Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins

Great Excursion!
December 04, 2022
From starting in a nice AC van, our guide, Edder, made the 50 minute drive to site a learning experience. The tour of the site was awesome. Edder taught us so much more than the giant groups of people who booked with the cruise. So many little touches he added to our experience with his knowledge. Our driver Miquel was awesome too. He met us at one point through the tour with cold bottled water. So glad that we did not book through the cruise line!
Reviewer: Lance Lofton
5 Stars
Organized tour group and enthusiastic tour guide
December 04, 2022
We walked from the pier to the meeting kiosk outside the port. After we checked in we were sent to our mini bus and traveled to the Ruins. Our tour guide, David, was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about teaching the group about the archeological site and Mayan culture. We were very happy with this excursion and would recommend because we had an excellent experience.
Reviewer: Penelope M Fail
5 Stars
Mayan Ruins
December 01, 2022
This was the tour I wanted to go on, my niece was less excited, but we both had a great day. The tour guide (I wish I could remember his name) was VERY knowledgeable and really excellent - gave us sooo much fascinating information about the people who lived here. The ruins themselves were beautiful and amazing!
Reviewer: Christina Weidinger
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
November 23, 2022
The excursion was wonderful. The driver and guides were great!
Reviewer: Wendi
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
November 12, 2022
An excellent tour. The tour guide was a Mayan descendant and was very knowledgeable and very engaging. Great tour!
Reviewer: Paul Wuerdeman
5 Stars
Great Tour
October 25, 2022
Tour guide Erik did a wonderful job. Highly recommend.
Reviewer: GUADALUPE BALBOA
5 Stars
Lots of walking!
October 19, 2022
Great time! Be prepared for walking and wear comfy shoes!!
Reviewer: Tina Perdue
5 Stars
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins 10/3/22
October 12, 2022
My group really enjoyed this tour. Erick, our guide, is really knowledgeable about the Mayans and the ruins. He added a personal perspective to excavating the ruins and the modern Mayan culture. The driver was excellent and the van was comfortable with air conditioning. They were both conscious of our limited time on shore and made the most of our excursion.
Reviewer: Jennifer Young
5 Stars
Costa Maya’ Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
September 06, 2022
Beautiful. The knowledge the man had and the way he present was extraordinary!
Reviewer: Gwen Ponthieux
5 Stars
Great
September 04, 2022
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and made it fun. Would recommend, but it is a lot of walking.
Reviewer: Konnor B.
5 Stars
Beautiful Location and Amazing Guides
August 14, 2022
This was a long, hot day but well worth it. Both of our guides were incredibly knowledgeable and it made for a fantastic visit. The instructions for meeting the bus are very clear and we underestimated the distance. Would absolutely take a taxi next time as it was too far for us in the heat. The staff took great care though and provided water as soon as they saw us arrive. This tour was excellent for us and our teenage children. Younger children would not enjoy it as much I don't think.
Reviewer: Rita
5 Stars
Great History Lesson
July 31, 2022
Our guide was very informative and gave us background on the culture and traditions. Great tour for history buffs.
Reviewer: Konnor B.
5 Stars
Amazing tour
July 06, 2022
This was our first excursion booked through Member Travel and I don't think we will ever book through a cruise line again. The tour was only a small group of 6 which made it a more fulfilling experience and felt more personal. There was plenty of time to see all of the ruins without being rushed and we learned so much! The tour guide went above and beyond and even stopped on the side of the road on the way back for us to get out and shop at a local fruit stand. I highly recommend this tour if you're in Costa Maya!
Reviewer: Laurie
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
June 21, 2022
Excellent trip. Despite the tropical rains, we had a blast! Very educational!
Reviewer: Lynne Marie Sparks
5 Stars
Great Tour
May 04, 2022
This excursion was awesome! Our tour guide Joel was amazing - such a compassion for his country and the ruins! Learned so much from him! Loved the added quick stop to get the fresh pineapple! Highly recommend!!
Reviewer: Kathy White
5 Stars
Excellent trip with great guide and fewer crowds!
May 03, 2022
This was an outstanding excursion! A trip through the countryside, seeing and getting a guided tour of the area's history, culture, industry, etc. A stop at a village road-side market gives you the best tasting pineapple, pineapple juice, pineapple cake, etc. that you'll get anywhere in the world. The ruins are the oldest known Mayan ruins, a fun historical discovery of a fascinating ancient nation. Monkeys climbing through the trees, fewer crowds to deal with... . It was just a great experience!
Reviewer: SeanLeighFam
5 Stars
Mayan ruins
April 07, 2022
Our tour guide Eder was very good. His excitement about the tour was motivating. The tour people looked out for us and we enjoyed our visit
Reviewer: Sandi
5 Stars
Mayan ruins
March 19, 2022
This was a great tour, our guide was very knowledgeable about the Mayan ruins, enjoyed the walk through the jungle to the Mayan ruins, nice small group, stopped at a few tourist shops & roadside stalls selling local fresh fruit…
Reviewer: Sharon Songhurst
5 Stars
Costa Maya Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
March 17, 2022
Very interesting trip. We chose this trip over the other Mayan Ruins as this was a shorter bus trip to and from the ship terminal. Our guide was Joel, a native Mayan who was extremely knowledgeable and easy to listen to. We also liked the fact we were a smaller group (van) vs. the tour groups offered by the cruise company which were buses. On the way back to the terminal, we stopped at a roadside fruit stand and had the chance to purchase a small bag of fresh pineapple sliced and ready to eat. A sweet ending to a great shore excursion!!
Reviewer: Nancy Yank
5 Stars
Kitzia was a great guide and the tour was amazing
March 12, 2022
We were excited to see the ruins and this tour did not disappoint! Our tour guide Kitzia was great at explaining all the sites and history and providing a locals point of view and amazing stories. Highly recommend the tour and even moreso of you can get Kitzia as a guide.
Reviewer: Donna
5 Stars
Great day in Costa Maya
February 09, 2022
Great guide. Very interesting commentary. Loved being in small group. Easy walk from where ship docks to join group.
Reviewer: Ally Cross
5 Stars
Great tour of Mayan Ruins
January 30, 2022
This was a wonderful tour and our guide was excellent. We feel the Altun-Ha ruins have a more beautiful setting and there were not as many tours and people at the time of our visit. However both ruins are worth the time it takes to travel to these sights.
Reviewer: Jack Boheim
4 Stars
Best sidetrip ever and special thanks to Dave!
December 28, 2021
We went to the Chacchoben ruins on Dec 9, 2021. Our group was very small and our guide (Dave) was the most informative, best educated, and a fabulous communicator. We learned more about the ruins and culture than we ever expected as well as many other destinations around the globe woven into the narrative. Thanks for providing us with such a fabulous memory!
Reviewer: David Nicholas
5 Stars
Outstanding Experience
December 22, 2021
This was our favourite tour on our cruise. Our guide Edder was excellent! Because there were only 6 people in our group he went at our pace and was able to quickly answer any questions but he and our driver Edgar also made sure we were back at the port at the promised time. We learned so much about the Mayan culture as well as the local plant life. Edgar met up with us mid-tour with some refreshing cold bottled water and did an excellent job of dodging potholes to give us a smooth ride. The directions provided to meet up with the tour were detailed and easy to follow. Highly recommend if you are looking for a Mayan ruins experience in Costa Maya.
Reviewer: Beth Malloy
5 Stars
Excellent Tour
December 14, 2021
WOW! This was an amazing tour. Very educational and fun. The guide and driver took great care of us and made this such a wonderful time. Very knowledgeable. The ruins themselves were incredible to see and experience. It may seem like an excursion you would only need to do once, but I will definately be doing this again if given the opportunity.
Reviewer: Brina Jensen
5 Stars
Great Tour
December 10, 2021
David was our driver/guide and his knowledge of history made our tour of the Mayan archeological site fantastic! We were with our 3 grown sons & their wives. They asked a ton of questions & appreciated David's vast knowledge. We choose this tour because it was the shortest drive to a Mayan site. My husband & I had visited a different site in the past. This one was much larger with more of what was 'the city' and living areas were like versus just a layered pyramid type structure. The drive was about an hour & there was nothing to see on the way there or back. But a great tour!
Reviewer: Laura Bahr
5 Stars
Oh Belize
December 07, 2021
This was my best of 3 excursion. I was able to see a lot of the rural of Belize heading to the ruins and this made me identify what the true country is like. Tour guide and driver was very funny and informative. The ruins was very big and I got my steps in that day. Then the true Caribbean meal (buy it yourself) was so delicious and mouthwatering. Wonderful discovery of Belize and great experience all together.
Reviewer: Bridgette Jardine
5 Stars
Wonderful Visit to the Ruins
December 01, 2021
It was a little difficult to find our way out of the port shops and get to the meeting location, but once we met our guide, it was great. The group was small and we had our personal guide that moved at our pace through the ruins. He was very knowledgeable. One of our party wanted to stop and get a coke on the way back and he took us to a little shop with a great selection. Very accomodating for the three of us.
Reviewer: Janis Jarvis
5 Stars
Absolutely Incredible!
October 27, 2021
Eddr was our guide and Abdel our driver. The guys were amazing, and went above and beyond for an awesome tour. They answered all of our questions, showed us a fantastic day, and even recommended the best place for lunch. You guys are awesome at what you do! Thank you from Jim & Laurie Koster, Illinois
Reviewer: Laurie Koster
5 Stars
Hugo and Able
March 17, 2020
great tour. Hugo was very knowledgable and went beyond what other tour guides were talking about. On the way back he stopped at the stands that sell fresh sliced pineapple and no one else that did similar tours did not get to stop. Awesome tour. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Brenda Forbear-Turner
5 Stars
Great Shore Excursion
March 16, 2020
We went on the tour on Feb 14, 2020. This was one of the best tours I have ever been on. Our guide Hugo was wonderful, very knowledgeable and willing to answer our many questions about the Mayan Ruins. Our driver, Miguel, was very nice and made sure we had water during the walking tour. I highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Marilyn
5 Stars
Mayan ruins
March 15, 2020
Guide was excellent ad extremely knowledgeable
Reviewer: Julie
5 Stars
Awesome tour
March 15, 2020
Carlos was our driver and guide. He was very knowledgeable about the Mayan ruins and gave a very memorable tour. He was so helpful and energetic. Lunch was very good at a local beach. This tour is a must! A++++++
Reviewer: Mitch Neal
5 Stars
Top-Notch!
March 13, 2020
This was a terrific excursion. The direction and map provided to the meet-up location was perfect. On arrival, the folks who checked us in were friendly and professional. We drove out to the ruins in a sprinter-type van, with our driver, Abel, and guide, Enrique, who were both excellent. Along the way, we were thoroughly informed on the history of the area, which was fascinating. The ruins themselves were spectacular and Enrique was very well-educated and well-informed. I can't say enough good things about him. His knowledge of and care for the ruins was clear. I only took this one tour of Chacchoben, but I can't imagine that the others were better.
Reviewer: Jeff B.
5 Stars
Ruins tour
March 13, 2020
The tour guide was incredible. Extremely knowledgeable and easily explained the historical aspects of the culture and ruins. The tour bus was new with a smaller capacity which made it a personal tour.
Reviewer: Edward E Breece
5 Stars
Great history
March 06, 2020
The mayas was really nice to see, our guide was fantastic full of knowledge and information, however he talked so much that we didn't have time to see everything.
Reviewer: Oshrat Zemel
4 Stars
Great Trip
March 03, 2020
We had a great guide tour. She was very knowledgeable. Even though it was rainy day, we had a great trip. The only suggestion, it was a bit hard to find the office. Maybe you can provide the map where to go.
Reviewer: Agnieszka
5 Stars
Best Tour, The Ed Duo
March 01, 2020
We really enjoyed our Costa Maya Chacchoben Mayan Ruins tour. Guide and Driver Edgar and Edard were wonderful. Full of information and helped group members that couldn’t walk the full tour. They provided cold bottled water half way between the tour to everyone, someone carried it in a backpack (15 bottles). We made a short stop at a local family fresh fruit stand, yummy. They helped getting a taxicab for our return to the shopping mall by the cruise ship. We liked the smaller group size and personal attention by tour guide.
Reviewer: 2020 Adventures
5 Stars
Excellent Tour
February 19, 2020
This was a great tour. The bus was comfy on the way out and the tour guides were extremely knowledgeable. Even though there is a lot of walking, the tour is just long enough, but it isn’t too short either. We even stopped for fresh fruit!
Reviewer: Mike Goebel
5 Stars
Nice day at Costa Maya
February 11, 2020
Informative tour, made so by our excellent guide and driver. The van is late model, clean and well maintained. I visited Tulum years ago and felt the Chacchoben ruins were more interesting
Reviewer: JPL
5 Stars
Great guide and sights
February 06, 2020
Our tour guide was Edder (no typo). He made the experience well worth the time. He is a certified guide and he taught us a lot about Mayan history. He was very attentive and he showed us the ruins in detail. The small group size was a bonus. The driver, Edgar, was also punctual.
Reviewer: Nicholls
5 Stars
Awesome!
February 05, 2020
We went to Chacchoben Mayan Ruins and everything was perfect. We loved it!
Reviewer: https://sites.google.com/view/costamaya/
5 Stars
mayan ruins
February 04, 2020
Very very well done .First class excursion.
Reviewer: Robert A Regalis
5 Stars
Excellent Tour
January 28, 2020
We had a wonderful time exploring the Mayan ruins with our knowledgeable guide, Lorenzo. He readily answered endless questions and went to a lot of trouble to ensure everyone got the most from the day out. Can't recommend this company highly enough. Don't be put off by the short walk from the cruise port to the HQ, the office is clean, the staff welcoming and helpful. Excellent experience and great value
Reviewer: Linda Ballard
5 Stars
Great experience
January 27, 2020
The bus ride out is a long one, but it is worth the trip. The ruins are amazing. We also saw some monkeys as well. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
Reviewer: Scott Jackson
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
January 26, 2020
Excelente.
Reviewer: Jackie zaga
5 Stars
Great for all ages.
January 22, 2020
We enjoyed seeing the ruins. Would have rated it 5 if the guide told us more about the ancient ruins and the history of the structures.
Reviewer: Phyllis Plasky
4 Stars
What an incredible experience!
January 16, 2020
This is a must see/do! The tour guide was wonderful and I learned so much!
Reviewer: Lisa
5 Stars
Excellent Guide
January 15, 2020
The excursion we took to the mayan ruins was great. Only thing which is a bit difficult is to find the travel agents office. Need to walk a bit. After that everything was great. We got a great guide by name Ivan. It is he who made the trip worth. He has very good grasp of history and enthusiasm to share with all. All the questions answered.
Reviewer: Suraj
5 Stars
Fun experience, packed with info!
January 15, 2020
It was really neat to see the Mayan ruins, although it was a fairly large group, so a little bit hard to hear the tour guide unless you're at the front of the pack. Still a fantastic experience to marvel at the ancient ruins and learn about what their lives were like back then.
Reviewer: Veronica
4 Stars
Excellent guide
January 14, 2020
Our guide was very knowledgeable as well as entertaining. We learned a lot about the Mayan culture and Costa Maya.
Reviewer: Ron Kempf
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
January 14, 2020
This was a fantastic excursion! Our guide & driver were very kind and hospitable. The 4 hours was perfect. We had plenty of time at the ruins and learned the history of the Mayan people and the Mayan calendar. I highly Recommend this excursion!
Reviewer: Jeannie Fanjoy
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
January 13, 2020
It was an okay tour. The time was given to some not relevant information that could be given to just some time for self exploring and providing info related to the site. It could be much shorter tour.
Reviewer: KAMRAN DERAKHSHAN
3 Stars
Educational Experience about the Mayan Culture
January 10, 2020
Our guide was superior. We learned about the Mayan culture and people while touring the ruins. It is a tragedy that the country is not doing very much to preserve the history of these fascinating and intelligent people. A must see for anyone visiting Costa Maya.
Reviewer: Mary Beth McQuary
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
January 09, 2020
Use Shore Excursions instead of booking tours with your cruise line to avoid large groups and crowded buses!!! Our tour guide was a knowledgeable college professor and archeologist. He provided interesting and entertaining information on the mini bus and during the tour. Fantastic experience at a great price!
