Costa Maya Dzibanche Ruins Excursion Reviews

Visit the ancient Dzibanche Mayan Ruins to explore daily life and rituals in its ancient ceremonial center. You can even climb to the top of its impressive temples.
Kohunlich and Dzibanche Mayan ruins is an excursion from Costa Maya.
Sail Date: March 2019
Kohunlich and Dzibanche Mayan ruins is an excursion from Costa Maya. This is a combined excursion in which you see both sites, not just the Kohunlich site. Our family (including the kids) loved this excursion. The bus ride to the pyramids ... Read More
Kohunlich and Dzibanche Mayan ruins is an excursion from Costa Maya. This is a combined excursion in which you see both sites, not just the Kohunlich site. Our family (including the kids) loved this excursion. The bus ride to the pyramids is about 2 hours, but in the process you get to see a lot of the region including many non-touristy Mexican villages. The guide also provides you with a lot on information about the region and Mayan history and culture. The best part about this trip was that there were so many ruins to explore and so few people at the sites. In most cases, our group of about 20 people were the only people at the sites. I think this is because we did not go on the shorter (Kohunlich only) excursion and the sites were far from the cruise port. We also liked the fact that you can climb the ruins and take awesome pictures. The two sites (which are about a 15 min drive part) are awesome. The tour gives you snacks, a sandwich, and plenty of bottled water which is also nice. Overall, this day long excursion is outstanding and is much better than staying in Costa Maya which seems to be a tourist trap. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This tour was fantastic.
Sail Date: March 2019
This tour was fantastic. Our guide Elizabeth did a fantastic job. She was knowledgeable and made the two hour drives go by very smoothly. The food wasn't great but what do you expect from brown bag lunches. The ruins were amazing and ... Read More
This tour was fantastic. Our guide Elizabeth did a fantastic job. She was knowledgeable and made the two hour drives go by very smoothly. The food wasn't great but what do you expect from brown bag lunches. The ruins were amazing and I loved that we were able to climb them. I also enjoyed that the locations were so remote, because I would not have ever traveled here otherwise. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Still developing this site one can access all ruins and walk inside all but 1.
Sail Date: February 2019
Still developing this site one can access all ruins and walk inside all but 1. The tour guides are local Mayan peoples and extremely well versed in the history. Most on our tour had initials itched into one of the traditional Mayan ... Read More
Still developing this site one can access all ruins and walk inside all but 1. The tour guides are local Mayan peoples and extremely well versed in the history. Most on our tour had initials itched into one of the traditional Mayan symbols to bring home, the guide called them in on the 2 hour drive to ruin and we picked them up just before returning to the ship. A very special treat. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Our excursion was a combo of Dzibanche and Kohunlich.
Sail Date: October 2018
Our excursion was a combo of Dzibanche and Kohunlich. Diego our guide was fantastic! I chose this excursion as everything I read said it was not commercial or crowded and you could climb these ruins. It was all accurate. We enjoyed it ... Read More
Our excursion was a combo of Dzibanche and Kohunlich. Diego our guide was fantastic! I chose this excursion as everything I read said it was not commercial or crowded and you could climb these ruins. It was all accurate. We enjoyed it tremendously. The bus ride there is 2 hours, as is the return, but Diego gave us all kinds of info on the way. I was even able to order a Mayan calender of my birthday that was made while we were touring for $27 from a local craftsman. I love it! It’s personalized and not something you can buy anywhere else. If you are looking to see ruins in their natural setting without a ton of people this is your tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Both the Kohunlich and Dzibanche ruins were well-preserved and our guide Cruz was friendly and ...
Sail Date: August 2018
Both the Kohunlich and Dzibanche ruins were well-preserved and our guide Cruz was friendly and informative. Must bring insect repellent as the ruins are in the jungle. Each way was 2.5 hour long but there was a toilet on the coach.
Both the Kohunlich and Dzibanche ruins were well-preserved and our guide Cruz was friendly and informative. Must bring insect repellent as the ruins are in the jungle. Each way was 2.5 hour long but there was a toilet on the coach. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Good service, easy to find the meeting place, would use them again.
Sail Date: January 2018
Good service, easy to find the meeting place, would use them again.
Good service, easy to find the meeting place, would use them again. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The Chaccoben excursion was cancelled and Kohunluch and Dzibanche were substituted.
