Dzibanche Ruins Tour

Costa Maya's best kept secret!

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Adults Ages 13+


Children Ages 6-12


Infants Ages 5-


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Dzibanche Ruins Tour

Join us in an adventure to the heart of Dzibanche, by far the most spectacular Maya ruins site accessible from Costa Maya, and admire one of the greatest examples of Maya architecture and urban organization.

Dzibanche is away from the crowds which guarantees a peaceful and quiet atmosphere, just perfect to explore and an enjoy the relaxing sounds of the jungle. Dzibanche is the only site where visitors are still allowed to climb to the top of the temples, it's Costa Maya's best kept secret and a must for any Maya ruins enthusiast.

Recent excavations at Dzibanche have revealed tombs with rich jade offerings for members of the ruling family and inscriptions that suggest it could have been home of the most powerful Maya dynasty.

During this guided tour you'll learn about daily life, political and military organization of the Maya, we'll complete the experience climbing the acropolis of Kinichna, raising above the treetops for spectacular views of the jungle.

Dzibanche Ruins Tour summary

Rate definitions
Adult: $80.00 Ages 13 years old or older
Child: $70.00 Ages 6 to 12 years old
Infant: Free! Ages 5 years old or under
Rates are in US Dollars.
We accept up to two infants free of charge per family, child rate will apply beyond that.

What's included

  • Round transportation
  • English speaking guide *Disponible en EspaƱol
  • Tickets to the ruins site
  • Guided tour
  • Bottled water
  • Box lunch (turkey sandwich, fruit, juice or soda, bag of chips or granola bar)

Not included

  • Copyright fee for video recording at the ruins site
  • Gratuities for guides/drivers

Tour Duration
6.5 hours

Departure times
Daily departures except on Christmas and New Year's day.
Earliest departure for cruise ship guests is one hour after the ship docks.

Tour departure point
This tour departs from The Native Choice Kiosk, a few steps outside the port. Tour confirmations include easy to follow directions, contact numbers and a map.

Be aware

In Costa Maya the port is privately owned and controlled by the cruise lines. Local companies aren't allowed to pick up guests nor have representatives there.

Services and excursions at the port are sponsored by the cruise lines, anyone planning to use any local service must expect to leave the port to find their service provider.

Payment information
A deposit of $15.00USD per person is required to confirm spaces for this tour, balance payment will be required at check-in.
Deposits are fully refundable if for any reason your cruise ship doesn't call port at all in Costa Maya.
Online payment of the reservation total or remaining balance is possible within 21 days (3 weeks) before the tour.

Booking fee
We don't charge booking fees nor any other extra fees.

Cancellation policy
48 hours before the tour to avoid a $15.00USD per person fee.

Level of exertion
This is a walking tour that requires a good level of fitness and health. Participants must be comfortable with outdoors, be able to walk on uneven grounds under the jungle and expect moderate physical activity.
Climbing to the top of the temples is optional, it could be challenging and is not recommended for anyone with fear of heights.

This tour operates rain or shine.

We require that your cruise ship stays in port for at least 9 hours to participate in this tour.
This tour isn't suitable for people with difficulties to walk and isn't wheelchair accessible.
This tour isn't recommended for children ages 5 y/o or younger due to the travel time involved, however, small children can participate if it's reserved privately.
There's a $5.00USD copyright fee (not included in the tour price) for the use of video cameras at Dzibanche, this fee is paid directly at the site.
Tripods and drones aren't allowed into the site.

Wear comfortable walking shoes.
Bring a hat and sun screen if you visit during the summer.
Bring extra cash just in case you want to buy a snack.

Dzibanche Ruins Tour timetable

This tour is completed in 6.5 hours

2 hrs 10 min

Travel time from Costa Maya to Dzibanche.

10 min

Break to use facilities

1 hr 50 min

Guided tour of the ruins.

10 min

Stop at rest area

2 hrs 10 min

Travel time from Dzibanche to Costa Maya.

Dzibanche Ruins Tour additional info

The ride from Costa Maya to Dzibanche Ruins takes around 2 hour and 10 minutes, most of the way the road is fairly new and in perfect conditions, however, the last 30KM the road becomes narrow and during the rainy season it could get a little bumpy. Travel time can be shorter depending on the road conditions to access the site.

Total walking distance to see all sections available for visitors in Dzibanche is around 1.5 miles.

This tour is suitable for anyone who enjoys adventure and children are always welcome to join as long as parents are aware of the travel time involved in this tour. At the site participants of all ages enjoy the experience of walking and climbing the temples at Dzibanche, where it's sometimes possible to observe (or hear) howler monkeys.

Dzibanche is the only Maya ruins site accessible from Costa Maya where visitors are still allowed to climb to the top of the temples.

There are bathrooms at the entrance. This tour will stop at the service area for a few minutes for our guests to use facilities and from there everyone will get back on the vehicle for a short ride to the ruins. There's a considerable walking distance from the service area to where the bathrooms are (same place where they sell the entrance tickets).

This is a long tour so we include a box lunch and we also make a quick stop at Bacalar town on the way to and from the ruins for our guests to take a break, use bathrooms and, optionally, grab a quick snack

Please don't hesitate to contact us in case you need any further details or if you need any kind of assistance. It will be our pleasure to help you!

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