Reviewer: Marlene Graf
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
January 09, 2020
The best tour of our cruise. The guide was very knowledgeable and explained everything very well. Mini van was almost new. The bus driver also was very helpful and even offered additional water bottles in middle of tour.
Reviewer: R. Martinec
5 Stars
A Wonderful Day Of History And Ancient Sites
January 08, 2020
The tour was really good. From the new buses to the expert guide Bernardo, my family and I really enjoyed the trip. Each site feature, building and tree/plant was described in detail along with how the population lived and played. We had some rain but it was still well worth the cost. The short walk to the bus site was no issue at all. We would highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Erick Zimmerman
5 Stars
We saw monkeys
January 08, 2020
My excursion to Chacchoben was awesome. It was amazing to see monkeys up close! We learn a lot from the tour guide and he was very entertaining.
Reviewer: Marcus McCoy
4 Stars
awesome tour
January 07, 2020
very good tour. great tour guide. very organized
Reviewer: lisa
5 Stars
Lot of History
January 03, 2020
Hugo, was very informative and knowledgable about the ruins. Couldn't, have a better guide. His driver and associate was helpful as well.
Reviewer: Rod
5 Stars
Excellent tour!
January 02, 2020
Hugo was a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide for us. We learned things from him on the bus ride as well as at the site. We recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Greg Brennan
5 Stars
Very interesting and informative tour
January 02, 2020
Very good guide, filled with local knowledge. Very much enjoyed hiking around the pyramids and seeing the monkeys.
Reviewer: Kelly McAree
5 Stars
Excellent Excursion
December 30, 2019
It was a relatively short walk to the excursion office. We were well welcomed by the tour guide and others and boarded onto a nice luxury bus. Water was distributed for the hour-long trip. All along the way we heard history of the area, and when we arrived, it was a beautiful site. There was a canteen and gift vendors. The guide was EXCELLENT - well knowledgable and entertaining, making the history come alive! He knew everything - including the plants and animals. There was a family of monkeys that were also entertaining. The site was shaded and comfortable. It was Excellent.
Reviewer: Janey Nieboer
5 Stars
Excellent choice
December 27, 2019
This excursion was an excellent choice for us. It gave us the opportunity to visit impressive ruins and learn a lot about Mayan civilization without having to endure the lengthy bus rides of other sites. Our specific tour had two full hours at the ruins. Other tours only had one hour, with other options. The tour group was highly professional, with Elliot and Lorenzo giving competent and especially informative presentations throughout, and the van used for transportation was a current model and in first-rate shape. The only wrinkle in the entire excursion was having to find our way out of the port (the map of the port facility is not fully accurate since there is construction in the port). Even with a couple of wrong turns and some backtracking, we still made it to the tour with plenty of time to spare. Easy walking distance.
Reviewer: Isaac
5 Stars
Enjoyable
December 25, 2019
There is a bit walk from the port to the office. We rushed over and late, but they sent out another bus for us! The tour guide was fun and knowledgeable. On our way back, he took us to try local pineapples. It was so good!! Our overall experience was very good. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Cindy
4 Stars
Worthwhile
December 17, 2019
I was nervous about finding the company. But we found it without trouble. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we made a few stops for local produce on the way back. We saw monkeys and a toucan in the jungle near the ruins. The shuttle was new and comfortable.
Reviewer: Eric Hallett
4 Stars
Chacchoben ruins
December 12, 2019
One of the best tours I have taken. Very knowledgeable staff. Also, Went out of there way to accommodate a friend with walking problems. Definitely recommend this tour group.
Reviewer: Pat
5 Stars
Excellent
December 05, 2019
Hugo and Abel did our tour of the Mayan Ruins. It was an amazing. Hugo was a great teacher and we learned many things about Mayan life. I feel it is one of the best tours I have ever gone on. I just want to say thank you for such an amazing experience.
Reviewer: Nicole Simmons
5 Stars
Authentic Mayan tour guide
November 26, 2019
This company are a few minutes walk away from the flurry of other tours closer to the pier (because they were forced out by the big boys!) but they were well run and utterly professional and helpful. Our guide was a local Mayan whose family had lived on the same land for many generations and he brought an authenticity to the tour and invaluable information. The Driver was also super helpful and drove our full minibus safely and well. This seems the only genuine and worthwhile tourist attraction in Costa Maya. The port is rubbish, over-priced and trashy, but this was definitely worth getting off the boat for.
Reviewer: Dominic
5 Stars
Outstanding and informative
November 11, 2019
Hugo and Miguel were exemplary hosts for this excellent tour - knowledgeable and professional. The tour is very highly recommended.
Reviewer: Christopher Brown
5 Stars
Great tour
November 03, 2019
It was great experience. A little walk to the meeting point but the detail map was very helpful. Our tour guide was nice and very knowledgeable. Both the guide and driver had lots of water to make sure we all were hydrated. Also, the driver also carried umbrellas which we used too. Highly recommended!
Reviewer: Mai Wilson
5 Stars
Great way to see the area and Mayan ruins!
November 02, 2019
We were a group of 7 and each of.us enjoyed the tour with Rose and Saul. Rose was friendly and full of information on the ride there and during the tour. Beautiful site!! Don't pass up the pineapple with seasoning on the way back! Do give yourself about 30 minutes to walk from the ship to the office.
Reviewer: Shelly
5 Stars
Amazing tour guide
October 26, 2019
We could not have chosen a better tour for Chacchoben. Our tour guide grew up in these ruins literally. His knowledge and passion for the site comes through as you take the tour. When you are looking for the tour start it does seem a little sketchy because it’s a good walk from the boat but this is 110% worth it!
Reviewer: Tracy french
5 Stars
Must see
October 16, 2019
Such a treasure. We’d been to several of the larger Mayan ruin sites, so this smaller “settlement” was very interesting to us. The history, architecture and as always aesthetics of this Mayan village was well worth it, and a recommended excursion.
Reviewer: David Conner
5 Stars
Love Tour
October 11, 2019
I loved this tour. A little walk to the meeting place but not difficult to find. Hugo was our tour guide and was so knowledgeable and able to answer all questions. Plenty of time at the ruins and plenty of water was given to keep us hydrated. so glad we chose this tour and a thanks to Hugo for making it wonderful.
Reviewer: Nancy Richardson
5 Stars
Great tour and knowledgeable guide
September 24, 2019
Lorenzo was great! He provided so much information and encouraged questions from the group. Our tour of the Chacchoben Ruins was beautiful. On the way back we stopped in Pineapple town to get some fresh pineapple and dragonfruit. Both Lorenzo and the driver provided water bottles to the group to make sure we stay hydrated. If I am ever back in the area, I will definitely try another tour ran by this company.
Reviewer: Lauren
5 Stars
Highly Recommend
September 10, 2019
This was an excellent excursion. We learned a lot about the Mayan culture and our guide was superb.
Reviewer: James G. Stobie
5 Stars
beautiful historical place
September 07, 2019
I would recommend this excursion. The guide was knowledgeable, kind and provided interesting historical facts through the ride to the ruins, he kept us entertained. The only comment I have is it was really hard to find the office and would have been better to have a guide at the port to collect us and lead us to the bus. Overall, great experience. Loved hearing about the Mayan History.
Reviewer: Krisztina Nemenyi
4 Stars
Definitely worth your time!
August 21, 2019
I have to give props to the guide on this one! He was phenomenal and absolutely made the tour!! I would have paid more for this experience just for him! I can’t remember his name but he deserves a raise! An amazing experience and way worth the money!
Reviewer: Josh hatch
5 Stars
Nice but not for kids
August 08, 2019
We had a great time and our guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. We had young kids hat got hot, bored and hungry quick so he told us were to go to have refreshments and wait for the group.
Reviewer: F Stevens
5 Stars
The Guide Was the Best Part of the Tour
July 18, 2019
The guide was amazing! He knew everything about Mayan culture and history and welcomed questions. I loved his personalization of the community. He seemed genuinely interested in his work and fascinated by the subject he was talking about. 100% made the heat unnoticeable. The driver was also amazing, very careful. He also gave us cold water at every opportunity. We loved that they didn't skimp on the water. The water was pretty much unlimited. Overall, one of the best excursions, not only because of the ruins (which were amazing), but because of the staff as well.
Reviewer: Anna Tyrina
5 Stars
Mayan Ruins Excursion
July 18, 2019
Very nice excursion. A short walk from the cruise port and to where we were picked up and then 35 to 40 drives to our destination. Our tour guys were very knowledgeable about the history of Chacchoben temples and answer all of your questions patiently. I would recommend this trip to anyone
Reviewer: Tim P
5 Stars
Great Guide
July 06, 2019
The directions to the location were easy to follow and once we arrived the air conditioned van was ready for us. Our guide Hugo and driver Tacho were the best! Cold water available on the ride and at destination. Hugo was very knowledgable and friendly. He gave us information about the area as well as the ruins. Would recommend this to anyone!
Reviewer: Ashley Wilson
5 Stars
Good experience
July 05, 2019
Very organized trip and professional guide. Pick up and return on time. Very impressive!
Reviewer: Wei Ding
4 Stars
Costa Maya Chacchoben
July 01, 2019
We enjoyed the ruins. Be prepared to walk a distance to get to the office to meet your minivan transportation. The minivan was very nice and the driver was friendly and a good driver. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. She answered all our questions and kept us moving through the ruins at a comfortable pace. She provided bottle water to keep us hydrated because it was hot. At the ruins there was a lady selling authentic tacos and tostadas that were delicious. On the way back to the ship we were able to stop at a road side market to buy fresh pineapple and mango. I would definitely book another excursion with them in the future.
Reviewer: Donnell Primm
5 Stars
Fabulous Day!
July 01, 2019
We booked this excursion for our family of 5 directly with Shore Excursions and not through the cruise line. The email confirmation included directions to the tour location which were simple and east to follow. At first you are unsure as you leave the port area to meet at the "Mayan" temple down the road. Be prepared to be greeted with kindness and hospitality. Our tour guide Eliseo was sweet and very knowledgeable noting many facts about the area & the Mayan culture on the 45 minute ride to the ruins. Our driver, Lucio, drove use there safely. We spent approximately 1 1/2 hours at the ruins and we were so excited to see Spider Monkeys in their natural habitat. The ride back include swimming with lunch & drinks included at a nearby beach followed by a drop-off close to the port. Feel free to reach out with any questions.
Reviewer: Effie Trihas
5 Stars
Amazing time!
June 25, 2019
The tour guide Fabiola was amazing with all her knowledge. The ruins were great to see. We even saw some wild monkeys, ate some natural gum, and had a tasty snack on the way back to the port.
Reviewer: Zua
5 Stars
Fun Times at the ruins.
June 21, 2019
The departure point was about a mile from the cruise pier. The directions to the office were easy to follow. Once we got to the office there was cold water and an airconditioned van waiting for us. The ride to the ruins was about an hour. There are nice restroom facilities and some souvenirs and a snackbar at the ruins. Our guide at chacchoben was knowledgeable and entertaining. The ruins were amazing and the guide gave us plenty of time to explore and take pictures.
Reviewer: James Ritter
5 Stars
Great experience with local guides and residents
June 08, 2019
We really enjoyed Erick as our guide. A Mayan descendent and very knowledgeable about the history of his ancestors. The ruins were interesting but the best part of our excursion was the lunch provided by a local group of women. Tortilla making and hibiscus tea along with delicious homemade chicken, beans, tamales, vegetables. A great time! Would do it again!
Reviewer: Cheryl Washburn-Lander
5 Stars
Mayan tour
June 06, 2019
Our guide on this tour was very knowledgeable about the history of Mayans. She was ver entertaing, we were never bored. Great tour, enjoyed it.
Reviewer: Rieke
5 Stars
Highly Recommended
June 01, 2019
Other than a long walk to the location, the total experience was awesome. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided a fun atmosphere.
Reviewer: Richard Shaffer
5 Stars
Great tour
May 23, 2019
The guide was very knowledgable and answered all our questions. They also offered bug spray and water. Very interesting tour.
Reviewer: Tania Garcia
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
May 21, 2019
We were on a Cruise and booked this trip thru Costco travel. This was so easy to do, the booking was simple to do, email confirmation was sent straight away with perfect instructions where to find them from the port which was five minutes away. Our tour guide was an excellent local guide who spoke great English. A worth while visit with this company. Will definitely recommend.
Reviewer: Grace
5 Stars
Great Tour
May 15, 2019
Walking to the pickup point alone was a little nerve wracking, but once I got there I felt safe and protected. The guys doing the tour were so sweet and helpful. We made it back in time and I still had time to shop and get back to the cruise ship. Definitely worth doing this tour!
Reviewer: Ella Titus
5 Stars
Native Choice Tours Five Stars
May 14, 2019
You’ll ride in a 15 person mini bus rather than a mega bus. Loved the personal attention. Make sure you get Ron as your leader. He was tremendous. To be honest I could’ve sat and listen to his stories all day long and not gotten off the bus. Funny and knowledgeable. As for the ruins it was the perfect length tour.
Reviewer: Kevin Marsh
5 Stars
Costa Maya cruise
May 10, 2019
The tour guide was great...very knowledgeable and friendly. The bus was perfect...comfortable and air conditioned! I really enjoyed the excursion.
Reviewer: Jeri G
5 Stars
Costa Mayan Ruins
May 09, 2019
This trip was really excellent!!! - Our guide on the bus - Hugo - was terrific - really knowledgeable and informative. When we reached the site, we divided into two groups and I went with David's group. He was even more amazing!!! - He is that rare mix of someone who is not only immersed in his subject, but also passionate about it - and conveys that to his participants. Also learned that he is co-founder of the company - so he probably doesn't need to be guiding, but he loves to do it. I learned more about Mayan culture that day than ever before - and not just "text book" information - real life and stories about that fascinating time in history. I would definitely book this trip again!!!
Reviewer: Sarah Grant Reid
5 Stars
Excellent look into the Myan Past
May 04, 2019
We really enjoyed this shore excursion in Costa Maya. The shuttle bus was comfortable and had AC. Our guide was of Mayan ansestry, and did a great job explaining things and filling us un with all the cool historical facts about the area. Would definitely recommend this excursion.
Reviewer: Zane Ross
5 Stars
Great tour
May 02, 2019
I book this tour .. The transfer great ..the driver very nice no english we understand him .. The tour guide agains talk talk ..i decide to go and do alot photo .. The driver very nice come to us with bottle of water ..thanks alot . I liked very much .. but tour guide need to give more free time .. Some history and look around will be better .. Recommandation yes is very nice
Reviewer: Samia Nabli
5 Stars
Costa maya’s Mayan ruins
April 26, 2019
It was good. Only negative is they should have their representatives near exit so they can guide where to go to board for excursions.
Reviewer: Govind Patel
5 Stars
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
April 25, 2019
the tour was great! and the guide was fantastic!
Reviewer: LYNN Yates
5 Stars
5 stars
April 17, 2019
Was a wonderful experience. Only complaint I have is no time to “shop local artist wears”. Would do the experience again.
Reviewer: Brenda Noellert
5 Stars
Ruins
April 12, 2019
Our family thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The guide was very interesting and the ruins were fascinating. Well worth the day!
Reviewer: Melissa Khorana
5 Stars
Great Experience
April 10, 2019
This was one of the best experiences I have had. The guides were very educated in their subject and truly nice men. The bus was comfy and clean. I learned so much about the Mayan people, their accomplishments, and the reason for their decline. I would highly recommend this tour company.
Reviewer: Karen Quanstrom
5 Stars
Excellent guide
April 03, 2019
The highlight of the tour was the guide. She knew what was talking about, very nice with everybody. Obvious in her that she spent many years in Europe. The place itself is not that impressive when you have seen Tikal or other ruins. Yet nice to review and you always learn something, while walking in the wild is beautiful as well
Reviewer: oscar prieto
4 Stars
Mayan Ruins Chaccohoben
April 03, 2019
Well organized with a helpful, courteous staff. The leader (commentator) was very well informed, pleasant, and patient. Would definitely recommend this excursion.
Reviewer: June Jakubowski
5 Stars
Very Well Organized, Great Guide
April 02, 2019
Bus drive and tour were well organized. The guide was very knowledgeable and gave an extensive insight into the Mayan culture and history. The ruins were interesting to see, but somewhat underwhelming. However, the forest setting is quite beautiful.
Reviewer: Alfred Lobo
4 Stars
Great experience
April 02, 2019
The guide was great. She has knowledges and informations about Mayan historical monument. So easley explained for even little kids. My family had a great time and experience.. And yummy pineapple.^^
Reviewer: mikyung stokes
5 Stars
Amazing
March 30, 2019
There are 3000 tour guides in Costa Maya; only 30 of the guides are actually Mayan. Ishmael is and was our guide. Unbelievable insights into the culture and history. These ruins were discovered in the 90s! I would go again. Do it.
Reviewer: Mary
5 Stars
Great Excursion with an excellent guide!
March 17, 2019
Four of us attended this excursion and all agreed that we had a great experience. Our guide Edder, was very knowledgable and took time to explain the history, meaning and evolution of the ruins and Mayan culture. I would recommend this excursion to anyone. Our driver Habner took good care of us making sure we were safe, hydrated and fed. Thank you to both of them for a great experience!
Reviewer: Patty D'Amico
5 Stars
Fantastic tour!
March 16, 2019
Fantastic tour by Native Choice, Hugo was our guide. He was very knowledgeable about the Mayan culture and the flora and fauna of the area.
Reviewer: Merrilyn
5 Stars
Fun trip and educational
March 16, 2019
At first it was a little challenging to figure out where to meet the tour people, but once we figured it out - it was a pleasant experience. We enjoyed the very nicely equipped bus to the ruins and our tour guide along the way told us quite about the local history. Enrique, who was our guide along the tour of the ruins was knowledgeable and friendly. Easy to understand. The walk from one ruin to the next was a bit bumpy and uneven terrain and I'd recommend closed toed comfortable shoes. The ride back to the ship was very pleasant as well. Elliot explained more about the local people and the farmers who were harvesting and selling pineapples. We even stopped at a road side stand and got some sliced pineapple and fruit spices to enjoy on the ride.
Reviewer: Mary Kate Fierke
5 Stars
Excellent tour - knowledgeable guide
March 16, 2019
We loved the Chaccoben ruins - there were many temples there, not just one. We got to climb 2 of them. The guide was a teacher and very knowledgeable about the Mayan history and culture. There was a shopping area near the site and a small table selling the most delicious tamales I've ever had. (nothing like a tamale I've experienced in the U.S.). The guide taught us the entire trip to the ruins. On the way back we stopped on the side of the road at a pineapple farm and bought a bag of fresh pineapple rings with chipotle power to sprinkle on them (the way they eat it in Mexico). Then we had a little time to shop at the cruise port, which was beautiful. The best thing was this excursion was affordable and run by "native choice," which is a small company owned by the locals. We appreciated giving our business to them rather than the overpriced cruise line excursions where all the money just goes back to the cruise line. We highly recommend this tour and the "native choice" company!!
Reviewer: Joanna Hirvela
5 Stars
Wonderful Tour
March 13, 2019
Very interesting and informative tour of this area of Mexico. Tour Guide (sorry can’t remember his name) presented us with many fascinating facts about the Mayan culture as well as flora/fauna of the area. I was a bit concerned about the whole ‘getting back to the ship on time issue’ but this was not a concern at all! I would definitely recommend this tour!
Reviewer: Carol
5 Stars
Excellent informative tour
March 09, 2019
This tour was excellent. The driver guide and bus were all of the highest standard.
Reviewer: Mike Hassett
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
March 08, 2019
We really enjoys out Mayan Ruins excursion. Our tour guide was fantastic, he went above and beyond with telling everything he showed us. His assistant was great as well! I would highly recommend taking this excursion!
Reviewer: Sheryl
4 Stars
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
March 06, 2019
Guide was great lots of information.But it was very far to walk to get to the tour.They dropped us off closer to the ship when we got back. Overall was a great tour.
Reviewer: delta r kovar
5 Stars
A fun and Interesting Day
March 05, 2019
An excursion has many parts--not only the destination, but the tour operator, the guide, and how the experience is delivered. Unlike other reviews where the number of tourists was 1 couple and they essentially had a private tour, our tour was busy. There were 3 large ships in port, and it seemed everyone wanted to go to the ruins. The people at the office were pleasant and got us checked in quickly. Getting us onto the 3 buses going to the ruins was well organized. Our tour guide, David, was organized and informative, and kept his mini-lectures at the ruins the proper duration to provide us information about the Mayans and their life/culture while keeping an eye out for other tour groups so he knew when to move us to the next location. All in all, it was a pleasant day where we saw ruins, learned about aspects of Mayan life, and were of informed a bit about how archeologists seek clues at the ruins to piece together life during the period when the site was an active community.
Reviewer: Irv Ellner
4 Stars
Fantastic excursion
March 03, 2019
The tour guide was absolutely fantastic, very well informed. He made the trip interesting, enjoyable and we really recommend to the cruise passengers to book with small group to visit the sites with longer time. We saw the rush from the big groups coming from our cruise.
Reviewer: Nancy Anderson
5 Stars
Great Excursion
February 28, 2019
Able was a great guide with very interesting information. Hugo was the driver and he also gave us water.
Reviewer: Patton
5 Stars
Great tour
February 27, 2019
We had one of the best tour guides and I don’t remember his name. The tour was the best. Need to be in good shape to climb some of those steps.
Reviewer: Lucy Maiello
5 Stars
Great guide
February 26, 2019
Beautiful ruins. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us lots of time to explore.
Reviewer: Starr
5 Stars
EXCELLENT - Highly suggest!
February 25, 2019
We really enjoyed our visit to the Chacchoben ruins. Jose Manuel (guide) and Edgar (driver) are a great team. Jose Manuel really knows his history and can answer practically any question. The pace of the tour was great. There were some stairs to climb for one part of the tour, and well worth it. We learned a lot this day about Mayan culture and history. Definitely recommend this tour!
Reviewer: Kate Joerger
5 Stars
Great experience
February 21, 2019
This was a very good experience. We were treated with professionalism. Our tour guide far exceeded our expectations. Highly recommend.
Reviewer: Sandy
5 Stars
Wonderful Experience
February 20, 2019
While on our Western Caribbean cruise, we had several opportunities to visit Mayan ruins. We picked this one mostly at random, but it turned out to be an excellent choice. Edder, our guide, was fantastic. His English is very good and he was very knowledgeable about the the area and the Mayan culture as well. Additionally, our driver, Malin (sorry, don't know how to spell it) contributed much by pointing out artifacts, retrieving plants, etc. All in all a very enjoyable and informational tour. I highly recommend it.
Reviewer: Brad Froemming
5 Stars
Fabulous Tour of the Mayan Ruins
February 20, 2019
We did not know what we would be expecting when we went on the excursion to see the ruins. First of all, the tour company is outside the port, so follow your instructions as to how to get to their office. There was someone out to help guide tourists to their office. The participants were made to feel welcome and included while we waited for there to be enough to fill the bus for our trip to the site. We were told that our guide for the excursion would be Ivan. Ivan was a wonderful guide for the 2 hour tour through the site. He was Mayan and passionate about the culture and the history of the civilization and made it so meaningful and authentic as we made our way through the site. We totally enjoyed the trip and have no regrets. The bus ride was safe and direct from the port to the site. We would recommend this tour to anyone.
Reviewer: Greg Freeman
5 Stars
Wow!
February 11, 2019
Personnaly, I was not sure to love this. A perfect guide, beautifull Sunny day and great informations give by our guide make this day one of the best of our Cruise trip. Guide, Bus and information given was perfect. For those like me who search for the exit, do the half-moon turn inside the Shops... until the far end. Indication for exit by yourself is poor.... Should be more details....Lost 10minutes to find the exit. But the experience worth it!
Reviewer: Stephan Germain
5 Stars
Excellent
February 08, 2019
Got to see much more than I expected. It was wonderful. Guide was great.
Reviewer: Steve Slater
5 Stars
Excellent Tour
February 07, 2019
Cannot say enough about the energy and professionalism that the tour guides displayed. Never have we experienced guides with such a vast knowledge in the Mayan Ruins.
Reviewer: Samara Bradley
5 Stars
Chacchoben Mayan ruins
February 07, 2019
Guide was well organized and versed on Mayan culture. Interesting excursion that I would recommend for all.
Reviewer: Edith George
5 Stars
What a wonderful experience
February 03, 2019
My daughter and I decided to do a different Mayan ruin and we couldn’t have been happier with our choice. Our guide was personable, knowledgeable and fun. Although you could climb much on the ruins you got to experience the aw of it all. Would definitely do it again.
Reviewer: Lori Goodale
5 Stars
Better than expected
February 03, 2019
I'll be honest- this one was not my choice. But Fabiola made the experience wonderful and one I would highly recommend. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. I was worried it would be a long, hot, boring tour, but Chacchoben is a manageable size and was easy enough for even the older and less mobile members of our group.
Reviewer: Adrienne
5 Stars
Excellent day
January 26, 2019
The trip was well organized and the tour guide very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this trip.
Reviewer: Anne Packham
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
January 18, 2019
Very well organized excursion. We had to walk about 1 mi from the ship terminal to the bus. We asked for directions and all of them were correct. We got really lucky with the guide (Ivan). He is an anthropologist, he can talk well, and he provided a lot of interesting information, both on the bus , and on the site.The site is amazing. It consists of many Mayan ancient structures. It is surrounded by the rain forest. A lot of walking, climbing the piramides, a lot of history.
Reviewer: Vladimir Bykhovsky
5 Stars
Mayan ruins without a 3 hr bus trip
January 18, 2019
This was a great tour. The guide was super knowledgeable. He gave a lot of great info during the 45 min bus ride to the ruins. There was a lot of shade at the ruin site which made for a nice temperature. We saw a restored pyramid, an area that would have been the homes of several families and two more pyramids. Along the way, our guide told us about many of the trees and their medicinal properties, such as a tree that helps diabetes. We chewed on allspice leaves and learned that they also contain novacaine. We also learned about Mayan gum and chiclets! On the way back, we stopped to buy some delicious pineapple. It was nice that these ruins were only 45 minutes from the port. It made for a bus ride that was just the right length. The bus was clean, comfortable and air-conditioned. Our only complaint was that the meeting place for the tour was a bit of a walk and it was very confusing as to how to get out of the port area. Overall, we would highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Ken Houston
5 Stars
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
January 11, 2019
Excellent tour. Great guides. Divided our group into 2 smaller groups for the guided tour. Guides very knowledgeable. Concerned about walk to the pickup point since they don't pick you up at the pier, but the walk was easy and finding the location was not difficult.
Reviewer: John Pearson
5 Stars
Tour of the Mayan Ruins
January 11, 2019
Finding the location was a challenges but once there, every thing was well organized. tThe group size was just right , enabling the tour guides to explain the culture ,history etc. However, a micro phone would be helpful. Both the driver and tour guide were friendly and reasonably conversant in the English language. The tour guide was very knowledgable about the Ruins and covered a lot of ground in the allocated time.
Reviewer: Ramesh ,Manju Mandal
4 Stars
Review
January 07, 2019
Our tour guides were excellent! They were very informative. They were patient with our children, we had four, ranging from 5 to 8. We would recommend these guides to anyone. Great job!!!
Reviewer: Geneva M. Bowen
5 Stars
Outstanding Tour
January 04, 2019
Outstanding tour! We were in a small tour group of 15, versus most other tours were buses of 40+ people. Eddar, our guide, was knowledgeable, warm and enthusiastic. A great day!
Reviewer: David
5 Stars
Us this company.
December 27, 2018
One of the best excursions we have taken. Our guide was the most knowledgeable of Mayan history, we learned so much about these extremely smart people. The ruins are awesome, make sure you climb to the top. We stopped for pineapple slices on the way back, just another added treat.
Reviewer: Dennis Crary
5 Stars
Chacchoben tour with Mayan Trips
December 18, 2018
Fantastic Tour We were assigned Aaron (driver) and Roberto (guide): Aaron was fantastic. Thanks for a smooth and safe trip. Roberto gave us a history lesson about the Mayan culture;calendar & numbering system; the rise and fall of the Mayan’s At Checchoben, he walked with us at a pace that was comfortable for all; allowed us to take whatever time we wanted to take photos & explore the site. He pointed out some spider monkeys in the trees overhead & we watched them forage. Roberto was very attentive as a guide We stopped at a Pineapple Vendor & they bought us some Honey Pineapple to sample( try it with the chilli powder). We also bought some Plantain chips. The best I’ve had in a long time. I would highly recommend Roberto and Aaron. What a wonderful tour. Definitely 5 stars.. Great to support locals directly & it was reassuring that this tour was guaranteed to get you back to the cruise ship if not they will take you to the next port Keep up the great work guys
Reviewer: Gerry and Claude
5 Stars
Wonderful tour with Israel and Joel
December 09, 2018
Exit the terminal and shopping area, you are met by a guide & someone walks you to the sign up area. Use restroom before leaving terminal because approximately 45 minute drive to ruins. You can pay balance in cash or credit card. You are offered something cold to drink. Only waited few minutes for driver and van was nice and cool. Drive through undeveloped areas and small communities of farmers and ranchers. Be sure to try delicious pineapple on drive back. Gift shop & restrooms when arrive at site. As you walk through the ruins, our guide Joel was very knowledgeable and helped you understand the Mayan way of life and why they lived and practiced the way they did. Easy walk and there is a managible climb at the end that has 2 ruins at the top & can view current dig site. It was a hot day and Israel met us was with a cold drink as we walked back to the van. Will offer to take you to beach when get back to port. Would highly recommend tour and if possible ask for Israel and Joel!
Reviewer: Gary and Kathy
5 Stars
Great tour Guides (ask for them)
December 06, 2018
Met up with the Guides Lorenzo, Anjelica and Miguel the driver. The drive is about an hour a way from the port. Anjelica described the local lifestyle, cuisine, customs and ways to give a very good understanding of her homeland. Once at the Ruins Lorenzo started the tour. His knowledge of the ways of the Myan was the BEST that I have been to. I was very impressed with this group. Miguel did not say much , but he was always in the background with anything that one may need or want. Thank you from Your Florida friends.
Reviewer: Tim Davis
5 Stars
Fun & Informative
November 29, 2018
Our family was so impressed with our excursion with Native Choice. Our guide, Hugo provided interesting history and details about the area. Edgar, our driver provided a safe and comfortable ride to Chacchoben. Our teenagers enjoyed this tour as much as my husband and I did.
Reviewer: Alicia Byrd
5 Stars
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November 18, 2018
Hugo was our tour guide. It was the best tour ever. He started when we boarded and was engaging. We learned so much. I would highly recommend this.
Reviewer: Patty
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan
October 23, 2018
If you would like to see some Mayan ruins then by all means go on this excursion. The provider of the excursion was outstanding and went beyond our expectations in taking care of us. We had a very enjoyable time.
Reviewer: Lynn Samsel
5 Stars
Good
October 10, 2018
Very interesting, especially so since the guide in the van and the guide at the site gave you so much info We walked from our cruise ship, directions a little sketchy
Reviewer: Phil and Carole
5 Stars
Costa Maya’s Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
October 08, 2018
Had a hard time finding the place along with other people who also had a hard time finding the place. My suggestion would be to have someone at the end of the pier to walk us to the place. Other than that a really good time. Would recommend to all my friends.
Reviewer: Marina Boons
4 Stars
very good experience
September 03, 2018
Very experienced tour guide and very good experience
Reviewer: Dorian Yeh
5 Stars
The Guides were knowledgeable and friendly!
August 30, 2018
Our guides were the best. They keep the groups small, so you can hear the guide and ask questions. The ruins are very interesting and the guides bring them to life by the stories they tell about the ruins and the surrounding land. We were beside some large groups and people couldn't hear and were getting left behind, so we were thankful for our guide.
Reviewer: Melanie Bittinger
5 Stars
Great excursion
August 28, 2018
Our tour guide, David, was very knowledgeable. The walk to the excursion starting point we a little sketchy. Otherwise, everything was fine.
Reviewer: Bridget M
5 Stars
Chacchoben
August 27, 2018
The tour was great and our guides Fabiola, Abel were awesome.
Reviewer: Rama Aditya
5 Stars
Mayan Ruins
August 20, 2018
This was a fantastic tour of a fascinating site. Our guide, Juan, was extremely knowledgable and friendly. He would talk to the group as a whole and also had plenty of time to talk to people individually. The ruins were beautiful, definitely worth the visit. The minibus journey was comfortable and plenty of water was provided.
