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Chacchoben Ruins

Address: Costa Maya | Quintana Roo, Mexico
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks
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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Our tour guides name was Lisbeth and was very knowledgeable throughout the entire tour. Contrary to what others have told us, we were able to climb up the ruins. There are several, that only allow you to go up 5/6 steps due to safety concerns. There was one, that we did climb up 31 steps. Our 2 kids enjoyed this,... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Booked the tour in advance from the Carnival cruise website. Choose this 4 hour tour in Costa Maya over other longer tours in different ports. Maria our tour guide was informative and enthusiastic to share her knowledge about the area and her culture. It’s spellbinding to be in the midst of where the Mayans lived centuries ago and actually walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

The ride there was atrocious! We bounced wildly for 45-minutes! Although, the guide was providing us information about the culture, the crazy ride was distracting! However, when we got there, the Mayan monuments were breathtakingly beautiful and the guide was very informative.

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Broadway, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Visited the ruins as part of a NCL shore excursion along with lunch and private beach time. There is a lot of driving but the guide was great to provide lots of interesting information and facts during drive time. The ruins were fascinating. Just the right amount of time at the ruins for me. Although I heard others complain they... More 

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Peachtree City, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We chose this cruise tour because it was not all day and we wanted a taste of the Mayan history. All I can add is OMG!!. Far more than we expected. Our guide, Alejandro must be a Mayan scholar, if not he should be. The ride to the site was constantly updated with the local cultures and the economic endeavors.... More 

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We hired a cab for the day from Majahaul to bring us(5) to the ruins. Francisco picked us up at hotel and drove to ruins. Tour buses were a plenty when we got there. There are a series of fees that you pay ie $2 ea for parking,$4 each to enter and $40 for a guide for 6 people/split 5... More 

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We booked this excursion from Carnival Pride. I've long wanted to visit Mayan ruins, but knowing the limits of cruise timing this experience seemed like a good first taste with travel time and visit lasting about 4 1/2 hours. Our guide was excellent, though I am embarrassed to say I've forgotten his name. He reminded me of many of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We visited Chacchoben Mayan ruins during a Holland America Cruise port stop at Costa Maya. The bus ride took about 40 minutes to get to the ruins but the guide was a 100% Mayan descendant and was so knowledgable and informative the ride out and back was worth it just listening to him!! EXCELLENT!!! This was a huge highlight of... More 

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Mt Juliet, TN
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Our guide was Luiz Vellez and he was awesome. First, he has been a licensed tour guide for over 20 years. Then he keeps up with new things being discovered. He takes recordings of birds, has pass-outs of currency, photos of sites, Mayan alphabet tables. pictures of original Mayan books, and more. It was clear that he takes professional pride... More 

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Rotterdam, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Costa Maya was our first stop with the Carnival Pride cruise. Our tour guide was Daniel Balam Balam who was very knowledgeable and entertaining. He is an actual Mayan descendent, he had graphics which helped and answered all questions. it was about and hour bus ride to the ruins & buses were clean The Chacchoben ruins site is very big... More 

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