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“Dzibanche Ruins in Costa Maya through The Native Choice”
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Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Chetumal
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Ancient Mayan city with impressive pyramids and buildings.
Reviewed September 22, 2014

My husband and I booked our Dzibanche Maya Ruins Tour excursion through The Native Choice instead of Carnival to get away from the "cruise crowds" (aka "moo tourists") and we were very impressed with the price, value, and service. The Native Choice's confirmation included everything needed; from detailed instructions about where to meet, what to bring/wear, and what to do if cruise dates changed (we went at peak hurricane season!). We were the only two people on this excursion with our very knowledgeable guide, David. David made the two hour drive seem too short as he taught us about the site we would visit, the areas through which we traveled, and about Mayan and world history. Dzibanche is a very remote and quiet (other than toucans and howler monkeys) location and other than a maintenance worker, it was just us and our guide...and the wildlife. Many of the buildings/pyramids/temples have been excavated and restored and many have not. Only the main pyramid was closed as it was still being excavated. David also knew about plants that help ward off mosquitoes, which were thankfully not a problem on our visit. If you want a more personal excursion at a lower cost, I highly recommend The Native Choice....and ask for David!

Date of experience: September 2014
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Reviewed September 21, 2014

Hot, rainy, and deserted. We didn't mind. This is a great site and a must see if you enjoy Mayan Ruins. The companion site included in the fee, M$160 for two, Kinich Na, was also very interesting. Great climbing. Only two locations were closed off. On this excursion, take time to go see Kokunlich.

Date of experience: September 2014
3  Thank Wes1320
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

This remote site felt untouched and very well preserved. In fact, there are so many surrounding ruins that are still being excavated! We used the Native Choice tours out of Costa Maya from our cruise ship. Our guide Erick was great. He gave us a history lesson on the Mayans and was very knowledgeable. My favorite story he told us was how the Yucatan peninsula was named. The Spanish asked "What is this land called?", to which the Mayans replied "I hear you speaking, but I don't understand you". This sounded to the Spanish like "Yucatan".
I would HIGHLY recommend bug spray as you'll get eaten alive!

Date of experience: May 2014
2  Thank Matthew M
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

100 pesos entry for two people. Dzibanche means "Writing on Wood".Also, this fee covers a smaller ruin site nearby called Kinichna which means "House of the Sun". Huge tree canopy and very few people.

While walking towards exit we heard blood curdling screams. Daniel the attendant at site was nice enough to lead us down a pathway and pointed out the howler monkeys in the trees to us. The male was making these incredible loud screams and the female was with a baby and adolescent in another tree. Watched them and attempted to get some photos.

Continued our walk down another pathway leading back to our car and about 20 spider monkeys went flying through the trees right above us. It was a spectacular show. A truly amazing sight. Tried to get some pictures as they went flying through. Tree branches and leaves raining down on us. So memorable.

Date of experience: March 2014
1  Thank Kitam3
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

A very well kept site with the ability to get right up to the ancient structures. Really worth seeing and taking photos. The place is not crowded and easy to get around but be prepared to do some walking over rough ground. Puts Egypt to shame.

Date of experience: February 2014
3  Thank czep
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