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Chacchoben Ruins

Costa Maya | Quintana Roo, Mexico
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Atlanta, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

My wife and I are Mayan enthuasist. It there is a Mayan ruin we are planning to go there or have already been there. Chacchoben is a jewel that is often overlooked. It is off the beaten track. It is 4 hours from Cancun so the drive makes it almost too far. There are few visitors. A few cruise ships... More

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I booked the excursion through the Carnival Sunshine. The bus ride to the ruins was about 45 minutes. The guide Elizabeth was outstanding. She was very knowledgable about the people of the region, and the culture. Upon arriving at the start of the excursion, there are rest rooms available and little stalls to puchase local crafts, along with snacks and... More

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Rutland, Massachusetts
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This was a tour offered through the Disney Cruise Line. Proudly sporting our Goofy stickers we followed the guide with the matching sign. I must admit that is was a bit disconcerting to see soldiers standing by the ship with automatic weapons in hand and attack dogs on a leash. We walked right past them looking straight ahead but I... More

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San Jose, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was my first visit to Mayan ruins. While it's not as breathtaking as Machu Picchu, I thought the site was interesting and beautiful. The ruins were actually bigger than I expected. The grounds are well-manicured and getting there was a nice ride though the mangrove swamps. I would definitely go outside the cruise terminal to schedule a tour because... More

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Evans, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We booked this excursion through the Carnival Sunshine. With a very short day in Costa Maya, we felt that this would be geared to the ship time and ours. We queued up at the end of the pier and had a short wait while a bus was prepared. The drive to the ruins is about 45 minutes. Our guide (Jesus... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Cool place to visit. The tour guide was very helpful as you learned much about this fabulous place. If you can go, use the smaller charters as you get a more personalized experience and apparently help local commerce. Not to mention the ride in the van is more comfortable than the bus. Check this place out no matter which way... More

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Southfield, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We enjoyed the ruins while on a western cruise. Our tour guide was amazing, very knowledgeable and funny! The location is well-maintained and allows you to explore much of the area on your own. You learn about the history and culture, and how the Mayans lived. Very inspiring and beautiful! Definitely recommend to visitors!

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We arrived on the Carnival Sunshine and were running late. This was the first time I used a local excursion provider and was nervous when we were late. After a 15 minute walk from the pier we, 4 adults and 1 child, reached the business. They offered free bottled water while assuring us the tardiness was no issue. Once another... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We went on a great tour of these ruins. They aren't as large as some others, but they are less crowded. Many are still being excavated, so it lends a more wild feel to them.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Awesome experience the tour company was excellent. Really enjoyed the tour. We use a travel provider.

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