Reviewer: Juliet Grainger
5 Stars
Very good organization and guide
August 06, 2018
All worked perfectly and the site is worth to visit. The guides are really an added value and we did enjoy the excursion. From the port there is a little walking to where the excursion start but the directions received were quite well made. Recommended.
Reviewer: Vincenzo Carpita
4 Stars
Wonderful people, super sketchy location
July 30, 2018
Great tour, knowledgeable folks - but not worth the savings to walk outside the gated pier and walk past MULTIPLE groups of suspect locals pretending to be our tour group. It is quite a hike from the pier and honestly did NOT AT ALL feel safe
Reviewer: Eurosue
4 Stars
Great excursion!
July 16, 2018
We had a wonderful time on this excursion! The Native Choice office personnel were friendly, organized and professional. Had a very comfy air conditioned bus to take us to the ruins, and we were toured through them with a lot of history thrown in and the way to the ruins. We stopped and had fresh pineapple and chili powder - trust me, it was amazing! I highly recommend. Our tour guide's name was Hugo, and he was the best!
Reviewer: Penny Breslin
5 Stars
Costa Maya Chacchoben Mayan Ruin tour
July 16, 2018
This tour was excellent and I would HIGHLY recommend it. It was the second tour we took through Shore Excursions while on our cruise and the difference was like night and day. The tour team was very organized! We were offered water and drove in an air conditioned van. Our tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and friendly. I would take this same tour a second time!
Reviewer: Jennifer Infanti
5 Stars
Best View of the Myan Culture
July 09, 2018
Although the walk to the start of the tour was much too long, but everything else was done very professionally. We took our family (chldren and grands) on the cruise, and thie is the first time the grands had been exposed the the Mayan culture. I learned much more from our guide than I about the culture than I have in the past.
Reviewer: George E Waite
5 Stars
Knowledgeable guide, interesting ruins
June 11, 2018
Our guide was Mayan with a masters in history. He had a lot of cool history to share with us. Without the history lessons, browsing the ruins would have been a little underwhelming, but the history made it worthwhile.
Reviewer: Gordon Lemmon
4 Stars
Costa Maya Tour
May 24, 2018
The tour was well pace and the guide was very knowledgeable. I had a good time.
Reviewer: Linda
5 Stars
Costa Maya Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
May 22, 2018
The excursion was excellent. The guides were very informative and we had no issues getting to and from the meeting place. In addition, it was cheaper than the same excursion offered from the cruise line. Would definitely recommend.
Reviewer: Jeff walters
5 Stars
Excursion to the Mayan ruins
May 22, 2018
We were very pleased with this excursion! The guide, L. Gonzales, was very informative, kind, and made the trip very interesting and memorable. They had plenty of good bottled water for us all along the way.
Reviewer: Sandra Tuten
5 Stars
An excellent tour
May 21, 2018
My wife and I both enjoyed this tour. We were at the site for a couple of hours. The tour guide was very well informed and explained everything about the ruins and answered many questions. I cannot think of anything to improve this tour.
Reviewer: Dennis Fuller
5 Stars
Wonderful cultural tour: informative guide Patrick
May 14, 2018
We are glad that we chose priceline and took part in this cultural experience. Patrick is an informative tour guide. As a Mayan himself, he not only interacted with us, but also offered thought-provoking comments on the history, religion, science and arts of ancient Mayans. Love this tour!
Reviewer: Xiaowei Ding
5 Stars
Small Groups and excellent experience
April 30, 2018
Took this tour with Native Choice Tours, They are outside the gates of the shopping center. Entire staff made us feel welcome and comfortable from the moment we arrived at their office. Our guide Gracie & driver Alejandro where terrific. Gracie was knowledgeable on all aspects of the tour. She went out of her way to provide us with extra information. She was the best. If she recommends the pineapple BUY IT!! it was delicious. Alejandro made us feel safe for the entire drive. Our tour group was 10 people compared with the 60 plus that were on the cruise tours. We had great access to the ruins. There is much to see and many photo opportunities. Our kids (12 & 15) loved it. You are able to walk partway up some of the ruins and touch everything. A little walking involved, but not too strenuous. Again a great tour and a terrific company to deal with. New vans, water and umbrellas (for the sun) provided. It is worth the price which was less than going through the cruise company.
Reviewer: Jon Martin
5 Stars
Chacchoben Mayan Ruin
April 30, 2018
Very nice people and feel very safe for the entire tour. strongly recommended
Reviewer: George Chen
5 Stars
Mayan ruins
April 30, 2018
We arrived late for our excursion but not a problem we were wished off in our own mini bus with a guide to catch up with our party . From start to finish the tour was good fun and informative. We loved our tour and the pineapple and cake on our return trip . I can recommend the trip or the staff enough . Fabulous day out from start to finish.
Reviewer: Catherine sansone
5 Stars
The Ruins
April 30, 2018
This was a great tour one of our highlights. The group was small enough so that we could really enjoy the Ruins and our guide Enrique was excellent very informative. We were a little nervous trying to find the tour office...but everyone was friendly and helpful....Looking forward to another tour with this company...Thank you.....
Reviewer: Sonja Riley-Glover
5 Stars
Great trip!
April 30, 2018
Took this tour recently, 6 adults and 5 young children. A wonderful experience! Patricio was our knowledgeable and amiable Mayan guide who instantly knew all our names and engaged us completely in the history of the ruins and Mayan culture. So nice that it turned out to be a private tour! Very hot and a little buggy but Patricio found shade to gather us in To tell us about the temples/ruins. Pineapple/mango stop was fun and pineapple was...ummm...sensational.
Reviewer: Anita Frank
5 Stars
Costa Maya Ruins
April 30, 2018
Great tour! Excellent all around, well worth the price.
Reviewer: Scott
5 Stars
Grizelle
April 16, 2018
Grizelle and Alejandro offered an amazing experience! We enjoyed the education and funny personality of Grizelle.
Reviewer: Christopher Armstrong
5 Stars
Costa Maya Ruins
April 09, 2018
I gave the tour 5 stars due to the tour guide. He was excellent and very knowledgeable. Thought there would be more to the tour.
Reviewer: Joan Hartfield
5 Stars
Interesting
April 09, 2018
I've been to other Mayan ruins before and these are small though are relatively still being discovered. I learned alot and wanted my kids to see (though my teens were not entertained with this excursion). The excursion team was great, the ride about an hour. We stopped on the roadside on the way back for fresh papaya and pineapple (delicious!). Very well done. And they gave you plenty of cold water (free). We did not have any problems with mosquitoes as others complained about......
Reviewer: CJ Kephart
4 Stars
Great Trip
April 09, 2018
We really enjoyed this tour--our guide was very knowledgeable and answered many questions for us. It was about a mile of walking but very easy to negotiate-there were some steps to climb so not totally handicap accessible. We walked from the ship to the pickup area--over a mile but in the early morning it was fine--take a taxi if you can't walk this far. We were delivered back to the dock area afterwards but would have definitely taken a taxi back because of the heat and distance.
Reviewer: Beverly Moon
5 Stars
Great excursion
April 09, 2018
We had a great time during this excursion. The meeting location was a bit of a walk, and getting out of the port a bit confusing. But overall we had a great time. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept things interesting. We definitely recommend this excursion.
Reviewer: Natalie Goodwin
5 Stars
Tour Guide and driver were exceptional
April 02, 2018
Tour guide was very informative, knowledgeable and interesting. Many thoughtful touches like cold water and icy towel after the tour.
Reviewer: Bob Assell
5 Stars
Excellent excursion
April 02, 2018
The excursion was wonderful! The staff was very friendly. Diego (our guide) was awesome and Edgar (our driver) was very professional. This was a great trip to the jungle. Highly recommended this trip.
Reviewer: Kim Carlson
5 Stars
Great tour
March 18, 2018
The meeting point for the tour was outside of the tourist area along a road maybe a 15-20 min walk just like the information about the tour mentioned. The people running the tour were very nice and answered lots of our questions. They were knowledgeable and friendly. The site was not crowded though very interesting and had lots to see. The main guide spoke excellent English and was nice enough to speak some Spanish with us when we tried. We were offered a stop to pick up some freshly cut pineapple. We did and the fruit was wonderful. We did not feel pressured to buy other things and felt safe with the driver of the small van. They provided bottles of water without our asking. It was a great tour that I highly recommend.
Reviewer: Susannah Gal
5 Stars
So informative and educational
March 16, 2018
It took and hour to get there. We had one guide that talked about the history of Costa Maya and the region while we drive there. Our second guide told us and answered our questions about the maya's. He explained everything we came across and why things looked as they did. Excellent job explaining a culture very different from ours. Only downside was having to walk to the companies office. If you are up for a mile walk first thing in the morning definitely take a taxi there.
Reviewer: RT
5 Stars
Life changing tour and tour guide
March 16, 2018
in preparation for our visit to the Chacchoben ruins, our tour guide, who was Mayan, gave us such a remarkably thoughtful and indepth background on not only the place we were going to visit, but the Mayan people who had inhabited this area. his grandfather had been a Mayan Shaman and had passed down a lot of his thoughts and perspectives on his people. the way that our tour guide was able to pass this on to us, made all the difference. the ruins themselves were beautiful and accessible and beautiful. i'd take this tour again if i had the chance. thank you!
Reviewer: Stephen Thrush
5 Stars
Interesting, but Not That Inspiring
March 15, 2018
Our visit to the Chacchoben ruins from Costa Maya was convenient and somewhat interesting. Compared to visiting other Mayan ruins from either Costa Maya or Cozumel, it was only a 1 hour bus ride from the meeting point. It was interesting to see the ruins, although they were not as large or awe-inspiring as I expected from viewing pictures of other, more famous ruins. Our guide was knowledgeable and shared a lot of information, but he had a heavy accent that made it hard for us to understand him.
Reviewer: Keith Anderson
3 Stars
excursion
March 14, 2018
tanks for this excursion . the quide is very interresting.
Reviewer: manon cedilotte
5 Stars
great tour
March 06, 2018
Hugo was an excellent guide. His talked about the history and fauna of the Yucatan as well as the Mayans. It was worth the short walk to find the departure point. The ruins were much less crowded than Tulum.
Reviewer: Richard Bott
5 Stars
Excursion
March 03, 2018
Very good. Guide was great. Bus trip was as good and informative as the actual visit, which we loved.
Reviewer: Mark Lindsay
5 Stars
Wonderful Adventure
February 24, 2018
The excursion to the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins was an enjoyable and informative day trip. The bus trip was an hour each way and the tour was about two hours. The tour guide Lorenzo was a wealth of information. He started the tour on the bus describing the surrounding countryside. At the ruins he spoke on the Mayan civilization and its impact on the surrounding societies. Climbing the steps to the Sun Temple was a challenge but the view from the plaza was worth it. On the way back our driver Antonio stopped and Lorenzo took orders for the fresh pineapple being sold by women on the roadside. The company offered complimentary bottles of ice water before boarding the bus. On the return visit, it was greatly appreciated after hiking the pyramids. I highly recommend this tour company for its professionalism.
Reviewer: Yvonne Franklin
5 Stars
Ruins Tour
February 23, 2018
This tour was great. The location to walk to in order to board the buses was manageable, the bus accommodations were clean and comfortable, our tour guides were fantastic and extremely knowledgeable. The amount of time at the ruins worked very well for us.
Reviewer: Stacey Harvey
5 Stars
Excellent tour guide
February 23, 2018
This is an excellent tour and not difficult to walk from the ship to there office. Allow yourself about 20 minutes. Our guide not only had an excellent knowledge of these ruins but also a great knowledge of flowers and fauna. It is an easy walk on a trail to view the highlights of these ruins and shorts and runners were more than adequate for wear.
Reviewer: Gary Cartwright
5 Stars
Transportation
February 22, 2018
Wonderful native guide. Learned so much from him. Suggest you include taxi from pier to Native Choice exit. Directions too confusing and walk too long.
Reviewer: Carolyn yost
4 Stars
nice
February 21, 2018
nice
Reviewer: yiwei
5 Stars
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
February 14, 2018
Very knowledgeable guide made history interesting. Temples are impressive.
Reviewer: Vincent Vienna
5 Stars
Guide
February 11, 2018
Our guide was excellent! So much knowledge
Reviewer: Cheri kolp
5 Stars
Fantastic Guide
February 09, 2018
We took this tour with 2 guides who were both remarkably qualified. Our group was 20+ people and our guide called each one of us by name throughout the whole tour! He was knowledgable and highly qualified with degrees in Archeology, History and Anthropology. What more could you ask for a tour to the Mayan ruins? Our ride there was comfortable and shorter than tours we heard about to other ruins in the area and we had ample time to see the remarkable sights. Be preapred for a 15 minute walk to the bus from the port, but it's well worth it.
Reviewer: Andrea Ott
5 Stars
Mayan Ruins
February 08, 2018
Our ship arrived late into port and we were afraid we would miss this excursion. It turned out we didn't and throughly enjoyed our guide and the site. The guides were very personable and informative. The only hassle was finding the office, directions are confusing and we were frustrated.
Reviewer: Roger
4 Stars
Mayan Ruins Chacchobaen
February 06, 2018
We really enjoyed the tour from beginning to end. It was a short walk from the ship to the tour office but once we got there the tour was organized, we had native guides who were knowledgeable and friendly, the vans were new, clean and air conditioned. The ruins were worth traveling to and very interesting.
Reviewer: Marianne Terrigno
5 Stars
Wonderful Tour
February 06, 2018
My husband and I took this excursion at the end of January 2018. Our tour guide's name was Eddar and our driver was Pedro (if I am remembering correctly). Eddar was very knowledgeable about the Mayan people and the ruins. He also had a great sense of humor, and was very friendly and helpful. The Mayan ruins are amazing, and it was also fun to see the monkeys up in the trees. I enjoyed hearing about the history and why so many of the ruins remain uncovered. Lunch at the resort was wonderful, and taking the kayak out in the lagoon was a lot of fun. We stopped on the way back and purchased fresh pineapple from the people selling on the side of the road - with added chili pepper (that is something everyone should try). The van was kept very nice and clean, and was a very comfortable ride. I would definitely recommend taking this tour, and hopefully you get Eddar as your tour guide.
Reviewer: Wendy Rees
5 Stars
mayans
February 02, 2018
This was a very nice tour. Roads there were excellent shape. Our tour guide, David was very knowable on ruins and the region and a great personality. You could tell he liked his job. The only problem we had was walking that far from the ship to the building it departed from.
Reviewer: Carolyn Pituch
5 Stars
AN Extraordinary Experience
February 01, 2018
We had an extraordinary experience on this trip. It was our first time visiting Mayan ruins, and the in-depth presentation by the guides, as well as the exquisite detail of the archeological recovery, made the trip one of the best excursions we ever had. The ride from the port to the site was about an hour long, but it gave a constructive view of the real Mexico.
Reviewer: Michael D Tebbano
5 Stars
Knowledgeable tour guide, interesting story
January 31, 2018
Recommended for everyone. Kaci and Rito were great. I particularly enjoyed the Mayan mythology Kaci told us. Really learned a lot on this trip.
Reviewer: Eric Kai
5 Stars
AWESOME TRIP
January 30, 2018
This excursion was a wonderful experience. I love to visit ruins, it was a great trip, and our guide at the ruins was informative and interesting. Would highly recommend!
Reviewer: Rose Seroski
5 Stars
Wonderful experience!!
January 27, 2018
This was an awesome excursion. Huge our tour guide was so knowledgeable on everything. He could answer any questions we had. It was about an hour drive each way to the ruins, but we were able to stop for fresh pineapple on the way back. SO GOOD! We were also given a bottle of water at the end of the tour and that was very kind. I would highly recommend!!!
Reviewer: Rachel
5 Stars
Very interesting adventure
January 25, 2018
After about an hour bus ride we arrived at the ruins and spent some time there walking around with our guide. It was a relatively easy walk on a path through the jungle and we saw the ruins and a tree full of monkeys. The only physically challenging part was a walk up some stone stairs to see additional ruins, but that part was optional so this excursion could be done by almost anyone. Very interesting adventure!
Reviewer: Tracy Cassinelli
5 Stars
Fantastic Tour!
January 24, 2018
This was a great tour. Hugo was our guide and he AMAZED me at how much he knew about the culture. He could answer any question you threw at him. We were even able to stop and get fresh pineapple from a roadside stand and it was delicious. I would highly recommend this tour!
Reviewer: Rachel
5 Stars
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
January 15, 2018
This excursion was excellent. The trip guide provided good information and history. The Ruins themselves were unbelievable.
Reviewer: Marcia C Faulkner
5 Stars
Very informative
January 13, 2018
Our tour guides were very welcoming and friendly. They gave us a lot of information on the culture.
Reviewer: Sue
4 Stars
Wonderful tour!
January 09, 2018
This was a well conducted tour with a very knowledgeable guide. The vehicles were very comfortable and the site of the ruins was well restored and quite large. Our tour was on the day a bus from another tour group had an accident and we were delayed returning to the ship. Our guide and driver quickly came up with an alternate plan and we were taken to a lovely outdoor eating area and treated to food and drink. They really made the best out of a bad situation. The only concern for this company is that they are about 20 minutes walk from the dock and the map supplied when booking the trip was not completely accurate.
Reviewer: J Rose
5 Stars
Mayan Ruins
January 08, 2018
Excellent tour! Would highly recommend. Our guide gave us an excellent insight to the history of the ruins. Our walking tour of the Ruins lasted over 90 minutes, which went by quickly. We have seen other Maya Ruins, and this was by far the best. Note: there were 14 of us on this tour compared to 30 plus we saw there from Cruise tours.
Reviewer: Baltimore Cruisers
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chaccoben Ruins
January 08, 2018
This was an excellent excursion with an outstanding guide, Ivan, whose English was wonderfully clear and he had an amazing amount of knowledge. It teemed with rain but the company offered us umbrellas - well done. The only disadvantage was that we had to walk a long way to the Native Choice Office, as the ship did not allow us to be picked up closer..
Reviewer: Patricia Ritter
5 Stars
Great tour and GREAT guide
January 08, 2018
We had such a wonderful time on this excursion! Ivan was our guide and his knowledge of the town, the ruins and the history was absolutely perfect! We had an awesome time and would love to go again!
Reviewer: Aimee Doss
5 Stars
Amazing
December 27, 2017
We had Kasi for our guide. Her knowledge of the past was amazing & she imparted how life in the area is now. She made this excursion as wonderful as it was. I would recommend this excursion to one & all!
Reviewer: Pat Craine
5 Stars
Chacchoben Ruins Tour...Great!
December 26, 2017
A terrific, small-group excursion, that was professionally run and a lot of fun!
Reviewer: Greg
5 Stars
Relaxed and informative
December 25, 2017
This was an excellent tour for several reasons. One the time mid morning before all the big tour busses arrived Second a small group of about 10 people so we could hear our guide easily.Third some independent exploration time given and help with finding bits of pottery helpful and fun. Lastly, the guide very well informed sharing information with understandable english and true enthusiasm. To assure comfort assistants carried umbrellas and water. Being ahead of the crowds a plus!
Reviewer: Patience Killen
5 Stars
Mayans Ruins
December 18, 2017
Very professional from everyone. Clean vans. Also no stops at local vans. This tour rates a ten in my book.
Reviewer: Arnold Miller
5 Stars
Awesome Excursion
December 11, 2017
We had a great time on this excursion! The guides were very friendly and knowledgeable as they took us around the ruins. We had plenty of time to wander around and take pictures as well which was nice. Cold beer and water when we got back on the bus which was a nice perk!
Reviewer: Deirdre
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chacchoben ruins
November 30, 2017
Husband unable to take the excursion due to gastro-intestinal upset. I went, thought it was very interesting, educational. It was great!
Reviewer: Lanette Singer
4 Stars
The guide was very informative
November 23, 2017
I enjoyed this tour. It gave me some of the background to the Mayans. The guide was very knowledgeable and answered questions from the group. We even saw some spider monkeys in the trees. I definitely recommend this tour. Directions to the departure area were adequate although it was quite a hike to get there about 20 minute walk from the ship. But there are cabs available to hire if you are so inclined.They did drop us off closer to the pier.
Reviewer: Daniel Koonce
5 Stars
Excellent excursion
November 23, 2017
The locals at Native were great. Our guide, Lorenzo I think, was outstanding. He was very knowledgeable about Mayan history and made the excursion well worth it.
Reviewer: Gary
5 Stars
Great Service and Knowledgeable Guide
November 22, 2017
We loved the tour and enjoyed the Maya ruins very much. The service provided by the shore excursion company is great, new confortable van with AC and cold water was provided, our guide was pretty attentive and knowledgeable about the Maya culture. The only bad thing is that the meeting point is outside the port and a bit far from the port.
Reviewer: Fabian
4 Stars
Wonderful Experience
November 08, 2017
We loved this tour and were so glad that we booked it. Ivan, our tour guide, was a wonderful wealth of knowledge. It was amazing to see these ruins and then learn about his family's history with Chacchoben. We could only imagine seeing his family living and working the farm and then discovering these beautiful pieces of history. We learned so much about the Mayan's and the Yucatan. We would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Costa Maya.
Reviewer: Tina Fuller
5 Stars
Fun time at Costa Maya
November 07, 2017
The ruins is really worth of visiting. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and patient. Highly recommended!
Reviewer: Wendy
5 Stars
Chacchoben Ruins
October 12, 2017
Fabulous tour with in-depth details of Mayan culture and history of the ruins and their discovery and restoration. Ivan, the main guide, was a wealth of knowledge. He even picked up small pottery shards from the ground around the ruins and identified them by era and use! Only drawback was the walk to the office; someone should meet you at the port mall at the taxi stand.
Reviewer: Maryanne Ludy
5 Stars
Great Ruin Tour!
October 11, 2017
Meeting information was great, cost was reasonable, tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable and the company did everything they could to make us comfortable in the heat including cold waters. Would use then again!
Reviewer: Sherry Hawkesworth
5 Stars
Excellent tour for everyone!
October 02, 2017
This tour was thru Native Choice and the meeting place is within walking distance from the port. Great service by this company! The ruins are about a 50 minute air conditioned van ride. Guides are very knowledgeable and entertaining. Our guide was Mayan and we learned so much on our drive and at the ruins. The tour was very easy walking. Paths are wide and climbing is optional. Yes, you get to climb! We saw 3 spider monkeys and took great photos! They provided plenty of bottled water. No, the bugs are not bad, but have bug spray just in case! This was one of the best activities on our entire cruise in September 2017. Highly recommend and well worth the $$ here.
Reviewer: Owen Lautenschleger
5 Stars
Awsome
August 31, 2017
Great adventure and our tour guide was so educational and informative.
Reviewer: Ann Southard-Ferrell
5 Stars
Awesome cultural experience
August 22, 2017
i cannot say enough about our tour guide, Edder. On the ride there, he talked about the history and culture of the area. We even pulled over to buy fresh fruit for the ride from a pineapple stand on the side of the street. That was a nice touch. Once we arrived he imparted a lot of knowledge on us regarding the ruins, and the current state of their remains. He and our driver even helped us lure a monkey across the tree canopy so we could get a closer look, while reminding us to keep our distance. I will say, the walk from the boat to their office is sketchy. We were even approached by 2 people who tried to get us in their car. I did not to bring my 6 yr old on this excursion, and between the blazing sun, the bus ride, and the sketchy surroundings of the walk, i'm glad i made that decision. next time i'll take a cab to the office. However, once we arrived we were handed cold water, and loaded onto nice air conditioned vans, and it was all wonderful from that point forward :)
Reviewer: Leslie B
5 Stars
An experience of a lifetime
July 27, 2017
We had such a great day! The long drive to the ruins was made short by the guide telling us a lot about the surroundings, history of the area we were visiting and other things of interest. The ruins themselves are a memory for life! A treat on the way back was buying some pinaple by the road and eating these with some strong chilli!
Reviewer: Eyjolfur Thorarinsson
5 Stars
Tour
July 20, 2017
My family and friends had a great time on the tour. Our guides were very nice and extremely knowledgeable. We learned a lot about the area and culture. I would recommend the excursion.
Reviewer: Tyler Grossman
5 Stars
Good Trip
July 20, 2017
There was a very well narrated trip but I wouldn't say it was a small group tour. There were at least 50 people on the bus. Our tour guide on the bus talked the whole time and we learned a lot. Our tour of Chacchoben was great to see the old mayan ruins and to see how much is still unseen.
Reviewer: Diane Bender
4 Stars
Excellent experience!
July 19, 2017
We had amazing time during this tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and shared with us a lot of information about Mayan times and modern era. Absolutely recommend for everybody!
Reviewer: Lana
5 Stars
Wonderful Excursion
July 17, 2017
This is a wonderful excursion to a little known, recently discovered Mayan ruins. Our guide and driver were excellent - very informative and personable. In addition to seeing and learning about the ruins we saw a lot of wild monkeys. On the way back we stopped by a local fruit stand so we could experience fresh pineapple and mango - delicious. Highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Judy B
5 Stars
Excellent Tour and Guide
July 13, 2017
Our guide Joel was very knowledgeable about the Mayan culture. The office was a short, easy walk from the cruise ship. An added bonus to the ruins...we saw many monkeys.
Reviewer: Debora Borgen
5 Stars
Awesome Experience
July 10, 2017
The excursion was fantastic! The van ride to the ruins was air conditioned and we were given cold water when we arrived. We were so lucky to have Lorenzo as our guide. It took about an hour to get to the ruins, but he made the trip fun and gave us a lot of information about the area. It was definitely worth it!
Reviewer: Tracy Hathaway
5 Stars
Good experience
July 08, 2017
We enjoyed this excursion. Our grandsons were able to climb on the ruins and enjoyed it very much.
Reviewer: Helen A Whitmire
4 Stars
Tour of Mayan Ruins
June 17, 2017
We were excited to see this offered as an optional excursion on our cruise to Mexico. We were extremely pleased, and had an awesome time seeing and exploring the ruins. When we got off our ship, we were apprehensive about finding our meeting spot for the tour. I wish I had printed the map along with the directions. But we did find it. Our tour guide was Joel. He was amazing. He was very knowledgeable about the Mayan history and kept our interest at all times. He shared interesting facts that I'd forgotten from history class years ago, and offered personal glimpses of his own past. He answered questions we had and frequently asked if we were understanding what he was saying. We were not rushed and were able to take pictures and explore. They (Joel and our bus driver whose name I've forgotten) provided us cold water throughout our tour, and that was a blessing. We are very glad we decided to book this tour, and highly recommend it.
Reviewer: Joyia Morris
5 Stars
Fun, easy tour
May 22, 2017
This tour was thru Native Choice. Meeting place is within walking distance from the port. No taxi needed. Great company! Ruins are about a 50 minute van ride. Guides are very knowledgeable and entertaining. The tour was very easy walking. Paths are wide and climbing is optional. Yes, you get to climb! Yes, you will see monkeys! Yes they have plenty of bottled water. No, the bugs are not bad, but have bug spray just in case! Yes, the vans are air conditioned. Great tour.
Reviewer: ann
5 Stars
Ruins Tour Was Great!
May 12, 2017
We were lucky to have a tour guide all to our family, which consisted of 4 people (2 were 17); he was very educated in the Mayan history, enthusiastic, and an all around friendly tour guide. I asked tons of questions as I love history and was so intrigued with all of his information; if he didn't know an answer, he didn't pretend to and give us some made up story. Great tour, great day!
Reviewer: Diane Kaplan
5 Stars
ALL NATIVE
May 08, 2017
ooked the excursion through "Explore Cruise and Travel"; glad I did; Seems like the owner of the port has it locked down thwarting local folks from participating; we did have to walk through the port area then maybe 1/2 mile out of town; but the payback--brand new/clean/cool Mercedes van; small group Mayan driver and guide; ALL NATIVE something was the name of the firm.
Reviewer: RONALD GILCHRIST
5 Stars
Costa Maya Chacchoben ruins
May 04, 2017
Excellent excursion! Our guide, Speedy Gonzales, was awesome!!!! He really knows his history. Driver was also awesome. Van that transported us from the office to the ruins was air conditioned and very clean. Well with the money spent.
Reviewer: Donna Speirs
5 Stars
Great Excursion - Super Guide
April 25, 2017
Our guide was exceptional, and the size of the group was perfect. With only 11 people in our group, we received the best service! A stop along the way (and back) to purchase "honey pineapple" made it even more special. Our guide and driver also took a side trip to see the lighthouse. Don't waste your money on those tours with 100-plus people. Highly recommend! PS: Costa Maya port is built like an enclosed area, and you will feel trapped, but walk to the outer parking lot and go out the gate and down to the face temple, hang a left and go two blocks to the office. You will see a couple of vans parked outside. The walk looks sketchy, but you will be fine.
Reviewer: Steve
5 Stars
Chacchoben Mayan Temple
April 21, 2017
Our guide was a local Mayan who taught us about the language, history, and culture of the Mayan people. He was very helpful and very informative. The walk from the cruise ship to the departure office was fairly long but after the tour they dropped us off at the Costa Maya port. Very enjoyable.
Reviewer: Bruce Beisler
4 Stars
Maya Rauins at Chacchoben
April 17, 2017
Very good tour. Well organized. Very interesting with a well-informed tour guide (David) who really new his subject and the history of the Mayans. Good value & would recommend highly.
Reviewer: Bert Cruickshank
5 Stars
Mayan Ruins
April 13, 2017
Excellent tour, our guide Eddar was very knowledgeable. I would recommend this tour to anyone. Tacho, our driver, was a very safe driver. Our group was small enough to fit into a comfortable van. We had plenty of time to explore the ruins and they made sure we were back to our ship in plenty of time to depart.
Reviewer: Lynne B.
5 Stars
Incredible staff and experience
April 13, 2017
What an incredible excursion! A short walk to the meeting spot but a great tour group. Much better and more affordable than the cruise line
Reviewer: Andrew
5 Stars
This is a must do. Exceeded our expectations 100X
April 06, 2017
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins will blow you away. Our guide Joel and Driver Miquel were awesome. We only did the Ruins tour and not the Lagoon add-on. Since we only did the Ruins we were given a very detailed tour from our guide Joel. We also had plenty of time to explore the ruins. You will be totally blown away when you climb the stairs and see the The Sun and Moon temples. Don't miss out on this one. 5 starts all the way around.
Reviewer: Andrew C Brown
5 Stars
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
March 23, 2017
This excursion was fantastic! Our guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable. The excursion group was very professional. I would highly recommend this excursion.
Reviewer: Margaret Thorn
5 Stars
Mayan ruins
March 09, 2017
Excellent
Reviewer: Gary
5 Stars
Joel was a great
March 07, 2017
This is an excellent tour. Joel, our guide, was very knowledgeable and knew the answers to any questions that came up. It is a pretty walk through the ruins and we were given the opportunity to do some climbing, mostly on stairs, to the top of some of the ruins. When we arrived, we received a bottle of cold water--much appreciated in the heat. The van (about 12 passengers) was well air-conditioned for our trip to the ruins. I'd recommend this small-group tour. Even though you have to get a cab or walk to the meeting place, it was worth it to have such a great tour.
Reviewer: Peggy Robichaud
5 Stars
Nice Alternative to Ship Excursions
March 07, 2017
We had a great guide, it is a regular bus (40 seats, around an hour) ride to the ruins , once there they broke the group into two groups, nice touch, smaller, more intimate group for walking the ruins. Did I say the guides were great? A bit of a walk to the office, drop off at pier on return. Would use again!
Reviewer: Tim Corbett
5 Stars
Comments on Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
March 06, 2017
It was an excellent excursion and our guide was so knowledgeable and pleasant. I will recommend you to other travelers.
Reviewer: Trena
5 Stars
Myan ruins excellent tour !
March 02, 2017
A bit of a walk to the starting point but once we got there the leaders were very welcoming. Our guides were Ivan and a lovely young girl alendro. Ivan was brilliant , so interesting and alendro was a lovely hostess. They talked about Mexico and the area , Mayans and their way of life. The ride was comfortable , they provided icy water during our tour and frozen face towels and candy on the way back. Wonderful and fun , and Ivan being an anthropologist /archeologist was a bonus ! Excellent value and a personal touch !
