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“Chacchoben Maya Ruins”

The Native Choice Tours
Ranked #1 of 28 Tours in Mahahual
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Costa Maya Shore Excursions for guests from all cruise lines.
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Excellent choice if you are porting in Costa Maya on a cruise. There isn't alot to do or see on the beach of Costa Maya (very small and crazy expensive food/drinks at the two places there). We were very glad we booked this tour...the staff at Native Choice were all very friendly, helpful and spoke great English. We were greeted straight away and given a cold bottle of water. Our wait time was quick and we were off on a roomy coach bus with working AC.

The ride to Chacchoben takes about an hour from the time you get on the bus to the ruins. Our first guide, Joel made an introduction and proceeded to talk the whole ride there, giving us a complete history lesson the area, Mayan culture and Costa Maya - it was almost as good as the actual tour of the ruins!!!

We were separated into groups of 20 and given an English speaking guide who walked us through the park. There are about 3 or 4 structures that have been restored and a couple more than have not, so you get a really nice picture of what it looked like when discovered in the 70s and how it might have looked during the Mayan era. Very cool and an awesome piece of history. Be prepared to walk ALOT!! And there are gobs of people so bring your patience and a good camera!!

Well worth the money and time to take this tour - we would highly recommend Chacchoben to anyone visiting the area and even more so, Native Choice Tours!!

Thank Sarahmichellebliss
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

This tour was an excellent choice. Our guide Erick was from the area, and was very proud of his people. He went above and beyond in providing us with an explanation of the reasons for the existance, and layout of each part of the ruins. Entire trip was enjoyable thanks to the excellent presentation by our guide on the way to the ruins and during our tour of the ruins. Water was provided throughout the trip, which was much appreciated as it was quite warm.
The pineapple purchased for $1 a bag from a roadside vender, on the way home, was the best. Chile powder provided with the pineapple was very interesting, but a little to spicy for our taste buds. Ate most of our pineapple whithout sprinkling the spice on it.

Thank whack4
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Reviewed April 10, 2014

Wind conditions kept our cruise ship from docking. I was really looking forward to my Mayan tour but understood safety is first. I really appreciated that Native Choice had already processed a refund before I returned home and without me having to ask for it. This shows they stand by their guarantee. I hope to take a tour with them sometime in the future.

Thank slix1
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Reviewed April 10, 2014

We booked this tour from home. It was identical to the one offered on our cruise ship but for a lot less $$. Although the walk to the Native Choice Tour office was not far, on a hot day you will need to take your time and allow for at least 15 min. The staff are excellent. We were offered cold bottled water immediately and there are washroom available. It is about a 45 min. drive to the ruins in an air conditioned bus. Our guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable about the history and gave us information about the trees and plants around us. Our guide took his time and we didn`t feel rushed. Highly recommend this tour company.

Thank talktomona
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Reviewed April 10, 2014

We had a great family tour with Joel. He was excellent the entire tour. Since he grew up and lives in the area, he had several wonderful stories and a well informed local view. He was excellent as a guide, and we loved the Mayan ruins. Even better was the lunch with a local Mayan family. The customer service they all provided was outstanding, and the food was wonderful. We were with another family or two, so the group was smaller, and we had a wonderful time. We booked through Shore Excursions instead of our cruise ship and were glad we did.

Thank 3liebling
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