Sail Date: January 2018
The Chaccoben excursion was cancelled and Kohunluch and Dzibanche were substituted. They were great. Great tour guides - Cruz and his partner, bus driver Carlos. The bus ride is a long way but they kept us entertained with Mayan ... Read More
The Chaccoben excursion was cancelled and Kohunluch and Dzibanche were substituted. They were great. Great tour guides - Cruz and his partner, bus driver Carlos. The bus ride is a long way but they kept us entertained with Mayan history. The ruins were well worth seeing. As others have stated on Trip Advisor, the lunch is odd ... some peanuts, a small chocolate bar, a banana and a PACKET OF MAYONNAISE!!!! A small bottle of water. Hilarious. About six hours later, we got a bologna sandwich ... Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We actually took a double Mayan Ruin tour to Dzibanche and Kohunlich Mayan Ruins.
Sail Date: January 2018
We actually took a double Mayan Ruin tour to Dzibanche and Kohunlich Mayan Ruins. The bus was extremely comfortable to ride for the 2 hours. The guides very informative. We were given a sandwich sack lunch that included a sandwich, banana, ... Read More
We actually took a double Mayan Ruin tour to Dzibanche and Kohunlich Mayan Ruins. The bus was extremely comfortable to ride for the 2 hours. The guides very informative. We were given a sandwich sack lunch that included a sandwich, banana, candy bar (small), and water. The meal itself was very lacking as there was a sliver of meat and a sliver of cheese on the sandwich. I would highly recommend that you take a protein bar to supplement. No dietary needs are honored or transferred from ship to excursion. We chose this excursion thinking both ruins would be too small for my kids to envision what the civilization was like. If I did it again, I would choose a 6 hour excursion that had just one location verses the 8 hr one we chose going to both locations. Either location are phenomenal and can easily stand on their own to represent the Mayan civilization. By taking a 6 hour tour, it would provide maybe some time to shop provided the tour leaves and returns on time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Incredibly informative tour with Hugo and driver Emerlin.
Sail Date: December 2017
Incredibly informative tour with Hugo and driver Emerlin. They were a great team and we had the Dzibanche ruins all to ourselves (group of 6). Hugo's tour was one of the most informative I've ever had. Only downside was that ... Read More
Incredibly informative tour with Hugo and driver Emerlin. They were a great team and we had the Dzibanche ruins all to ourselves (group of 6). Hugo's tour was one of the most informative I've ever had. Only downside was that we couldn't get to Kinichna due to ship pulling in the gangway before guests could get off and thus having a 30 minute delay in our departure time. One minute warning of gangway closure is completely unacceptable! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
These guys did a great job.
Sail Date: October 2017
These guys did a great job. Our guide Edder was knowledgeable and our driver plus a third man to do security made us feel quite safe. The Mayan city was impressive, practically deserted, maybe a dozen people there. We climbed temples, took ... Read More
These guys did a great job. Our guide Edder was knowledgeable and our driver plus a third man to do security made us feel quite safe. The Mayan city was impressive, practically deserted, maybe a dozen people there. We climbed temples, took tons of photos and learned a few things. Well worth the 2 hr drive with a good, engaging guide. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We actually visited Dzibanche and Kohunlich ruins.
Sail Date: September 2017
We actually visited Dzibanche and Kohunlich ruins. Was a gorgeous day - we were the ONLY group at either ruin. Guide was very knowledgable. Enjoyed climbing the ruins.
We actually visited Dzibanche and Kohunlich ruins. Was a gorgeous day - we were the ONLY group at either ruin. Guide was very knowledgable. Enjoyed climbing the ruins. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The ruins at Dzibanche were fascinating - we were allowed to climb onto some of the pyramids, wich ...
Sail Date: January 2017
The ruins at Dzibanche were fascinating - we were allowed to climb onto some of the pyramids, wich was not the case at Tulum. It was very quiet and almost deserted, wich was completely different than at Tulum, which was super-crowded and ... Read More
The ruins at Dzibanche were fascinating - we were allowed to climb onto some of the pyramids, wich was not the case at Tulum. It was very quiet and almost deserted, wich was completely different than at Tulum, which was super-crowded and where you could not enter the structures. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Crystal Cruises
We did the Dzibanche and another ruin site 1/2 hour from the first.
