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About Costa Maya

This newly created Mexican cruise port opened in 2000 and is close to the border with Belize. Through the Mayan temple-style entrance into the visitor centre, you will find shops and a small open-air theatre where folkloric shows are staged. There are also classes in local crafts and skills such as guacamole-making.

Best of all, there is a swimming pool, bungee trampolines and small beach area with a water-polo pool, hammocks, showers and massage rooms. The area around Costa Maya offers a fascinating mixture of jungle, wetland, coastal dunes, and coral reefs with the bonus of a variety of Mayan sites. The closest is Chacchoben, a lost Mayan city that has only been partially uncovered from the jungle and whose most important discovery to date is a fascinating single pyramid.

 

Shore excursions in Costa Maya

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Bike Ride and Kayak

Activity high

Duration: 3 hours

Experience the beautiful scenery and local charm as you cycle through Mexican villages and kayak the coastal waters.

Board your bike directly at the pier and after receiving a short safety briefing, it’s time to ‘hop on your bike’ and follow your guide, as they lead you and your fellow cyclists on a scenic bike ride.

As you ride south along the road, you’ll have wonderful views of the coastline en route to the small village of Mahahual. See how this relatively sleepy town has adapted to the modern world, whilst retaining some of its original rustic charm.

After your leisurely ride, you’ll reach a local beach, where your clear-bottom, 2-man kayaks will be waiting. Head out to sea and paddle along a nearby reef, where through the bottom of your kayak you’ll be able to see an abundance of marine life that resides in these waters. As you paddle back to the beach, take in the views of palm-lined beaches against the bright azure blue of the sea.

After your kayaking adventure, it’s time to get back on your bike for the return ride to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bike, kayak and on foot. Pregnant women and children may not participate. This tour carries a weight restriction of 17 stone, and is only suitable for those in good physical condition. All participants must be competent bike riders and swimmers. Helmets and life vests are provided and must be worn. Flat, closed toe shoes are essential. Please remember to wear swimwear and bring towels and sunscreen. Bags will be transported in the support vehicle. Total cycling time is approximately 1¼ hours. The distance covered is around 8 miles over varying terrain. Total kayak time is around 45 minutes. Water shoes are advised; however you may be requested to remove shoes whilst in the kayak. A bottle of water will be provided during your tour.

Catamaran Cruise and Snorkel

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Take to the crystal clear Caribbean waters by catamaran, for a spot of snorkelling.

After a brief transfer by open-air trolley bus to Fisherman’s Pier you’ll board your catamaran for a scenic cruise along the coast to a secluded snorkel site. Sit back, relax and soak up the scenery as the crew provide you with a safety briefing ahead of your snorkel adventure.

Upon arrival, it’s time to don your snorkel vest and equipment and take to the water to explore the underwater world. Look out for Jacks, Snappers, colourful Angel Fish or Queen Triggerfish to name a few, and you may also be lucky enough to spot a turtle or two!

Afterwards, as you enjoy the sail back to the pier, indulge in a beer or soft drink.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by open-air bus, catamaran and on foot. Pregnant women and children under 8 may not participate. Snorkel equipment is included. Snorkel vests are provided and must be worn. Participants must be competent swimmers. Please wear swimwear and biodegradable sunscreen and bring a towel. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities.

Chacchoben Mayan Ruins

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Explore the ruins of the lost Mayan city of Chacchoben, hidden deep in a secluded rainforest setting near the border of Belize.

Your tour begins with a scenic drive to the Chacchoben Ruins, during which your guide will provide you with interesting information about the area.

The site of Chacchoben covers approximately 10 acres and is surrounded by lush vegetation. The excavated portion, although small, boasts 1 main pyramid and several other small buildings which you can explore.

During a guided walking tour of the site, your guide will point out the detailed Mayan temples and lead you through the surrounding manicured gardens. You’ll be able to compare the recently excavated ruins and the un-excavated ones, which lie sleeping beneath the sacred ground of this Mayan site.

Take the opportunity to browse the on-site gift shop, before the return journey to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and on foot and involves approximately 1¾ hours’ walking over uneven surfaces. A separate section of the ruins requires a climb up and down approximately 20 steep steps, however this is optional. Flat, comfortable non-slip walking shoes are essential. Sun protection and insect repellent are advisable. Passengers are requested to use the toilets before boarding the bus as there will be no stops during the hour long drive each way. There is $5 - $8 charge for the use of video cameras at the ruins. A bottle of water will be provided during the tour.

Chacchoben Mayan Ruins and Blue Lagoon

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 6 hours

Combine a visit to the lost Mayan city of Chacchoben, with some free time at a blue lagoon complete with Mexican Snacks.

Embark on a scenic drive to the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins. Meaning ‘the place of the red corn’, Chacchoben dates back to 200 BC, when the first Mayan inhabitants set up home in small villages near the water. As the Mayan population and power grew they expanded to the surrounding areas, constructing vast temples, that are the ruins you can see today.

Upon arrival, your guide will lead you on a guided walking tour of the site, enlightening you with tales of the history of this former Mayan City. Surrounded by lush vegetation, the excavated area of the site boasts several small buildings, as well as a main pyramid that will provide you with an insight into the Mayan culture. At the end of your visit you’ll have the opportunity to browse the gift shop.

After your Mayan adventure it’s onwards to a perfectly appointed restaurant in the heart of the jungle, by a glorious blue lagoon, where Mexican snacks will be served. There’ll be time to sunbathe, or take a dip at this picture perfect idyll. Feeling fully relaxed, and in good spirits your transfer awaits to return you to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking involved on this tour, over uneven surfaces. A separate section of the ruins requires a climb up and down of approximately 20 steep steps, however this is optional. Flat, comfortable non-slip walking shoes are essential. There is a US$5 - $8 charge for the use of video cameras at the ruins. The drive to Chacchoben is approximately 1 hour each way. Please wear swimwear and sunscreen and bring a towel. Insect repellent is also advisable. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities.

Kohunlich Mayan Ruins

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 6½ hours

Discover the fascinating history behind the Mayan world at the Kohunlich Mayan Ruins.

A scenic drive of around 2 hours takes you to the Kohunlich Mayan Ruins. Discovered in 1912 by archeologist Raymond Merwin, this former regional city dates back to 200BC, and was often used as a stopover along the southern trade routes.

Upon arrival at the Kohunlich Mayan Ruins, your guide will walk you through this incredible site, bringing the ancient ruins to life. Kohunlich is tucked away in a secluded jungle near to the border of Belize, almost as if it had been lost.

The ruins are spread over a wide area and encompass a broad range of architectural styles – from the wide lawns of the ball courts to the high temples with sculpted masks. The dwellings of the social elite are found in the higher elevations, where they are afforded wonderful views over the tropical jungle.

In today’s world, Kohunlich’s broad range of architecture, natural beauty and seclusion sets it apart from the more widely-toured sites.

In order to allow you to see as much as possible, a light snack box will be offered during the coach ride.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and on foot and involves approximately 2 hours’ walking over uneven surfaces. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are essential and insect repellent is advisable. For environmental and safety reasons, please do not climb on the ruins. Extra care is required, as areas surrounding the ruins have steep drops with no barriers. Passengers are advised to use the toilets before boarding the bus, as there will be no stops during the 2 hour drive each way. Due to time constraints lunch is not included, however a small snack pack will be provided on board the coach. A hearty breakfast is recommended. Small, personal video cameras are permitted, however there is a charge of $5 - $8 for the use of these, payable locally. Professional video cameras and tripods are not permitted. Flash photography is not permitted inside the ruins.

 

A selection of cruises to Costa Maya

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