View Full Version : Chaccohoben, Kohunlich, or Tulum tour

03-17-2006, 10:27 AM
Chaccohoben Mayan Ruins, kohunlich on costa maya, or Tulum on cozumel? Which one would be better for my 21 year old ds to take. He loves history, but we are traveling in August, so want to be sure we enjoy the tour. Thanks.

03-17-2006, 10:37 AM
We did the Chacchoben tour on 2/25/06 cruise - best excursion of our trip - took about 4 1/2 hours, so still time to do other things during the day (we docked at about 10 am, tour went from noon to about 4:30, ship left port at 5). Our guide was superb (Esbile was his name). The ruins are newly discovered, and only partially excavated (but there is a lot to see), so you really feel like you are going back 2000 years in time touring them.

Much of the ruins area is covered with trees so it is shady most of the tour - this could be a big factor in August when I suspect it will be quite warm there.

We were scheduled to do a ruins tour in Cozumel, but the ship did not go there due to the hurricane. It sounded like there were other things to do at the Cozumel tour (beach, etc.), though it was longer (7 to 8 hours). There is no beach or other attraction at Chacchoben, but there is a nice beach right at the dock in Costa Maya.

03-17-2006, 10:57 AM
Thanks for your response! Did you book the tour through Disney or someone else?

03-17-2006, 11:20 AM

03-17-2006, 11:29 AM
BTW - there is a great web site for the ruins - "Chacchobebruins.com" - has a great story about how the ruins were discovered and a number of very good pictures (which are very acurate).

03-17-2006, 02:29 PM
Tulum isn't on Cozumel - its on the mainland about an hour south of Playa del Carmen - which is a ferry ride across the ocean. We've done Tulum while staying in Akumal - and they are beautiful ruins. However, from what I understand, getting there from the ship is an adventure - the ferry ride sometimes gives people seasickness, then its an hour ride South to the ruins, another hour ride back, and back across again on the ferry.