Sail Date: December 2016
We did the Dzibanche and another ruin site 1/2 hour from the first. they still allow you to walk on most of the temples. That makes all the difference. It was a long day but enjoyable. The tour guide was a wealth of information. If you ... Read More
We did the Dzibanche and another ruin site 1/2 hour from the first. they still allow you to walk on most of the temples. That makes all the difference. It was a long day but enjoyable. The tour guide was a wealth of information. If you want to see something other then the beach, go for it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Dzibanche was AMAZING.
Sail Date: February 2016
Dzibanche was AMAZING.
Dzibanche was AMAZING. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We took the Kohunlich & Dzibanche tour with Thomson.
Sail Date: March 2015
We took the Kohunlich & Dzibanche tour with Thomson. A long drive to the ruins. Lunch included. Interesting day out. It was very hot when we visited take plenty of water, also suncream.
We took the Kohunlich & Dzibanche tour with Thomson. A long drive to the ruins. Lunch included. Interesting day out. It was very hot when we visited take plenty of water, also suncream. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises)
http://www.thenativechoice.com/dzibanche_ruins.phpA Real Treat!If you paid attention to the email ...
Sail Date: March 2014
http://www.thenativechoice.com/dzibanche_ruins.phpA Real Treat!If you paid attention to the email that got sent back to you after you sign up for this excursion you will notice that includes a map of directions on how to get to the offices ... Read More
http://www.thenativechoice.com/dzibanche_ruins.phpA Real Treat!If you paid attention to the email that got sent back to you after you sign up for this excursion you will notice that includes a map of directions on how to get to the offices to start your tour. If you didn't print that or you didn't study the map then like me, locating the office will prove to be slightly challenging as you have to exit the entire "port city" and travel a few city blocks down to the Native Choice Office. When you're leaving the ship it seems like quite a distance, partially because of the unknown and partially because there's nothing out there as most of the outlying areas were destroyed by the hurricanes we were told. Thankfully the center median of the road contains trees which allow for shade as you make the trek. It's fairly easy to figure out where you need to be as you come up on it as there are several vans lined up along the road. It appeared that they do about a half a dozen excursions from this location.Arriving at the offices, we checked it in at the counter and used the restroom. We sat on the bench and waited for other people that were in our tour to arrive each tour is marked by a specific color armband. For our tour we had lime green. While waiting they offered us cold bottled water to drink. There were six other people besides us on this tour. That's it literally eight of us! It became a private tour instantly. Apparently to one of the other ruin locations there were sixty busloads of people. In addition, when we arrived at the ruin site there was only one other individual there besides us! Not only was this great from a tour perspective, meaning it was easy to be able to hear our guide speaking even while we strolled slightly away to take pictures, but the pictures we got were Amazing! It's truly cool to be able to go to a site like this and take pictures of the architectural buildings and have no human present in the shot. One thing in particular makes this site stand out amongst other sites I've been to and that is that you can actually see preserved carvings in the original stucco. It will blow you away. Also, because we were a small group, we actually got to visit a couple of smaller sites located nearby as well. Frine and our driver Edgar were very accommodating. We stopped to and from the site at a gas station and we could use the restroom and buy a snack if we wished. Frine, being a local, was very informative outside of the general scope of the ruins providing us with a cultural insight that was interesting as well. Our tour was capped off by a deviant stop at a local "beverage Mart" that was basically a small block building with bars on the front that served ice cold beer. It was a welcomed treat. It was very nice to be dropped off right at the port gate when we returned to the cruise port. We even had a few minutes to shop for souvenirs before we had to board.Overall because of the small parties involved this is truly an amazing tour. It's personal it's real and it's informative. Everything one would hope for on an excursion of this type. I would recommend checking it out the next time you dock at Costa Maya. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Dzibanche ruins are a drive out, but worth the trip.
Sail Date: January 2012
Dzibanche ruins are a drive out, but worth the trip. We went with Native Choice. Check out my review on Trip advisor here: ... Read More
Dzibanche ruins are a drive out, but worth the trip. We went with Native Choice. Check out my review on Trip advisor here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g670630-d1557383-r123108306-The_Native_Choice_Tours-Costa_Maya_Yucatan_Peninsula.html Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises