We had an amazing day, and many wonderful memories made! Finding the meeting place was confusing, but everyone at the port is extremely helpful! Our guides, Erick/Miguel, were wonderful!! Erick is FULL of information--cultural/ historical--would LOVE to see him on Jeopardy!!! Miguel made sure that we arrived everywhere safely--he was our chauffeur. He made sure we had bug spray, umbrellas, water and he helped to keep an eye on us for Erick. They both made sure we were safe and that we got enough food, drinks, information, and lagoon time! This tour was the perfect amount of ruin time/lagoon relaxation! The resort at the lagoon has a super relaxing atmosphere, and was a great way for our family to unwind (drink and taco in hand)!!! The last stop for fresh pineapple was the perfect exclamation point on the day!! I would recommend this excursion for everyone!!
Juan our guide was very informative and interactive with my family and group. I learned many things not taught about the culture in school. Would do again and will recommend to all my friends
El lugar de recogida esta perfectamente indicado, sales del puerto y aunque hay taxis y gente de otros tours son muy amables y te indican donde esta el punto de recogida, Te registras en su oficina y subes a un bus y te llevan a las ruinas, muy bien conservadas, y con los guias muy bien formados y te lo cuentan todo. Luego te llevan a la laguna, el camino esta lleno de baches, pero vale la pena, la laguna espectacular, y la comida tacos de la zona autenticos, podias repetir cuantas veces quieras, bebida incluida, realmente te quedarias en la laguna unos dias mas, a la vuelta parada a comprar piña recien cortada en la misma carretera, no volveras a probar en españa piñas asi, Llegada a la oficina a tiempo para coger el barco sin agobios. En general muy recomendable, comentada con otros compañeros del crucero que hicieron Tour con el Barco, Alucinaban tanto en precio como en contenido del Tour. Reserven sin ningun problema
If you like a personalized tour with an informative guide, Native Choice is the way to go. The drive was worth it. My wife and I had a wonderful experience on our tour. Diego Mex was our guide. He spent the first hour interacting with us, explaining the history of the Dzibanche Ruins in a very impressive way. At the site, we were envied by the large bus group there that got out only to take pictures and climb the ruins but had no substance to their tour. Some of them even started listening to Diego and asking him questions. We also arrived before them and left 30 min after. We experienced and learned so much we couldn't have ask for more. The bagged lunch was nicely prepared and we had plenty of water. Just be prepared for the long walk from the pier to their office. Costa Maya's pier is very long but there is a tram you can catch. Once at the port, their office was about a 10 minute walk. The provided directions were spot on. Thanks DIego (and driver) for a memorable tour!
The Native Choice is a very well run company. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Our guide, Juan, had a Phd in archaeology and is a native Mayan. He was extremely knowledgeable on the culture and ruins. We enjoyed the tour very much. You must follow the map provided to find the location. There were a few people along the route to guide you to the location that is a short walk once you get out of the port shopping area.
The Dzibanche Ruins were amazing to experience. The two hour drive from Costa Maya was worth the education and opportunity to walk on the temple ruins. Tour guide, Diego, and his driver made the trip fun and interesting. Diego was knowledgable, enthusiastic and courteous. Thank you for a great day!
Our tour guides were very informative, sharing information about the region, the culture as well as the ruins. They were a wealth of knowledge and were able to answer all questions with excellent detail. The group size was small and all the guides were very personable. They were very accommodating and even waited for us when we arrived late. I would highly recommend this tour company
ONLINE TOUR BOOKIN: Booking Chacchoben Extreme Tour with Native Choice was very easy. I booked months ahead of my tour, I was required to make a minimum deposit and the balance paid in cash on arrival at the Tour Office in Mahahual – Costa Maya. This was executed seamlessly, not a single hitch or glitch.
ARRIVAL AT TOUR OFFICE: The Native Choice Tour office is located outside the Cruise Port Terminal, we had to walk about 20minutes outside the Cruise Port Terminal to get to the Native Choice Tour office. Its quite a walk – Private Tours are not allowed to be located within the Cruise Port Terminal. The best way to locate the office is to ask the many Traders/Store owners at the Cruise Port Terminal.
MAYAN HISTORY, TEMPLES & RUINS: Once at the Native Choice Tour office, we were well received and ushered into a fully airconditioned 20-Seater van; Edder Gonzalez was our Tour guide while Juan was the driver. In our tour party and in the van, we had people from Romania, Australia, Canada, Belgium, New Zealand and the U.S; - Edder Gonzalez catered to each one with an exceptional level of dedication and accommodation; he was highly knowledgeable, professional, conversational, engaging and accommodating. He provided an informative narration of the Mayan history all through the 55minutes drive to the Mayan Temples and ruins and throughout our time at Chacchoben.
BACALAR LAGOON RESORT: After an expounding tour of Chacchoben, we drove on a bumpy – unpaved road to a beautiful, exquisite and serene Bacalar Lagoon Resort. We had lunch; Beef & Chicken Tacos, beer, sodas, tequila, margaritas, Pina Coladas. We proceeded to do some swimming, kayaking at the Seven Color Lagoon at the Bacalar Lagoon Resort. We had a great time here, Edder and Juan were very helpful with drinks and all we needed for a great time.
PINEAPPLE VILLAGE: On our way back to the Cruise Port, Edder Gonzalez, advised that we have a taste of the local sweet Pineapple and Mango, we did, they were both delicious and juicy. Everyone in the bus bought a whole Pineapple [$1 each], peeled, cut and cleanly and neatly packed into a to go plastic, same for the mango.
Thank you Edder Gonzalez and Juan for an interesting, funny, engaging, safe, and informative tour. Native Choice Tour company did a great job, the management should be proud of Edder and Juan.