Reviewer: Debbie J
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
February 24, 2017
The Native Choice, in Costa Maya, gave us a wonderful tour of the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins. Their excursion office was easy to find, and an easy walk from the pier to their office. Our guide, Joel Perez was great. He's been a tour guide for 15 years and was very knowledgeable about the Mayan Ruins and could answer any questions we asked of him. He was also proud of his Mayan heritage and gave us a lot of insight into the Mayan history and the area surrounding Costa Maya. Our driver, Saul Rodriguez Macias, was a safe driver and also helped escort the tour, as Joel was still recovering from a motorcycle accident. Both Joel and Saul were pleasant and outgoing. The complimentary water was an added bonus, as was the candy Joel offered us. Our tour group consisted of only 9 people, so we were able to get a much more personal tour, then the people that went on the same tour through Royal Caribbean.
Reviewer: Mike Lamping
5 Stars
Fabulous Tour
February 23, 2017
My husband and I have been to some Mayan ruins in Mexico many years ago, but this tour was by far the best. A short walk to the tour office to get the bus a bit unusual but explained by our tour escort. Once arriving at the ruins, our group was split into 2 to give us a much smaller, more manageable size. Ivan, our tour guide was so knowledgeable and informative and brought a wealth of experience to the tour making it so much more than just a walk through the ruins. Can't praise this man enough for making it such an enjoyable day.
Reviewer: Kathy Laing
5 Stars
A wonderful day!
February 23, 2017
This tour was beyond our expectations. From the driver to the guide, the itinerary and the information we got about the environment, ruins, culture, current issues, etc. everything was top-notch and professional. We researched other shore excursions available by our cruise line and other private companies. This tour was not only the best price but after speaking with our fellow travelers who made different choices, our tour was by far and away the best that Costa Maya had to offer. Another terrific feature is that Shore Excursions matched your cruise ship's itinerary with its tours. No worries about booking a tour with them and then worrying if your cruise ship will get there too late for the tour and they also make sure to get you back to your cruise ship on time. Shore Excursions is a terrific company and we'll definitely book other tours with them in the future.
Reviewer: Deborah Smusz
5 Stars
Costa maya Mayan Ruins tour
February 17, 2017
Our guide Erich was very thorough and professional. The staff kindly helped a young woman that was feeling faint, If Erich had a microphone those in the back would have heard him better and he wouldn't have had to sit awkwardly on his seat to talk.
Reviewer: Linda Foster
4 Stars
Superb Excursion
February 17, 2017
A well-planned and executed excursion. Greeted with a bottle of cold water as we boarded the A/C minibus to the site of the ruins. Our fabulous guide, Edder, and our driver Miguel shared their vast knowledge of the history, culture and environment of the area as we travelled to the site. Stopped for fresh pineapple with chili, exotic and delicious! Edder has a deep knowledge of the ruins and the Mayans and kept us informed and entertained as he led us around the site. Other groups stopped to listen to his comments. He added a lot of background regarding the vegetation and ecology of the site. Miguel kept us together and added his insight. Enjoyed an authentic taco and headed back to the ship on schedule.
Reviewer: Jim.
5 Stars
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
February 16, 2017
The tour was excellent. The guide we had was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. There was more than enough time as each location within the site to take pictures and explore. The site is still being developed, but what was available was very interesting. The only negative was that the check-in location for the tour was quite a distance from the ship (about a 1/2 mile walk) and check-in was very chaotic. Once we had checked in, however, things went well after that.
Reviewer: John Bolles
5 Stars
Costa Maya Mayan Ruins
February 13, 2017
Transportation was handled professionally and safely. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, well-spoken and courteous. This was the best of all the excursions we had during our 3 shore visits
Reviewer: Gary
5 Stars
Fascinating experience
February 06, 2017
Trip began with a bottle of cold water and a comfortable bus trip to the ruins. Our superb guide, Edder filled us in on the history, culture and language of the Mayans and discussed the geography of the area we were driving though. Edder spoke well, was extremely knowledgeable and well-prepared. Discussed animal and plant life as he took us on a fascinating tour of the ruins and Mayan culture. Miguel, the driver, accompanied the group and took an interest our experience. People from other groups seemed to be listening in to our guide's presentation. Timely return to the port.
Reviewer: James Kennedy
5 Stars
Costa Maya Chacchoben Ruins
February 04, 2017
Great experience and our guide was wonderful. Amazing to see and hear about the Mayans.
Reviewer: Rene
5 Stars
Mayan ruins
February 03, 2017
Excellent tour from start to finish! Everyone involved did an excellent job!
Reviewer: Byron
5 Stars
Great Excursion
February 03, 2017
Two thumbs up!
Reviewer: Robert M
4 Stars
Amazing
January 25, 2017
This was great! Our guide knew so much about tge history of the Mayans and we came away with a new fascination and knowledge of the culture.
Reviewer: Lisa Caravello
5 Stars
Mayan Ruins- A must see
January 22, 2017
The group was great, kept us up to date on everything, Our guide was excellent, lived right in the area, and that made for a better understanding Will use you again and will recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Randy Jaudon
5 Stars
Excellent guide
January 22, 2017
We had an excellent guide who shared his considerable knowledge with us. The whole day was a highlight of our trip!
Reviewer: Stuart Allen
5 Stars
Excursion experience
January 20, 2017
This was outstanding. Our guide was super informative. Definitely recommend!
Reviewer: Wade Scarboro
5 Stars
Good tour of the Mayan ruins
January 19, 2017
Reasonable price for a very nice our . Guide was very good and new his Mayan history . Nice bus . A bit of a walk to the tour office . That may be a problem for some . Dropped us off much closer to the pier . Would recommend this tour for sure . Got us back to the ship with plenty of time to shop the Costa Maya facility .
Reviewer: George Shannon
4 Stars
Great Company
January 18, 2017
Outstanding!
Reviewer: Jose H. Davison
5 Stars
HIGHLIGHT OF OUR CRUUISE
January 18, 2017
This is an amazing tour. Our tour leader, Enrique Calleros, knew so much about Mayan culture and the history of the region. It really made this tour come to life. We had an amazing day.
Reviewer: Enid Young
5 Stars
Great informative tour
January 16, 2017
The guides are very informative and can answer any question you have. The bus was very comfortable for the ride there and back which is about an hour each way. The ruins were amazing with great views. The one downside is it is a walk to get to the meeting place from the pier but was easy to find.
Reviewer: Elaine
5 Stars
Costa Maya Ruins
January 16, 2017
Very interesting and informative. Our guide did an excellent job. Very pleasant and helpful. The guide was very knowledgeable and gave us time to ask questions. We would recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Dave & Julie Wilhelm
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chaccohoben Mayan Ruins
January 16, 2017
Our guide was really personable. Make sure to stop and get pineapples at the town along the way - so worth it. The tour and the team were wonderful. We went earlier than the other tours allowing more time for pics etc.
Reviewer: NCL cruiser
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
January 12, 2017
The native choice office was little bit farther away than ideal and long drive to the ruins.. But despite all that, the tour was very informative and amazing!!!
Reviewer: Cristine
4 Stars
great!
January 11, 2017
This was a great excursion to view Mayan ruins. We loved that it was in the middle of a jungle so we were also able to learn about the plants and trees as we were walking around the sight. Our tour guide, Edder, was very knowledgeable and pleasant as was our driver, Pedro. Nice clean air conditioned vehicle and small group. Perfect!
Reviewer: kevin
5 Stars
Love history
January 09, 2017
This was a great company doing the excursion, native born and full of great historical information. Our guide Eric was easy to understand and knew a lot about the ruins and surrounding area. We got some great pictures and the bus ride was really nice.
Reviewer: Tamara Morgan
5 Stars
costa maya chacchoben mayan ruins
January 09, 2017
excellent!! guides were extremely informative, knowledgable, and friendly. transportation was modern and comfortable.
Reviewer: george kelley
5 Stars
Tour Guide Felt Presented Info From His Heart
January 05, 2017
The Chacchoben Mayan Ruins are spectacular and our tour guide told the group everything about them with great with great feelings toward the Mayans. I could see could feel it in his heart. It was a long trip, about 1.5 hours on the bus, a bit longer off the bus mostly on flat ground unless you wanted to climb the difficult stairs of some pyramids. This 68 year old did but it was tough. There were members of the group with a cane. Still OK for me as part of our group. I would recommend the tour; however, getting to the busses from the ship, even your directions, need improvement.
Reviewer: Rocky Grasso
5 Stars
Mayan Ruins tour
January 04, 2017
Good tour. Problem was that the distance from the port and the early departure of the ship that afternoon made this very rushed.
Reviewer: Mark Lewis
3 Stars
5 star
January 03, 2017
Excellent tour guide. Just a long drive to get to the location.
Reviewer: Victoria Nelson
5 Stars
Very informative guide
January 02, 2017
Our guide was a Mayan who had been born in the area of the ruins and had intimate knowledge of the site. He gave us in depth history of the Mayan civilization. I felt privileged to be in a place that has inhabited for so long, and to learn about these amazing people. The only negative thing about the tour was not the fault of the company. We were in a small group, but the site was crowed with other groups. It is good so many people want to visit and learn, but I prefer more solitude! It is truly worth your time to see this site!
Reviewer: Mary Gillis
5 Stars
All about the guide - otherwise some rough edges
January 01, 2017
I can put up with rough edges if the knowledge and presentation is top-notch. If you've never been to Costa Maya, it's tiny. Jungle with a few buildings here and there. Shore Excursions is not at the dock, so you walk a bit into ""town."" It's not far, but don't be alarmed if you leave the dock into absolutely nothing. Keep walking into the jungle. You can't even see their building because of the trees, but eventually it's there. At the ruins, the situation is reversed: They don't drive into the parking lot, so you walk from the highway. It's the oddest thing, but I guess it keeps their costs down. Not a big deal (walking is good for you) but still feels strange. Fortunately, our guide was unbelievable. Not only was he enthusiastic about the job, and very service-oriented, but he's a trained historian.While in the ruins he had answers for everything, and was good at expanding on customer questions to give the whole context. He made the whole tour a success.
Reviewer: Todd Beck
5 Stars
Walk with the Mayans
December 28, 2016
Amazing tour of the old, old world where the Mayans lived, worked and played. A must see, very well preserved. Tour guide was excellent, very informative and knowledgeable. One of the wonders of the old world that is still standing. Not to be missed if you are in Costa Maya.
Reviewer: B Powell
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chaccoben Mayan Ruins Oct 24/16
December 28, 2016
The shore excursion was great. Our tour guide Diego was very friendly and share a lot of information about the site. The Van transportation was clean and in good condition. Good driver. Interesting archeological site.
Reviewer: Aida Castrillo
5 Stars
Excursion
December 27, 2016
AWESOME!!!
Reviewer: cliff phillips II
5 Stars
Not bad for the cost
December 24, 2016
Decent vehicle, air con, and ruins. We liked the trip. I recommend you get a taxi from the port to the excursion office as it is farther than it appears on the map.
Reviewer: David Trevino
4 Stars
mayan ruins
December 23, 2016
this was a very interesting and spectacular excursion. I was very intrigued by what we saw and the information given to us by our guide.
Reviewer: Nancy Knutson
5 Stars
Awesome Tour, Excellent Guide
December 22, 2016
My wife and I had a wonderful excursion of the Mayan ruins. Kaci was one of the best tour guides we ever had, very knowledgeable, excellent English, and you could tell she really liked what she was doing. Abel was an outstanding driver as well. The pineapple stop, extra water and frozen wash cloths at the end of the tour were an appreciated plus! Thanks for a memorable trip.
Reviewer: John Walsh
5 Stars
Excellent local guide, comfortable ride, cultural!
December 19, 2016
Well organized, nice bus, guide was a local who grew up in the area. She made the day, it was a great experience. No delays or lag time, easy to get to/from cruise ship dock to the tour debarking point (on return bus took us to cruise terminal).
Reviewer: Rick Udicious
5 Stars
Amazing tour
December 15, 2016
Also this excursion was great! Very friendly staff at the meeting point. And David was super! You can see that he does this job for years and he loves what he does. We where provided a lot of water and the mayan area was impressive. Thank you for this great tour!
Reviewer: Evelyn Kn‰ble
5 Stars
Impressive Tour!
December 15, 2016
Our guide (Ivan?) , the Native Choice service, and the transportation were all an A plus. (Our guide kept us hydrated and provided some tasty local pineapple tastings.) We did not know what to expect from these particular Mayan ruins and what we saw and learned was so very interesting! Our guide was an incredible wealth of information not only about the past Mayan civilization but also about current day Mayans and their culture and language and customs. Great trip and we would certainly use both Costco excursions as well as Native Choice again.
Reviewer: Cynthia Matzick
5 Stars
Day trip to chacchoben
December 11, 2016
great personalized educational and safe professional comfortable excursion. guide was very knowledgeable with a good command of English. highly recommend.
Reviewer: William Younger
5 Stars
Costa Maya Chaccoben Ruins
December 10, 2016
Our guide was wonderful, full of knowledge and gave a wonderful tour. At the site we also saw monkeys and found lots of pieces of Mayan pottery, so cool!
Reviewer: mimi Cline
4 Stars
Costa MayaËs Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
December 10, 2016
very well done. Professional. Clean van and pleasant guide. Would definitely book again with Costco.
Reviewer: Carol Coulter
5 Stars
Chacchoben great tour
December 09, 2016
Our tour guide was excellent. It is a little bit of a walk to the departure point, but there were a lot of use using this company, so we walked together. There was plenty of time to see everything and the guides explanations were very informative.The ruins are well worth seeing. 2 restroom stops was a great idea from the tour company.
Reviewer: J Cant
5 Stars
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
December 01, 2016
What a wonderful, informative experience! Amazing Mayan ruin site, a guide, Kasi, who was very knowledgeable and loved telling us about the people and the site. The van was very clean; driver, Edgar, was excellent and provided bottled water and cool cloths after the site tour was complete. This was probably one of our best excursions.
Reviewer: Cathy Loudon
5 Stars
Avoid the Gigantic Cruise Ship Tour Buses
December 01, 2016
Experience the Mayan ruins of Chacchoben (meaning ""place of the red corn""). Our tour guide Kasi was so knowledgeable on the Mayan ruins and had such great insight into the Mayan culture. Our tour group was about 12 people. The tour groups on the cruise ship tours were probably 30-40 people. I appreciate the small group size, as everyone can hear and interact with your tour guide. Great Tour, Highly recommended!
Reviewer: Dan Corey
5 Stars
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
November 13, 2016
We loved this tour. Very educational and impressive to see the ruins. We had the perfect amount of time to see the ruins and even had the opportunity to purchase some pineapple on the way back to the ship.
Reviewer: D. Sweeney
4 Stars
Best tour ever!
October 07, 2016
It was a long walk to the meeting place - and a little difficult to find -- but well worth it! Our guide was a young Mayan man who was very well versed in anthropology and the Mayan culture. He shares stories and history of the people while we toured the ruins. He found ancient pottery shards along the way and estimated the epoch of the pottery. He was polite, caring and a fantastic representative for the company and the tour. It was the best we've ever been on!
Reviewer: Dave Turner
5 Stars
Awesome Tour
September 28, 2016
Deigo and Saoul were awesome. Very informative and interesting. Although it was hot, they supplied the water and took their time explaining everything. The highlight was seeing the Spider Monkeys.
Reviewer: Rebecca
5 Stars
Awesome tour!
August 12, 2016
The tour was amazing and our tour guide was fantastic!
Reviewer: Becky Georgius
5 Stars
Great time!!!
August 12, 2016
We had a great time! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and shared info with us throughout the bus ride and tour. We were able to actually touch the ruins and to take pictures while standing on a number of them. Each ruin (pyramid) is interestingly different, some male and some female. Some experiences you just don't get everyday. This is one of them and well worth experiencing.
Reviewer: E. Rey
5 Stars
Hot but Interesting Site
July 24, 2016
The map provided by Native Choice Tours was totally accurate, so we had no trouble finding the office to check-in. We were provided with a bottle of cool water then went directly to our van. There were 9 or 10 of us in our group with guide, David. He did a very good job of sharing information about the Maya and what we would see during the almost one-hour drive to the ruins. Although we have seen numerous other larger Mayan ruins, this one is interesting, and a lot more fun than just sitting on the beach. Everything happened as descripted in the literature, and we all enjoyed our morning at Chacchoben. We were even taken right to the gate of our pier by our van driver so that we didn't have to walk back to the ship from the tour office. Very thoughtful, indeed.
