tennislady
Really enjoyed this tour, especially our guide. She was extremely knowledgeable and seemed to really enjoy what she was doing. Most guides just repeated memorized speeches, but she made the stories of the Mayans so interesting that we didn't want to miss a word. She really told a story from the heart. And the meal with the Mayan family very tasty. They were so welcoming. All in all A Great Tour.

5 StarsThe best tour guide on the planetFebruary 22, 2014

Reviewer: Kristina
We were a group of 17 people that took this excursion together in January 2014. We received well explained directions to the meeting spot before-hand. Our tour guide was absolutely amazing. He is a Maya and gave us so many information from his own experience. It was fascinating. The trip started very early which seemed tiresome at first, but we got to go to the ruins before the big crowds arrived. All of our pictures turned out awesome because we don't have a single stranger in them :) Our tour guide spoke so nice and clearly that our group members from Germany and Brazil had no difficulties understanding. Other associates from the agency handed out water bottles while we toured the site which was wonderful. The second part of our tour included a trip to a Maya family. It was the highlight of our trip. The food they prepared was unbelievable. We all loved learning about their traditions, admiring their clothing (all handmade) and enjoyed the wonderful meal. It was by far the best excursion of our vacation!

5 StarsGreat ruins, beautiful spotFebruary 13, 2014

Reviewer: Candy
The guide was honest and obviously proud of his heritage, despite the ""poverty"" by Western Standards. He provided us a chance to see how Mayans today really live. The lunch in his village was charming, delicious, and quaint ( we could see the fire over which the tortillas were made). It was truly a Mayan experience. The guide was very competent, honest, educated and willing to entertain questions on all subjects. He provided us with a good historical tour.

5 StarsThe BestFebruary 06, 2014

Reviewer: Phyl
This was by far the best tour we have taken. It was educational, informative and a lot of fun. The Mayan people we met were lovely and very gracious. The food was excellent. Would do this again.,

5 Starsfood and adventureJanuary 28, 2014

Reviewer: Norman Paperman owner Coral Reef Club
Great mayan adventure, Bring your appetite

5 StarsWOW!January 27, 2014

Reviewer: Dlynnae
This is a must do! We really enjoyed ourselfs. Our guide was very informative about the ruins. We were in a group of 10 which was great! We had an authentic lunch that was pprpared with excellence and was delicious! I traveled the week of Jan 19-26. I definitely recommend this excursion!!

4 StarsAmazing ruins, growing communityOctober 20, 2013

Reviewer: Two bucks
When you pull into the port, it's not much to look at. It feels as though no one really lives there but I think the hurricanes hurt the look of their beaches. This is a new port for cruiselines and the community is still working on being tourist friendly. You walk immediately into a large mall with a pool that is amazing for shopping. Beyond the mall parking lot, it's very desolate. After walking to our tour meeting spot, it was about an hour drive to the Chacchoben Park. It was a beautiful park!! You walk along a path and all of a sudden the ruins are peaking behind the trees. GORGEOUS ruin sites. You then take a bus tour through the community and make and eat authentic Mexican dishes. I'm not a fan of authentic Mexican food but my husband loved it. They live in such poverty according to USA standards but they seem happy, traditional, and very welcoming. Definitely worth experiencing what life is like while also seeing amazing ruins!

5 StarsA+++++++++++July 18, 2013

Reviewer: Ron
Superb guides, lots of fun

5 StarsAwesome,April 10, 2013

Reviewer: Beth n Dave
Getting to see the Mayan ruins was something I always wanted to do this was an amazing excursion. Getting the cultural information and sites directly from locals was awe inspiring being able to go to the home of a local, make tortillas and have a lunch prepared for us was a unique experience the food was amazing I would have paid top dollar for the chance to eat, relax and learn the things I did. I would recommend this trip to everyone,

5 StarsGreat experience!March 28, 2013

Reviewer: Cynthia
I've never written a review before but felt compelled to write one. This excursion was a big hit with my family. Our tour guide Joel was funny and very informative about the Mayan ruins we toured. He showed us this great picture he took of the ruins during spring solstice. Make sure he shows it to you. We also went to the house of a Mayan family who showed us how to make corn tortillas and then cooked for us. The food was delicious, my kids (8 and 11) even gave it two thumbs up. All those present agreed that that meal was the best we have had all week. Thank you Joel and ladies for making us feel like family.

5 StarsOur favorite excursion- we learned a tonMarch 15, 2013

Reviewer: Karen, mother of boys
Our tour guide was so knowledgable and the Mayan meal was delicious. It was great fun to make our own tortillas!

5 StarsMeet the real MayasMarch 07, 2013

Reviewer: Bee thee won
The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and educated, perhaps overeducated for the group, though I'm not sure I would change that. The home visit was wonderful and the people genuinely sweet and welcoming and the food was...different in a good way. Highly recommended.

5 StarsBest tour on the tripFebruary 10, 2013

Reviewer: GlamoRabbi
Seeing the Mayan ruins was great, enjoyable, everything I had envisioned. But the absolute best part was was being taken to the Mayan neighborhood, interacting with the Mayan family, making a tortilla, eating the Mayan dishes was way beyond my expectations. It was truly something I don't think I will ever experience again. The tour guide was exceptional.

5 StarsWonderful experience!January 12, 2013

Reviewer: Linda
This was an incredible tour! Our guide, Ivan, was thorough and very knowledgable about the site we visited, and particularly, the Mayan way of life. We learned a lot from him. The second part of the tour included a trip to a Mayan house for a traditional meal, and it was superb. The most fascinating part for me was how Ivan contrasted a Mayan lifestyle with that of ours. It gave us an understanding and appreciation for another culture. It allowed us to participate, in a way, in smething we would have otherwise had no connection with. This tour was very satisfying and completely recommended for those who want the cultural enrichment. It was the best of our tours!

5 StarsExcellentDecember 02, 2012

Reviewer: Britta
Wondeful experience must do

4 StarsCultural ExperienceOctober 25, 2012

Reviewer: First time cruiser
Unique opportunity to interact with a native Mayan Family to learn about their life, culture and enjoy and authentic meal. Once in a lifetime opportunity!

4 StarsGreatMarch 31, 2012

Reviewer: Us
Very informative. Enough time for ques and answers. Great

5 StarsAwesome ExperienceMarch 27, 2012

Reviewer: Deb Spin
knowledgeable friendly guides and staff. Once in a life time experience. Met a real working Mayan family. Food was fresh and delicious and the Ruin's were amazing!

5 StarsAwesomeMarch 01, 2012

Reviewer: Carty

4 StarsA Real Mayan ExperienceSeptember 02, 2011

Reviewer: Christy
Despite the fact that it was very warm/hot the day we were there, we had a good time. The guide was both genuinely caring and informative. The Mayan family that made the meal and showed us how to make tortillas was also very kind. The meal at the end was delicious!!!

5 Starsexcellent tourAugust 19, 2011

Reviewer: Bill
This was a great tour. The guide was excellent. Small group much more personal and 1 on 1 interaction with the guide that you would have with the cruise line.

5 StarsexcellentMay 05, 2011

Reviewer: barb
highly recommended

5 StarsIt couldn't have been any better.April 14, 2011

Reviewer: Trouble
This excursion was truly amazing. The Mayan Ruins were outstanding and the tour guide left nothing out when addressing the ruins. Having the opportunity to experience a Mayan meal was beyond my wildest dreams and making the tortilla shells was really great. I would love taking this excursion again and again.