Open up to the opportunity to experience a different world first hand, have fun as you learn how to make your own tortilla, enjoy the exotic flavors of the Yucatan with an authentic lunch cooked with local spices and ingredients specially for your visit and make new friends.
The Mayan Experience adventure starts as you immerse into the world of the ancient Maya at the peaceful ceremonial center of Chacchoben Ruins with a guided tour.
After the ruins the adventure continues on to Chacchoben village where the ladies from a local family will welcome you into their colorful world where, as a special guest, you'll witness how the traditions and way of life that survived from the glorious days of the Maya civilization and the Spanish conquest blend with the modern world resulting in a colorful expression of today's Maya culture.
Inclusions: Round transportation in air conditioned vehicles, travel insurance, English speaking guide, entrance fees, guided tour at Chacchoben ruins and bottled water. It also includes a visit to Chacchoben village for an interaction with a local family and for Costa Maya's most authentic lunch cooked with passion using fresh ingredients and local spices specially for your visit.
Duration: 5.5 hours.
Departure Times (cruise ship guests): Daily, one hour after ship's arrival time.
Departure Location: The Native Choice Office, four blocks from the Costa Maya Port. Email confirmation will include easy to follow directions and a map.
Deposits: A deposit of $15.00USD per person is required at booking to confirm spaces for this tour. Deposits are fully refundable if for any reason cruise ship doesn't call port at all in Costa Maya.
Cancellation Policy: 48 hours before the tour.
Restrictions: This tour is better appreciated by children ages 6 years old and older.
I have never had such a pleasurable time on vacation before. Our guide Joel was so informative. I learned things I had missed at other ruins on our trip. Our hosts for lunch were attentive and gracious.
The meal was pure delight and authentic to the experience. Everything we hoped for and more.
Thank you so much for what you added to our vacation. Highly recommended.
Rob and Renee from Madison Maine - Mayan Experience Tour - Carnival Glory - 06/19/2014
We went off the beaten path here. Booking with Native Choice was the right choice for us. The guided tour of the Chacchoben ruins and an opportunity to explore the local culture at the Mayan community villages inland was better than we could have expected.
The lunch and quick lesson in cooking local cuisine was fun and our hosts were so kind. The kitchen was old traditional woodstove and gave great flavor to the food. The level of cleanliness and care was impeccable.
Lauren C from Maine - Mayan Experience Tour - Carnival Liberty - 06/05/2014
This tour proved to be a very special day for me, my wife and three daughters. Our guides Ivan and Joel have a thorough knowledge of the Mayan history and first hand understanding of their culture. After a very interesting tour of the ruins we shared a wonderful meal prepared by three charming Mayan ladies. They even taught us how to make tortillas. The meal was great but my family and I will always remember the warm hospitality of these ladies as we shared time in their home.
A very special experience that I would highly recommend for those visiting Costa Maya.
Mike from South Caroina - Mayan Experience Tour - HAL Ziuderdam - 01/01/2014
Our tour was outstanding. Joel, our guide presented the Mayan lifestyle in a very interesting and informative way. The Mayan home that we visited gave a real life feeling of the Mayan way of life. The meal provided at the home was excellent. Visiting Chacchoben ruins in the afternoon after the crowds provided a pleasant and unhurried walk through the ruins.
Overall, it was a worthwhile tour with extremely courteous guide, Joel, and driver, Raul.
Lu Tolentinofrom Southern California - Mayan Experience Tour - NCL Star - 04/17/2013