Reviewer: Waco Traveller
4 Stars
Great trip, but just so much walking
July 21, 2016
I'll be the first to admit that I didn't read the instructions I was emailed after booking this excursion. The part where it says it takes 30-45 minutes to get from the ship to the meeting place is not inaccurate. It was a seriously long walk to get to the meeting place. At least a mile but it might have been two miles. At 100 degrees with 90% humidity with that walk plus a ton of walking at the ruins plus walking back when we were dropped off, I was very tired the rest of the day. I'm not in horrible shape or anything either. Just fair warning. One thing for sure worth mentioning, our tour bus stopped in what they called "Pineapple city" on the way back and bought a bag of fresh pineapple for $1. I can honestly say it was the best fruit, let alone pineapple, that I've ever eaten. I highly recommend buying some if they stop.
Reviewer: Anonymous
4 Stars
Yes I would
May 27, 2016
Loved this excursion
Reviewer: Donna
5 Stars
This was fantastic
May 24, 2016
Fabulous, I enjoyed this so much. Our guide Jasmine was fantastic. I learned so much.
Reviewer: Cate
5 Stars
Diego, our guide was exceptional, a wealth of kno
May 13, 2016
Very educational
Reviewer: jim
5 Stars
Was fun and educational
May 10, 2016
My husband and I really enjoyed the tour of the Mayan Ruins. Our guide, Ivan was very knowledgeable about the history of the island, Mayan ruins, and culture. We learned a lot. Even though it was a hot day, our guide made sure we stayed in the shade on the trail. The hike was not strenuous at all. Ivan did the tour in reverse to avoid the other tour groups and we were able to take pictures without other people in the background. Ivan and the driver made sure we stayed hydrated and cool by providing iced bottle water and a iced face towel to put on the back of our necks. We would definitely recommend Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins tour, this company, and our tour guide Ivan Cohuo.
Reviewer: Vu
5 Stars
Diego & Pedro made it happen
May 05, 2016
Van was comfortable and the information educational.
Reviewer: High Rider
5 Stars
Good Tour of ruins
April 28, 2016
Big bus, but they divided us into smaller groups. Our guide was very knowledgeable, having taken classes in archeology and been on other sites. He did tour in reverse to avoid crowded sunny areas for our comfort. Other Native Tour company employees brought us cold water during tour. Tour departure office easy to locate and only a short walk, not hard to find.
Reviewer: Fairly new cruisers
4 Stars
Interesting and educational experience of Mayan cu
April 22, 2016
The young educated Guide made the trip so interesting. It was very interesting. He was able to answer all our questions.
Reviewer: Young Mexican man that went to universit
5 Stars
I would do this again in a heartbeat
April 21, 2016
Great for the whole family! The sites and our tour guide were wonderful!
Reviewer: perryd
5 Stars
Great Tour!
April 18, 2016
Took advantage of port-of-call to experience some Mayan culture/history. The ruins are a popular destination but booking the tour through a private company was a smart move. Our arrival was well-timed between the waves of tour buses and we weren't fighting the crowds. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and provided detailed information. Great tour, highly recommend!
Reviewer: Vision Cruise - April 2016
5 Stars
Great time, informative guides
April 15, 2016
Learned a lot, laughed a lot!
Reviewer: Chelle
5 Stars
Best Ever
April 08, 2016
Because all proceeds stay in the community (they are not associated with the Cruise line) you have to walk a bit to get to their site but once you get there you are driven by very nice air conditioned bus to the site. On the way there, Enrique, our fabulous tour guide, started right away to give us information. It was like that for the next two hours. We learned so much about the Mayan civilization! It was great!
Reviewer: Mado
5 Stars
GREAT Value!
April 05, 2016
We were late for our requested tour arrival time and the tour agency had two guides stay behind to accommodate us when we arrived. We were completely at fault and they still went WAY OUT OF THERE WAY to help us enjoy this excursion. The tour itself was awesome and the guides very informative.
Reviewer: WiseFam
5 Stars
NOT to be missed
March 31, 2016
This is the best tour you can get in Chacchoban! Do not let the short walk from the pier deter you--it is safe and they will drop you at the pier when you're done. Enrique and Pedro were the guide and driver for our group. The company puts a guide in each van (not bus) so that you are guaranteed a nice small group giving you the option to ask your guide the questions that you want. And, you will not find more knowledgeable guides. Some of the other people on our cruise were more than a little bitter that they did not opt for this, but went with the cruise company's excursion. They were on a large bus, one guide, not a local, etc.
Reviewer: TK
5 Stars
Opened our eyes
March 24, 2016
I will certainly use shore excursions next time we cruise /a
Reviewer: Rusty
5 Stars
Awesome
March 24, 2016
Very pleased with experience. I would definitely recommend booking through Cruises only. Much cheaper and lots of fun.
Reviewer: SuzyQ
5 Stars
great experence
March 20, 2016
Educational and fun
Reviewer: JP
5 Stars
A fantastic walk through the Mayan mounds of Costa
March 18, 2016
Our tour guide was fantastic -- his family owned the land that contained the Mayan Mounds and he was able to share a great deal of the history and his experiences as a boy playing in the area.
Reviewer: Great Scott
5 Stars
Excellent Trip
March 17, 2016
The guide was extremely educational and had a fun sense of humor. The ruins were wonderful (my first Maya experience).
Reviewer: LaRue
4 Stars
Good excursion!
March 11, 2016
Enjoyed the excursion. Great guide. Wish they could have picked us up at the port, but just a short walk.
Reviewer: JLS
4 Stars
Construction for the Colorado (Red)
March 10, 2016
Enrigue was very knowledgable. Enlish was very good. Good with the 2 kids we had in the group.
Reviewer: Adventure Granny
5 Stars
We had a great time seeing the ruins
March 06, 2016
We had very organized service, the day went very smooth so we were able to relax and enjoy the tour. Thanks for setting everything up.
Reviewer: Kay
5 Stars
Mayan Ruins
February 29, 2016
The tour was very well planned. Our guides were very knowledgeable. It was a short walk to the office. However we found out later that their were guides trying to pick us up to transport us. The group was small so it was easy to hear and ask questions. One thing that really impressed me was another employee went with us carrying umbrellas and bottles of water. Most importantly he also carried a first aid kit in case someone has a fall on the steep steps. A great experience.
Reviewer: traveler tom
5 Stars
very educational
February 28, 2016
our guide was David. He was very interesting and knowledgeable of this area. The ruins were very impressive. I would highly recommend this tour. There was a lot of walking and we climbed top in one area.
Reviewer: Sadie Sue
5 Stars
excellent
February 20, 2016
I liked having a native tour guide
Reviewer: Edie
5 Stars
Good experience to see history
February 11, 2016
This was a high quality tour of the ruins. The tour guides were knowledgeable and helped work you through the crowds to get good photos. The driver was safe and the vans seemed newer and of good quality. It takes about 1 hour each way to get to/from the cruise port to the ruins. The roads are paved and modern. This is a walking tour where you will be on your feet for about 1 hour. There are no hills and the ground is mostly smooth for walking. Occasionally there would be a bench but mostly this is a walking tour and then standing while the guide explains the history. The meeting place is about a 10 minute walk from the gate at the cruise port. It is very easy to find and the walk from the port felt safe. I recommend this tour if you wold like to see the ruins.
Reviewer: Avid-Cruiser
5 Stars
Very interesting
January 31, 2016
A bit tiring with lots of walking to see the Mayan temples
Reviewer: Audie
4 Stars
Educational Excursion
January 29, 2016
Well organised educational excursion.
Reviewer: PK
4 Stars
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins Guides Were All Mayas
January 26, 2016
Tour was excellent. Native-run company. All working there are Mayas. The son of the farmer who discovered the runis was our tour guide. He lived there as a kid and showed us where his mother's kitchen was. Once in a lifetime experience. Well worth the money. Went with Celebrity Equinox for 12-night trip.
Reviewer: Kathy Savate
5 Stars
beautiful ruins and good value
January 22, 2016
We learned so much on this tour about Maya culture and about the ruins. Our family had a great time visiting the ruins and taking pictures.
Reviewer: Connie the traveler
5 Stars
Very interesting, excellent tour guide.
January 21, 2016
This was a very interesting tour given by a great tour director. She was very knowledgable about the Mayan culture and the ancient buildings we saw. The bus was clean and good, and the 1 hour ride just right.
Reviewer: Gman
5 Stars
Best tour available to the ruins
January 20, 2016
Great tour and great guide
Reviewer: Don
5 Stars
Definately Worth the Walk
January 14, 2016
Loved the fact that the organization was ""native"" and supported the locals that live and work in Costa Maya. Made the walk to the starting location worth it.
Reviewer: DC
5 Stars
Great cultural experience and vey informative.
January 09, 2016
Great experience...
Reviewer: Princess
5 Stars
The History and Cultural Lesson
January 08, 2016
Easily could have sent a van to pick us up from the pier. Instead we had to walk to the tour agency and were already hot and sweaty before the tour even began. They offered cold water bottles once we arrived which was nice, but also is an acknowledgement that they realize we have to walk a distance to the tour agency.
Reviewer: The Army Guy
5 Stars
Excellent Tour
January 07, 2016
small groups and good guide.
Reviewer: Me
5 Stars
Great guide Joel
January 07, 2016
Our guide Joel was both informative and entertaining
Reviewer: Jim Orlando
5 Stars
Enjoyed our tour!
December 29, 2015
Joel was our guild and we would highly recommend him. He was very educated in the History of the land and did a great job! I wish we would of had a little more time in town too, but we had to get back to the ship.
Reviewer: Ready for fun!
5 Stars
Great guides and very all around good persons
December 27, 2015
Awesome excursion
Reviewer: Alfonso
4 Stars
Fascinating Mayan Ruins
December 25, 2015
The excursion was well-organized, the bus was air-conditioned and comfortable. The guide was very knowlegable. The ruins did not disappoint.
Reviewer: AJC
5 Stars
Great TIME!!!
December 10, 2015
This was easy to find. Again we were on Carnival. It was alot of waiting around we rushed to get there because we missed the excusion the last port. Once the tour took off, the guy was WONDERFUL!! My Mother was with us and not able to walk long ways and there were others not wanting to do alot of walking. The guide was very accomodating and took us to the dining area so she could sit down and get something cool to drink.
Reviewer: Patty
5 Stars
Awesome! Will never book an excursion onboard agai
November 14, 2015
We felt like VIPs. The tour was more personalized and a better value than booking onboard. I would highly recommend. The tour was easy to find and we felt safe the entire time. We were provided with water throughout the trip. The guide was top notch. The driver even walked the entire trail to bring umbrellas because there was a chance of rain. Lots of photo opportunities.
Reviewer: Family of Four
5 Stars
Great Excursion!
April 13, 2015
Our guide Erick was knowledgeable and was able to provide us with interesting and factual information. A must do experience while in Costa Maya!
Reviewer: Dink
5 Stars
Great learning about Mayan Calendar
March 28, 2015
Our guide, Erich, went into great depth explaining the history of the Mayan Calendar and the different areas of the ruins. It was all very interesting. The driver even followed us around, offering additional water.
Reviewer: JB & Judy
5 Stars
Ask for Erick
March 23, 2015
Erick with TheNativeChoice was an outstanding tour guide. Very informative and knowledgeable.
Reviewer: 1st time cruisers
5 Stars
Maya ruins
March 06, 2015
Very hard to fine where tour originated.
Reviewer: Allan
4 Stars
excellent tour
February 27, 2015
well run operation and tour
Reviewer: Ray & Ellen
5 Stars
Intelligent, informed and engaged
February 26, 2015
Was a cost effective trip by ship standards. Well organizes, updated transportation and well over expectation trip guide and especially the site guide. My past experience was about 20 years ago, guide criteria was speak English, this time communication was excellent but what impressed most was the guides passon for preserving the Mexican historical treasures.
Reviewer: Jerry
5 Stars
Informative tour
February 20, 2015
Was very informative, the drive out to the ruins was great, Kasi, gave us a lot of information about the areas we were driving through, and the Myan people and culture. She was a wealth of knowledge. When we got there our guide for the tour was also great. I was somewhat worried about not using a cruise excursion, but, we had fun and learned a lot, got back in time to look around and shop some, though Costa Maya is very small.
Reviewer: Trish
4 Stars
Great tour
February 14, 2015
best of the the 3 side trips during my cruise
Reviewer: jeepguy
5 Stars
Mayan Ruins
February 01, 2015
Great informed and friendly tour guides. great bus.
Reviewer: Big Taveler
4 Stars
Best tour of our trip!
January 24, 2015
A great tour to see the ruins at Chacchoben! Our guide David was a walking encyclopedia. He gave us so much history of the Mayans, and info about present-day life in Costa Maya, that it was almost overwhelming. He accompanied us during our tour of the actual ruins, very happy to answer any of our questions. He also made sure we were aware of problem areas, like the many fire ant mounds. Area is jungle and very humid. Recommend insect spray. The bus stopped so we could buy bags of fresh pineapple from a roadside vendor, and even that was a neat expeience, as well as delicious!
Reviewer: Frona
5 Stars
Wonderful tour!
January 19, 2015
Weather was cool, otherwise this would have been a hot day. Mosquitoes were not out. Nice facilities at the ruins. We climbed ruins. Very strenuous. Not handicap friendly.
Reviewer: Kathy
5 Stars
Chcchoben Mayan Ruins
January 07, 2015
Had to walk off property but directions were fine. Walking route could have been better identified. Van transport was great. New vehicle. Guide was nice and very informative. His knowledge was great and very informative.
Reviewer: Marshall
4 Stars
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
January 06, 2015
Excellent guide, good exercise and interesting history of the people plus very interesting discussion of medicinal plants
Reviewer: PsychPro
4 Stars
Excellent tour
December 28, 2014
I wanted to see some Mayan ruins and this site seemed promising. It satisfied me. The tour company use by Shore Excursions Group took us to the site and back on a very good, flat and mostly straight road, in a reasonably comfortable van. The guide, whose name escapes me, was excellent -- very friendly and knowledgable. It was only a 50 minute ride from the port. The ruins are small, and only partly excavated, but certainly enough is there to give you a good sense of what the Mayans could do. The fact that it was not entirely excavated was a plus, for the contrast between before and after excavation. Note: the marketing material said there'd be a cafeteria on site. Not. I saw only a vending machine with drinks. I wouldn't have bought food anyway, so no big deal.
Reviewer: Jim the Traveler
5 Stars
Aztec descendant for a guide was great!
December 22, 2014
Having a true Aztec to guide the tour made it much more meaningful. Very knowledgeable and helpful.
Reviewer: Debbie
5 Stars
Great Company and Excellent Accommodatio
December 19, 2014
The agents in Casa Maya, Mexico were friendly and accommodating. We arrived 20 minutes after our group had already left, yet they managed to find us a ride and get us with our group for the rest of the tour. Very impressive!
Reviewer: Dr. K.
5 Stars
Better than expected
December 18, 2014
Above and beyond on customer service and friendliness. Tour guide Erik grew going to the site as a child since his parents worked on uncovering it. Erik spoke English very well. Bus driver was kind also. Be prepared to walk and climb up and down some steps on the ruins (only about a flight,but without Railings).
Reviewer: fp
5 Stars
Amazing - was on my bucket list!
June 04, 2014
A wonderful experience with fantastic guides. As a true plus, we asked and our guide graciously agreed to stop on the return trip at the road side business so we could buy fresh sliced pineapple. It had been harvested earlier in the day. Be sure to get the local ""chili"" pepper to put on the pineapple. For the whole sum of one US dollar, we had a great culinary experience to top off a truly remarkable educational/historical experience.
Reviewer: TootMO49
5 Stars
Fantastic excursion into history!
June 03, 2014
Great trip! The tour guide, at our request, had the bus stop along the way so we could buy fresh pineapple from the vendors along the road. Simply fantastic - be sure to try the ""pepper"" on your pineapple. And for only one dollar per zip lock bag - how could you go wrong.
Reviewer: TootMo49
5 Stars
Informative, Educational
April 04, 2014
Great excursion. Guide was very knowledgeable and informative. Made the trip a really good experience. Learned a great deal of the Mayan Culture as well as seeing the ruins of the civilization.
Reviewer: CC
4 Stars
Informative and Interesting
March 13, 2014
The mini bus was clean and comfortable. Our guide was knowledgeable and easy to understand. We had reasonable amounts of time at each spot.
