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“Amazing way to experience Chocchoben ruins”

The Native Choice Tours
Ranked #1 of 32 Tours in Mahahual
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Costa Maya Shore Excursions for guests from all cruise lines.
Reviewed 20 March 2017

On a day when two huge cruise ships pulled into Costa Maya, Native Choice provided a premium and amazingly intimate tour of the Chocchoben ruins. The tour started with a great little presentation given on their new and very comfortable vans about the local area, Mayan culture and history, and modern life in the Mahahual area. Our small group 8 people and two guides then toured the temples and plazas, and were given a delicious private lunch at a local family-operated restaurant (the "big pineapple" - fantastic fresh pineapple juice!). We then got to visit a private beach on the nearby lagoon, spent a couple of hours eating and drinking appetizers and pina coladas, swimming and canoeing. A great day, perfect in every way.

Thank maturinnyc
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

We chose The Native Choice from Tripadvisor reviews and were not disappointed. We did a Chacchoben Ruins Tour after docking at Costa Maya. Unfortunately the company cannot pick up at the port but don't let that dissuade you. My husband was wondering where I was leading him as it all seemed a little sketchy but we were never in harms way ... just follow the directions they provide to their building. With our guide Enrique and our driver Abel we were in great hands. Enrique spoke great English and was extremely knowledgeable. Not to mention the ruins were fascinating. There was a lot of walking and some climbing but it was very manageable. Abel kept us supplied with water which was very appreciated as it was very hot & humid. A great way to explore Mahahual and Chaccoben!

Thank Karen M
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

Excellent trip to interesting ruins. The office was easy to find and a relatively short walk from the port. The locals were helpful at finding the office. The transportation was in a brand new 12 passenger van. Our guide David was great provided lots of information and was patient with the entire group. The trip was comfortable and educational. There was a fair amount of walking and standing required during the tour. I would highly recommend this company for touring the Chacchoben Ruins from Costa Maya. The cruise ship price was twice as much for a large bus/large group tour.

Thank svisser
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

On our port stop from the Celebrity Equinox cruise ship we took the Mayan Ruins Tour at Chacchoben with the Native Choice tour company. This was a prearranged group tour [not through the cruise ship]. Our group received a discount since we had more than 40 participants. [$44pp] I noticed at the site a sign said tours were $40 pp. The ruins were almost an hour from the port area and we had transportation and narration between the port and the site. Therefore, even at full price it would seem a bargain.

The port area at Puerto Costa Maya is private. Only the tours booked via the cruise line are permitted to pick up in the port area. So, we had to walk to the tour office [or take a taxi] 4 blocks away. They said it would take us 10 minutes, but it took us a good 20+ minutes to get there from the ship. The dock is very long and they run a tram to take you to the port terminal. We missed it and had to walk on the way out. On the way back to the ship we caught it and it was great.

The Chacchoben ruins were very interesting. It was not as large a complex as we had seen in Altun Ha in Belize. We saw 4 pyramid temples and several smaller structures and ruins of noble homes. Like most of the Mayan sites the Chacchoben ruins were only recently rediscovered. Excavation began in 1994 and it has only been open to the public since 2002.

Our guide, Hugo, was excellent. I worried that we might have problems with the tour since The Native Choice had been hard to communicate with for our group booking.

However, all went well. Hugo was very knowledgeable regarding the site and the plants growing in the area. He was joined by another excellent guide at the ruins in order to provide a smaller group experience. Our bus had a large cooler of water that was much appreciated. I highly recommend this company.

1  Thank Agnes D
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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

We booked this trip for our day in Costa Maya and we were not disappointed. Joel was our guide and Miguel was our driver. You could tell that Joel was very proud and knowledgeable of his culture, making the trip more informative. The second half of the trip was my favorite, since we visited a local Mayan family and had lunch with them. Dinner onboard ship later that night, we recommended this trip to others and we will be recommending this trip to all we know and look forward to visiting again.

1  Thank emilymP382SN
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