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Costa Maya Mayan Experience

Costa Maya, Mexico (Excursion ID S2248)

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  • Duration
    5 hours 30 min
  • Activity Level
  • Minimum Age
    All Ages
  • Languages
    EN | ES


  • Private round-trip transportation from your Costa Maya cruise ship meeting point (drop off at your pier)! 
  • Air-conditioned, fully licensed, and insured shore excursion transportation!
  • English-speaking and federally licensed drivers!
  • Traveler insurance!
  • Native local English-speaking private Costa Maya Excursion guide! 
  • Entrance fee into Chacchoben ruins!
  • Private guided excursion at the Chacchobben ruins, INAH certified bilingual excursion guides! 
  • Bottled water! 
  • A visit to Chacchoben Village and interaction with a local Mayan family at their home with a tortilla-making lesson! 
  • Complimentary Mayan lunch - varies daily! 

We have a great day planned for you. Join us as we become actively involved in the Mayan culture by visiting the Chacchoben Mayan ruins and then sharing an authentic Mexican meal with a local family in the nearby village. This is a great adventure Shore Excursion in Costa Maya Mexico that you'll be sure to remember.

Start your day by meeting with your guide just outside your Costa Maya cruise ship pier. Your English-speaking shore excursion guide will show you the way to comfortable transportation for a scenic drive. Rest in the air conditioning as your guide gives you some information about the ancient Maya culture along the way, and gives you some insight into the ruins you'll visit.

Once you arrive at the Chacchoben Mayan ruins you will be taken on a tour of the ancient structures. Not discovered until 1972, five structures have now been fully excavated and open to the public, but many more structures exist and the work continues. All the ruins date back to 200-400 AD. One of the finds that is impressive is the Great basement, which is where the anthropologists believe was once the site of many religious, civil, and astronomy ceremonies. Your guide will give your additional information.

Then, once your time at the Chacchobben Mayan Ruins ends, you will be taken to the nearby village. Be introduced to a host family and you can learn how to make the perfect tortilla. Afterward, you will enjoy a spicy, authentic, Mexican lunch made from local ingredients.

When your Costa Maya Mayan Experience Shore Excursion comes to an end, you will be returned to your Costa Maya Mexico cruise ship pier.

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Enjoy both culture and history on this interactive Costa Maya Shore Excursion to the famous Chacchoben Mayan Ruins and see firsthand the world of present-day Mayan descendants at Chacchoben Village. Learn to make tortillas and enjoy a Mayan lunch!


5 Reviews

Best excursion ever!
     5/5  (Visited on May 2019)
I can’t even begin to explain how amazing the excursion was. Our tour guide was Hugo....super wealth of knowledge
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One of a kind experience, very humbling
     5/5  (Visited on December 2018)
This excursion meeting point is a short walk out of the pier. (Excursion operator) is a business trying to maintain the Mayan communities and keep the traditions. The money you spend on this excursion stays in the mayan village. You will ride in an air condition bus, very comfortable they also offered free water several times throughout the excursion. Erik was very knowledge about the Mayan culture and traditions. The ruins are a site to see, pictures do not do it justice. Lunch in the Mayan village was the best meal we had all vacation. The Mayan women taught us how to press tortilla shells then they cooked them over a fire. There is also a small gift shop where all proceeds go back to the village. My family and I enjoyed this excursion the most. Next time we visit Costa Maya we will book with (excursion operator) again.
Costa Maya Mayan Experience One of a kind experience, very humblingShow Management Response

Interesting, fun, and informative.
     5/5  (Visited on November 2018)
I want to give this excursion a 10, but there are only 5 stars. We ran late and were afraid they would leave without us but they waited and told us they don't leave without everyone on board. Small family owned with a very personal touch. Our guide was previously a history teacher and his knowledge was incredible, he shared so much of the Mayan history with us and it made the trip there and back very interesting. The lunch was far more than what we expected, the women were wonderful hosts. Delicious food and presented very professionally. Thank you for an unforgettable tour!
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     5/5  (Visited on May 2018)
What a trip!... I'll highly recommend it to any one... the park & ruins are beautiful and well kept. But the best part was the tour guide (Lorenzo and Juan Carlos) these two young man were outstanding!.. they made the trip so enjoyable. We had a large group and they took great care of every one... they even stop on the road so we can buy pineapple... After the visiting the ruins they took us to a local village were we had the BEST meal ever... The owners of the place made us feel very welcome and very attentive... Place was clean food was out of this world... Thank you Lorenzo and Juan Carlos !..
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Luray, VA
Very Interesting and Enjoyable Tour!
     5/5  (Visited on October 2016)
There were about 12 in our tour, which was led by Kasi. She's a local Mayan who speaks excellent English (nice for us ignorant Americans). We visited the Chacchoben and had lunch with a family in Kasi's home village. The ruins are the nicest that we visited that week, with lots of well-placed shade trees and walking paths. Kasi and our driver Tacho handed out free ice-cold water several times, and did not rush us.They were knowledgeable about the ruins and very informative about Mayan life, both ancient and current. The tour was a refreshing change from the tours arranged by the cruise line. (Be aware, however, that you have to walk out of the cruise compound and about 4 blocks down the street to get to the operators office. Not a problem for us, though.)
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