Costa Maya Chacchoben Mayan Ruins Excursion Reviews

Deep in the Mexican jungle, Chacchoben is among the most famous ruins in Cozumel. These ancient pyramids have been excavated and restored, and now stand as testament to the myths and rituals of the mysterious Mayan peoples.
Sail Date: February 2019
4 hour trip - 1 hour to the ruins and one hour back. 2 hours spent exploring Mayan ruins. Frederico was the tour guide - very knowledgeable!
4 hour trip - 1 hour to the ruins and one hour back. 2 hours spent exploring Mayan ruins. Frederico was the tour guide - very knowledgeable! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: February 2019
Tour we chose was 85 bucks per person, they had other options. The ruins were fantastic, they are relatively new and remote, so there weren't too many people. Guide knew a lot about the history and language of the Mayan people.
Tour we chose was 85 bucks per person, they had other options. The ruins were fantastic, they are relatively new and remote, so there weren't too many people. Guide knew a lot about the history and language of the Mayan people. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
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Sail Date: February 2019
The tour of Chacchoben was four hours on a bus and two at the ruins the guide was very knowledgeable and did a good job but i was disappointed in the limited amount of time at the ruins. It was really crowded so it was hard to get pictures ... Read More
The tour of Chacchoben was four hours on a bus and two at the ruins the guide was very knowledgeable and did a good job but i was disappointed in the limited amount of time at the ruins. It was really crowded so it was hard to get pictures of the ruins without people in them but i was glad i went. I was also delighted because we saw some spider monkeys playing in the trees by the ruins. I had never seen monkeys in their natural habitat before this and it was a good expirience Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: February 2019
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins Deluxe – Well Worth It! Booking Chacchoben Mayan Ruins Deluxe (U Tours) online through our cruise line (NCL) was another great tour (Feb 21st). Because, it was a small bus with a maximum of 12 persons, our ... Read More
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins Deluxe – Well Worth It! Booking Chacchoben Mayan Ruins Deluxe (U Tours) online through our cruise line (NCL) was another great tour (Feb 21st). Because, it was a small bus with a maximum of 12 persons, our guide Pablo of Mayan descent, was able to give us an in-depth history of the Mayan culture and history. He was also able to accommodate all our questions. His experience was considerable and evident. Our driver, Ivan, was also good and you felt safe and secure with him at the steering wheel. I would highly recommend this tour :) Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: February 2019
Took the Deluxe tour with Jacome. We were the very first group at the Chacchoben site, and we watched the sun rise over the pyramids. The deluxe tour is the way to go - comfortable, educational, small group and in and out before the crowds ... Read More
Took the Deluxe tour with Jacome. We were the very first group at the Chacchoben site, and we watched the sun rise over the pyramids. The deluxe tour is the way to go - comfortable, educational, small group and in and out before the crowds take over the site. Chaccoben was incredible - amazing experience to climb up to the tomb and temple sites. The size of the city and the quality of the ruins is something very special. Jacome was a wonderful guide - answered all of our questions, taught us about the Maya and the specifics of this site. He was a very educational and entertaining guide, and we learned a lot about the Yucatan area in general, and how the Mahahual area is different than other parts. We got to see a lot of changes in climate zones on our drive from the coast inland, and he shared a lot about the history and current challenges of this young part of the country. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: February 2019
The ancients Mayan's knew how to build! Informative and interesting.
The ancients Mayan's knew how to build! Informative and interesting. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Sail Date: February 2019
We booked this as the exclusive drive small group with 10 people. The drive was about an hour and we spend about 2 - 2,5 hours at the actual site. Very impressive and our tour guide was very knowledgeable.
We booked this as the exclusive drive small group with 10 people. The drive was about an hour and we spend about 2 - 2,5 hours at the actual site. Very impressive and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sail Date: February 2019
Excellent We loved our guide Priscilla and Jaime Very detailed in communication about trip The food at the port was excellent too
Excellent We loved our guide Priscilla and Jaime Very detailed in communication about trip The food at the port was excellent too Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: February 2019
The ruins were interesting and the guide was great, but we felt like cattle being herded until we finally got to the bus. The seats on the bus made airline seats seem like lounge chairs.
The ruins were interesting and the guide was great, but we felt like cattle being herded until we finally got to the bus. The seats on the bus made airline seats seem like lounge chairs. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: January 2019
1 hour drive each way on major highway . Easy trip great cultural , historical and culinary. Lady was selling Mayan tamales and they were delicious. Guide was fantastic Jesus and Salvador the bus driver was very safe.
1 hour drive each way on major highway . Easy trip great cultural , historical and culinary. Lady was selling Mayan tamales and they were delicious. Guide was fantastic Jesus and Salvador the bus driver was very safe. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: January 2019
Was a amazing bus ride with history the whole way there and ruins were and are the best ones if ur doing a ruins tour
Was a amazing bus ride with history the whole way there and ruins were and are the best ones if ur doing a ruins tour Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: January 2019
The ruins were extensive and well preserved. We were fortunate to have a guide who was quite knowledgeable so that made the tour even more enjoyable.
The ruins were extensive and well preserved. We were fortunate to have a guide who was quite knowledgeable so that made the tour even more enjoyable. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Sail Date: January 2019
4-5 hour tour we found online beforehand for half the price NCL was charging. The guide was funny and very informative about just about anything we could throw at her. We got the excursion that included stopping by a resort for a few hours ... Read More
4-5 hour tour we found online beforehand for half the price NCL was charging. The guide was funny and very informative about just about anything we could throw at her. We got the excursion that included stopping by a resort for a few hours too, which was nice and secluded. On the way back we stopped for fresh pineapple with chili peppers on it which was nice. The van was decent sized and air conditioned. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: January 2019
Lisbeth was our guide and she was informative and knowledgeable about the ruins. It was good because we took the small group tour (10 people) and she was able to have show and tell with us.
Lisbeth was our guide and she was informative and knowledgeable about the ruins. It was good because we took the small group tour (10 people) and she was able to have show and tell with us. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: January 2019
This is the best tour I've ever been on in Mexico. Our guide was mixed Mayan, and was more interested in answering our questions than in selling us something. This is rare. He knew a lot about the ruins and we really enjoyed the ... Read More
This is the best tour I've ever been on in Mexico. Our guide was mixed Mayan, and was more interested in answering our questions than in selling us something. This is rare. He knew a lot about the ruins and we really enjoyed the tour. The ruins themselves are not fully excavated, so you get to see what it looked like upon discovery. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: January 2019
The historical ruins were enhanced by one of the best guides we have ever had anywhere. His name was Luis. He was prepared with maps, documents and artifacts so the bus ride was educational and interesting. He continued with these ... Read More
The historical ruins were enhanced by one of the best guides we have ever had anywhere. His name was Luis. He was prepared with maps, documents and artifacts so the bus ride was educational and interesting. He continued with these during our exploration of the ruins. His "shell phone" was very effective keeping the group smoothly moving along. He even had examples of Mayan instruments and sports equipment. He made our day! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: January 2019
Small buses, interesting and passionate guide Lorenzo. But the port employees make everything so you don't exit the port by yourself to good to their booth.
Small buses, interesting and passionate guide Lorenzo. But the port employees make everything so you don't exit the port by yourself to good to their booth. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: December 2018
We booked a private tour of the Chacchoben Mayan ruins for this stop. The actual port was incredibly hard to get out. It is basically a waterside mall that was a labyrinth to get our of the port to meet our private guide. I would give ... Read More
We booked a private tour of the Chacchoben Mayan ruins for this stop. The actual port was incredibly hard to get out. It is basically a waterside mall that was a labyrinth to get our of the port to meet our private guide. I would give yourself at least 30 minutes to get out of the port if doing a private tour. Our tour was fantastic and after the ruins we went to a pineapple plantation which was interesting and tasty. Overall this was a great stop, I found the cruise terminal too commercial but once outside the gates I felt like our tour guide showed us the real Mexico. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Sail Date: December 2018
Would've given this a higher score, but the food provided by the tour company made a number of us sick.
Would've given this a higher score, but the food provided by the tour company made a number of us sick. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: December 2018
Took the Native Choice tour, which included a meal with a Mayan family descendant. It rained during the ruins tour, but we still enjoyed seeing the pyramids. The meal with the Mayan family is the real star of this tour. The meal was ... Read More
Took the Native Choice tour, which included a meal with a Mayan family descendant. It rained during the ruins tour, but we still enjoyed seeing the pyramids. The meal with the Mayan family is the real star of this tour. The meal was fantastic, and the hospitality of this Mayan family will never be forgotten. What a special experience!!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sail Date: December 2018
Great tour guide, interesting topic and history. Got crowded later in day so try to get on earlier bus. There was an older couple with homemade tostadas for sale where the busses parked and we saw bus driver eating there... so we bought ... Read More
Great tour guide, interesting topic and history. Got crowded later in day so try to get on earlier bus. There was an older couple with homemade tostadas for sale where the busses parked and we saw bus driver eating there... so we bought some and it was AMAZING. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: December 2018
The ruins were great, but our guide...hm...not so great. I would still recommend the tour. As soon as you leave the ship and get to the end of the pier, you'll see a ot of people holding signs to the Chacchoben. You form a line and ... Read More
The ruins were great, but our guide...hm...not so great. I would still recommend the tour. As soon as you leave the ship and get to the end of the pier, you'll see a ot of people holding signs to the Chacchoben. You form a line and they will take you to the buses - the process was super quick. You hop on the bus, sign a waiver and you're good to go. It's an hour drive to the ruins. The tour guide gives you information about the Mayans, the ruins and the language. When you arrive, you have around 1:30h to explore - some time with the guide and some time on your own. You can buy a souvenir if you want. Then, hop on the bus, take a nap and you're back to the port. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: December 2018
The bus ride in was a rolling info-mercial. The tour guide was heavy on over selling herself. The ruins were basically a re-stacked rock pile. Even the guide said they didn't know exactly what they had looked like. not worth the ... Read More
The bus ride in was a rolling info-mercial. The tour guide was heavy on over selling herself. The ruins were basically a re-stacked rock pile. Even the guide said they didn't know exactly what they had looked like. not worth the time, chose another activity. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: December 2018
Great little ride to the ruins. This was our shortest port and could have used extra time.
Great little ride to the ruins. This was our shortest port and could have used extra time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: December 2018
Great tour guides, saved a bit from ship excursion rates.
Great tour guides, saved a bit from ship excursion rates. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises