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“Mayan 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 21 March 2017

Great trip to the Mayan ruins. Our tour group was small and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Would highly recommend this company!

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank shammrock02
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

This is the best shore excursion I've ever been on! It was booked through my travel agent - not the cruise lines. It's a short walk to the tour buses, but totally safe. The tour guides and driver were fabulous and you really get a feel for what the Mayan culture was, and still is, like. The ruins are relatively newly excavated and not as touristy as Tulum or Chichen Itza, but beautiful and fascinating. The best part was the lunch with a Mayan woman and her two daughters in their home. They grow their own food, right down to the spices and herbs and even the black beans and banana trees. We got to smell allspice, cinnamon and other spice leaves plucked right off the tree. The food was fantastic - traditional chicken cooked in banana leaves, homemade hibiscus tea, steamed mixed vegetables right from the garden, traditional Mayan salsa made with pumpkin seeds and put on a tortilla that we learned to make ourselves, and much more. They also have a few pieces of traditional Mayan textiles that they made which are exceptionally lovely. What a day!

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank Mary R
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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.

Date of experience: March 2017
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!

Date of experience: March 2017
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.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank svisser
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