Recently my boyfriend, his family and I took a 7 day cruise that stopped at Costa Maya. Before the cruise, we did some research on excursions and came across the Native Choice group. After reading the great reviews, we decided to go on the Mayan Experience tour, which gave us time to see the temples of the ancient Mayans at Chachoben and life in a modern day Mayan village.
We started our excursion by walking a few blocks outside of the port to the Native choice office. We were then placed in a comfortable van with Miguel as our driver. The car was comfortable and Miguel was prepared with multiple bottles of water and lots of umbrellas in case of rain. Our tour guide Frine was great. Her knowledge of the Yucatan peninsula, the food, culture, and history was immense and she shared this information with us in an interesting and personable manner. From the Native choice office we drove about 40 minutes to the ruins. On the way we passed a small town known for growing pineapple. I highly recommend stopping and buying some pineapple coated with chili powder off the side of the road. That was the sweetest pineapple I have ever tasted.
Our time at the ruins was great. Frine gave us enough time to explore the temples and take pictures. She was able to explain the layout of the Mayan temple plaza and also point out the plants that were actually used in Mayan times. After some time at the ruins we made our way to a modern Mayan town. We got to see how modern Mayans lived in the modern world. We were also able to learn how to make tortillas by hand and partook in an amazing feast which consisted of chicken tamales. braised Chicken, harbanero and onion salsa, fresh tortillas, sweetened hibiscus tea, and an amazing flan. We then headed back to port. I highly recommend this excursion.
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