Our tour was just GREAT!! Ron and the driver Emelin where superb! We booked the morning before while at sea with little internet access. Everything was smooth from booking to the tour. Ron was very knowledgeable and passionate about sharing everything about costa maya! When they took us to the private Eco Resort he was very clear about the road conditions and what was at the end! Oh man the Bacalar lagoon was more than we expected. The eco resort had great service food and the guys ensured we where catered every second like royalty. It was very memorable and above all safe!
Heads up: look very close for the important points on the map to get to the meet up office because the little mall/resort is very confusing to get through
Edder was a tremendous tour guide. He was interesting, likable, and not a bit pushy. I would go with him again. Loved every part of this tour. Food was great, Lagoon was the best part of the 7 day cruise. Had a massage at the Lagoon---very nice.
Great food and margaritas! Ron and Chacho were awesome! Keep up the good work.
We were overly pleased with the decision to go through Native Choice for this excursion. Price was wonderful compared to ship prices, Hugo and Edgar were incredibly informative and helpful guides who knew everything about anything we asked. Watching other groups look lost and uninformed seemed like their trip was almost a waste without the background info to go along with the tour. The walk to the office wasn't bad and directions were easy to use.
From start to finish trip could not have been organized better. Excellent check in and reception.
Drivers and guide and and have great local knowledge. Vehicles are first class. Don't fall for your ships propaganda about using only ship tours. Native Choice is a much better experience. Mayan meal will never be forgotten for its taste and hospitality of the family. Thanks again Native Choice can't wait for our next tour.
My DH & I caught a taxi(USD$8) the 500m from the port to the Native Choice office. Our tour was scheduled to depart at 10am but as we were the only two on the tour we were off by 9.40. During the two hour drive to the ruins our guide Fabiola talked about the history of the Mayans and the various Mayan sites. After a quick toilet break we made our way into the site and Fabiola described the function of the various ruins. MY DH isn't a keen walker but managed at the pace that was set. I climbed the stairs on three of the ruins for better views and he was happy to remain at ground level. Our driver Heriberto found a group of Howler monkeys as we were finishing our tour of the site. A packed lunch was provided and enough cold water to help cope with the very hot day.
We wanted to take a shore excursion when we came to Costa Maya on the Carnival Vista, but didn't want to book through Carnival. After extensive research online, especially here on TripAdvisor, we went with Native Choice Tours for the Chacchoben Ruins Tour. From their website to the booking process to the tour itself, everything was fantastic! All the positive reviews we'd read were spot on. Both our tour guide, Zotz, and our driver were very personable and knowledgeable. The hour drive to Chacchoben went by quickly as our tour guide, who was Mayan, shared so much information with us. We got to see his Mayan birth certificate, learned about the plants and animals and houses and clothes and customs of the Mayan people, and even learned to count in Mayan. They brought a cooler filled with complimentary bottles of water, which was great on a hot day. Along the way, they stopped so we could see pineapple fields and even a very colorful local cemetery. The tour of the ruins was astounding, and the sheer amount of info we learned about the Mayan culture was well worth the trip. In addition, we were able to watch a group of spider monkeys in the trees above us. This was a delightful bonus, and we were never rushed so we had the opportunity to observe them as they jumped from tree to tree. Amazing! I really cannot say enough good things about this tour company, and if you're lucky enough to get Zotz as your guide you are in for a real treat. Thank you, Native Choice Tours!
**I know there are those people, who, like I did, worry about booking with a different tour company than the one the ship uses (because the cruise ship won't wait on you to return if something happens). But for reputable companies like Native Choice, who depend on cruise ship passengers, their goal is to make sure you arrive back at your ship with plenty of time to spare. The tour also doesn't start until one hour after your ship arrives in port, so you have plenty of time to make it off the ship and to their office.
From the moment we were greeted by our Amazing #1 tour guide, Sir Elliot, we knew we were in good hands. He was very knowledgeable about the area and gave us a lovely history lesson about Mexico and the proper names of towns. He was joyful, pleasant and very kind. We were very lucky to have him as well as Davide our Ruins expert! I forgot our drivers name but he was an excellent driver and we thank you all again for a vacation we won't ever forget. We learned about the history of the rituals and all about the significance of the ruins. We were also lucky enough to see some monkeys in the rain forest! Then we were taken to an OASIS FANTASY getaway in a very remote and PRIVATE shoreline. Fed a delicious meal with drinks that kept flowing, and the chance to swim in the gorgeous waters. Choose this excursion for the best $ spent with the best tour guides in the city! You will NOT regret the small walk to the meeting spot, WELL worth the adventure! Highly recommend. Make sure you ask for Elliot & Davide!! ;-)