Reviewer: KD
4 Stars
Best way to see Costa Maya
March 07, 2014
The park has done an exceptional job of allowing access to this unique site while protecting it at the same time. The number of excavated sites was far more than we expected. We also saw several monkeys in the park. Great walk on well maintained trails. A few vendors at the entrance but no hassle at all. A fwe unique items among the generic if you look. Clean restrooms.
Reviewer: John Boy
5 Stars
Great Tour
March 01, 2014
Our guide was extremely informative. He got all the information he could possibly pack in on our drive to the ruins. Once at the ruins he spent a lot of time explaining everything. The ride back was filled with even more information. He was really great.
Reviewer: Cammie
5 Stars
Thoroughly positive experience!
February 27, 2014
Other than the unnecessarily convoluted directions to the tour office, I have only praise for this service. The bus was the most luxurious, comfortable, clean bus I've ever encountered. All personnel were welcoming, personable, very fluent in English, and knowledgeable. I was very impressed with the plentiful free water provided - big change from the cruise ship that sold bottles of water for $4.50! I loved every aspect of this excursion.
Reviewer: Rose
5 Stars
Native Destinations the best tour group.
January 22, 2014
Native Destinations tour group was an excellent choice. Transportation in clean cool vans; small tour groups; knowledgeable guides. They had a second person following with umbrellas for unexpected rain and water and insect spray if needed. Wonderful experience.
Reviewer: Joni
5 Stars
The best tour and guide ever!
December 27, 2013
Extremely informed guide..Ivan Cohuo..he shared personal insight and really enjoyed our interest. I would like to go back in 5 or 10 years to see the advancement in restoration. I have recommended this excursion with ""Native Choice"" tours to several people already!
Reviewer: Michele M
5 Stars
What a great tour!
December 07, 2013
What a thrill to tour these ruins with the son of the man who discovered them. It was very interesting and educational. I would do it again. It makes me want to know more.
Reviewer: Sadiecat
5 Stars
Very Informative and Interesting
November 22, 2013
Very Informative and Interesting
Reviewer: Crusing 2013
4 Stars
A very educational tour
November 21, 2013
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and really enjoyed sharing historical information with us. Our tour guide went out of her way to show all of us a great time
Reviewer: Viper
5 Stars
Great tour
November 10, 2013
This was a great tour. Beautiful ruins and park area. Water provided for participants. Stopped for fresh pineapple!!
Reviewer: Cruiser Dwight
5 Stars
Such an amazing experience!!!
July 22, 2013
This excursion was so fun and educational at the same time! Our guide Ivan knew his stuff! We learned so much about the Mayan culture and we were amazed by the ruins. They were much bigger than I had anticipated! We got a very personal tour and our guide Ivan made the drive and tour very fun and entertaining. He even let us stop to try the local favorite...Pineapple with chili powder. It was delicious. I was glad they started the tour early before it got too hot and we also beat the crowds from the cruise line excursions. We were left with plenty of time to shop and dine afterwards too. I highly recommend this tour!
Reviewer: JessicaN
5 Stars
Mayan Culture & Ruins were Geat
April 16, 2013
This was a super excursion. Our native guide, Enricque, has been studing Mayan history and culture for 47+ years. He is extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of the area. He explain the local culture and all facets of what happened to and where the Mayans are. He even stopped the van, 10 tourist aboard, and bought local pineapple for us to try it's taste using local hot pepper spice. A delight! I'll never eat fresh pineapple again without it. The trip was very interesting and comfortable. At the ruins our small group was instilled with more facts and knowledge then the tourists who came in on the 3 large busses from the ship booked excursions. We highly recommend this excursion as we had a super time. We would go back in a heart beat!
Reviewer: JC the Adventure
5 Stars
Well Worth Time and Money
March 08, 2013
The trasportation vehicles to and from the site were very clean, comfortable, and the AC worked well. The guides were very knowledgeable and personable. They spoke english well. Wonderful was to experience something that was on my ""bucket list.""
Reviewer: Blueberry Gal
5 Stars
A page in history
March 03, 2013
Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting!
Reviewer: Candace
5 Stars
Totally interesting
February 09, 2013
Was very interesting. Our guide, Frine, was very knowledgable and was able to answer all of our questions even some that were a little off the wall. I actually thought she was possibly an archeologist herself. The only thing wrong was it was raining pretty hard. Take an umbrella.
Reviewer: StanR
5 Stars
Very educational trip
January 27, 2013
well organized trip van ride was good
Reviewer: Ryan
4 Stars
Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
October 02, 2012
This was an excellent excursion run by The Native Choice. The guides have personal ties to the area and the culture and taught us so much! The location is beautiful and wonderous. Our guide, Ivan Cohou was totally amazing with his stories, knowledge, personal experiences and passion for this place and his native heritage. Even the smallest detail was pointed out and explained to us. His sense of humour made the van ride most enjoyable (along with the pineapple and chile pepper...yum!) Our group was small and intimate which allowed you to hear and experience everything so well and also gave the opportunity to ask lots of questions and just talk in general. Please, if you want an excellent, informative, and complete experience do yourself a favour and check out the opportunites with The Native Choice!
Reviewer: Catwoman
5 Stars
AWESOME EXCURSION!!!
September 27, 2012
This excursion was amazing! Our guide, Frine, was so knowledgeable. She was very friendly and knew everything there is to know about the Maya. She explained geography and info about the land during the ride out to the ruins. There wasn't a lull in conversation and she answered all our questons and engaged us in conversation. The ruins themselves were amazing! So beautiful and Frine had amazing stories and information on all the areas we saw. She even knew about the plants, trees, bugs, and other vegetation. There seemed to be nothing she didn't know! She was so interesting to talk to - she even memorized some of our names! She was the best guide we've ever had on an excursion. We did walk for about 2 hours but we went at a very slow pace and we didn't get very worn out. The tour group had a guy come up to us half way through and brought us cold bottles of water. On the way home we asked more questions and Frine shared a little about herself. She was the most interesting person we met while on our 7 day vacation and we feel so lucky to have has such a wonderful guide. She really cared about our experience and wanted to share all her knowledge with us. She was awesome!
Reviewer: Anita
5 Stars
Amazing experience
September 12, 2012
Our guide, Ivan Cohou was so knowledgeable and passionate about this place and tour. Really made you feel how special the entire experience was. I learned so very much! Would recommend to any and everyone. Was a lot of fun too because Ivan had a great sense of humour as well as a wealth of knowledge.
Reviewer: Catwoman
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
August 28, 2012
Loved the guide, very Knowledgeable. He knew his history. Loved the smaller group. Worth the $$.
Reviewer: sue
5 Stars
MUST SEE
May 14, 2012
JUST THE WHOLE TRIP WAS VERY WORTHWILE,AND THE FACT THE GUIDE REALY KNEW HIS STUFF.
Reviewer: ED B
5 Stars
Well worth the money.
April 20, 2012
Good trip.
Reviewer: Rich
5 Stars
Excellent Native Choice
April 20, 2012
Excellent Native Choice, timely return to ship and extra time at the beach
Reviewer: Mayan Ruin
5 Stars
Wonderful
March 30, 2012
The guide was great. Lots of unique information. Even the ride was entertaining.
Reviewer: Lisa
4 Stars
Costa Maya
March 29, 2012
We were a little apprehensive as to the meeting point, but once the bus arrived, we were in for a comfortable ride and a wonderful experience. The guide was knowledgable and the site was well maintained. we never felt rushed, and frequently stopped to ask questions on the spur of the moment. There were plenty of photo ops.
Reviewer: satisfied customer
5 Stars
Wonderful!
March 26, 2012
Our guide Ivan grew up living in the ruins and has an amazing grasp on the local native heritage and society. The bus was clean and had great A/C. Our guide was a wonderful host and conversationalist. We left knowing more about the Mayan lifestyle and history than I expected. Shop keepers at the ruins are nice and have better prices than town. Just bring cash and a smile!
Reviewer: Down from Tampa
5 Stars
Great Intro to Mayan Culture
March 21, 2012
The native guide knew everything about the ruins and the city. She was obviously very excited to share. Bonus: We were really the only ones there as the cruise ship excursions went somewhere else. Bonus: The guide also provided alot of ecological/biological knowledge.
Reviewer: Dan
4 Stars
AWESOME!
March 16, 2012
WE ENJOYED THIS TOUR IMMENSELY. THE DRIVE TO THE MAYAN RUINS GAVE US A NICE TOUR OF THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY. THE RUINS ITSELF WAS TREMONDOUS.
Reviewer: MONTALKER
5 Stars
One of the best excursions ever!!
March 15, 2012
Our guide was very knowledgable and did an excellent job explaining about the Mayan Ruins and the local culture. The smaller group was a very big plus. I felt we had plenty of personal attention and experienced answers to our questions.
Reviewer: Denise the Equestrian
5 Stars
Awesome, very informative
March 03, 2012
it was great, nothing bad to say
Reviewer: n/a
5 Stars
Well informed tour guide/Excellent tour
February 23, 2012
Our well informed tour guide, Ivan, brought these Mayan people back to life during this tour. We learned so much about the Mayan culture both then and now. I hope that my Mayan history buff grandson will be able to visit this site in the very near future. Thanks for a great tour.
Reviewer: Brad
5 Stars
An educational experience
February 09, 2012
Our guide, Ivan, really made the excursion. He is a native Mayan and really endeavered to convey not only the historical and archeologica facts of the Mayan civilization but the spirit of their culture-what they believed in.
Reviewer: Al
5 Stars
Greatest tourguide ever
January 31, 2012
Best tourguide ever
Reviewer: Nancy the nurse
5 Stars
Incredible Structures
January 30, 2012
The trip to the Chacchoben ruins was just an incredible excursion. Our guide could not have been better. She was knowledgeable about the ruins and wanted to share this knowledge with us. Our guide in the van was very accommodating. I had a excellent day.
Reviewer: Elaine
5 Stars
Very good
January 26, 2012
Very good tour, glad we picked Native Choice, with Jacob and Veronica and Saul our driver. Much better than if we went with a big tour. Also saved $50 by going with them plus got free water unkike the cruise ship tour. So please pick them and help the little guy
Reviewer: miss sandra
5 Stars
Amazing Tour
January 16, 2012
This was very informative. We learned things we did not know about Mayan culture. Very well done.
Reviewer: rnrhis
4 Stars
Educational and accomodating
January 14, 2012
The trip and the guide were exceptional. The Maya Ruins are well worth seeing. Part of this trip is easy going and part is more strenous. I was not able to go on all of the trip, but I waited in the shade while the groupe toured the rest of the site and returned to pick up me and a few other handicaped people. The tour was enjoyable for all.
Reviewer: Bryce
4 Stars
Something to see.
January 12, 2012
Great experience.
Reviewer: red
4 Stars
Nice day
December 30, 2011
I have been to several Mayan sites and this was my favorite.
Reviewer: traveler
4 Stars
Very unique - fantastic!
December 15, 2011
The guides were fantastic and we felt safe and well cared for. It's an hour ride each way in a van so keep that in mind. There are restrooms and snacks available on site.
Reviewer: Jonathan
4 Stars
Interesting Place
December 09, 2011
Excellent service and very knowledgeable guide.
Reviewer: Quiet Traveler
4 Stars
Great experience. Highly recommend.
November 25, 2011
Our guide was highly knowledgeable about everything we asked about from local culture to Mayan history. The tour itself does require some walking but it was at a comfortable pace with several opportunities to rest. It was a wondeful experience overall.
Reviewer: The Swedes
5 Stars
Absolutely fabulous tour guide!
November 18, 2011
Our tour guide at the ruins, Ivan, is an owner of the company and a Mayan by birth. He was beyond knowledgeable and a great teacher...took us on a tour that was about twice as long as we expected and we could have continued all day! Afterwards, the trip to the Blue Lagoon offered a nice, freshly made lunch and then a relaxing swim. The lagoon is pretty and offers kayaking and bouncy water toys that the kids on the tour enjoyed. The supervisor of the tour was really nice and accommodating. He even stopped the bus so we could buy fresh pineapple with lime and chili powder on the way to the ruins.
Reviewer: Ruthdatruth
4 Stars
Great tour and tour guide
August 10, 2011
The tour guide we had was so good! She had an in depth knowledge of the Maya people and their cultural history. I have toured Mayan ruins before and been disappointed. Our tour guide this time is what made this tour so worth while. Well worth the money for the excursion.
Reviewer: Julles
5 Stars
Last Resort
July 19, 2011
This was a good experience. It was very hot, so I would definitely recommend bringing some water and wearing cool clothes. The guide seemed educated on the ruins, but he was very hard to hear. The ruins themselves made the trip worthwhile, since you can't see them anywhere. you can climb on some and take pictures. However, if you are really interested in the ruins, I would recommend visiting a larger city. We chose this one because it was the only place we didn't have another excursion booked. It was kind of a long drive (I don't know exactly how long because I slept), but my wife told me the guide in the van was giving somewhat of a tour. If you have young kids, I would say this is not for you. However, if you would like to say you went to the ruins, but don't want a 6 hour excursion like all the other ones, and don't care to see a huge city then this is for you.
Reviewer: Ben
4 Stars
Great Tour, Very Informative
June 28, 2011
Excellent tour. The operators picked us up at the pier where we transferred by air conditioned bus to the main office where we were split into smaller groups. We then took an approximately 45 minute air conditioned van ride to the ruins. Our van guide Luiza and driver Rudy were great. At the ruins we were assgned to Joel who lives in the Chacchoben area and was very informative. Knowing that the excursions booked through the cruise line were coming later, he gave us the opportunity to take pictures while there were limited people in the area and then proceeded with each of his talks which were all very informative and very interesting. He was very passionate about his job and it showed. At the last stop on the tour you get to climb to an incredible view of multiple ruins. On the way back to the pier, we stopped in a local village for pineapple ($1 US) and some ""3 spice chili"" powder (INCREDIBLE). Great time and great tour.
Reviewer: Magicandbird
4 Stars
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
June 23, 2011
Probably one of the best shore excursions ever and the best one on this cruise! Highly knowledgable guide and friendly staff.
Reviewer: Joel
5 Stars
Great Jeep Ride
May 26, 2011
Fun
Reviewer: Punk
4 Stars
Good Excursion, good value
May 05, 2011
Our guide was great. He educated us as much as led us. His detailed explanation of the Mayan culture went a long ways toward putting the ruins and the history of the Mayan people (and that part of Mexico)into the proper context. The guide and driver were both very responsive to the groups needs. The one down side is the incovenience of getting to the tour company offices from the port.
Reviewer: The Mongoose
4 Stars
The Highlight of Costa Maya!
April 21, 2011
Seeing the Ruins was the highlight of our Costa Maya trip. We took the bus to the site and stopped for delicious Mexican pineapple along the way, which I thought was a unique part of the experience. Our guide, Victoria, was extremely knowledgeable and funny and made learning all about the Mayan culture a terrific and entertaining experience. The only complaint I have is that the bus we rode in on filled up w/others who were not originally on it, forcing us to ask for another ride from others at the site. Everyone was very nice and very helpful. Other than that, though, visting Chacchoben was money AND time well spent. I would do it all over again!
Reviewer: Hfunk
5 Stars
Excellent Guide Adapted Well to Changes.
March 24, 2011
We were enjoying our small group tour very much when another large group was added to ours because their guide did not show up. We had specifically chosen the smaller group tour and were not happy that we became part of a huge group. Our guide was excellent and handled both groups well. It was very hot and we appreciated the bottled water that was freely handed out along the tour. I would definitely recommend this company and hope that all the guides show up next time.
Reviewer: JendaBrain
5 Stars
Best Tour Guide Ever!
March 16, 2011
Easy reservation process. Easy to locate company at the port. Helpful and polite employees.
Reviewer: Choirchick
4 Stars
Great Tour!
February 24, 2011
Great tour! Our guide was born on the site of the ruins. He was so knowledgeable and anxious to share his heritage with our group. We would highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: NC Travelers
5 Stars
Great experience!
February 10, 2011
This was a great experience! The guide was very knowledgable and was personally expereienced with the location.
Reviewer: Cruiser
4 Stars
Great Tour
December 06, 2010
This was the only excursion that we booked on our own and it was the best one we took. They had the same one through the cruse line but we saved a few dollars by booking it on our own. The local guide we had was great and knew alot about the Mayans and the Ruins. We had a great time and I will use Shore Excursions again.
Reviewer: John
5 Stars