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We leave in 34 days and I am still undecided on what to do in Costa Maya....anyone visited there recently? If so, what did you do, and are you happy you chose that particular event? Thanks for any input!

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Were on the Miracle the week after and are in the same boat (no pun intended) :smiley: Carnival have several options listed including the usual snorkling and beach breaks but they also say we can do Kohunlich and Chacchoben Mayan ruins which I can't find anywhere that says if they are any good or not - compared to Cozumel and Belize excursions... sorry to jump onto LV2Cruise's original question but if anyone has been to Costa Maya at all could you let us know what you did and how you rated it???? :huh:

Again sorry to lv2cruise and thanks to anyone who can help us out with this one.

Karen

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Both sites, Kohunlich and Chacchoben, are 'small,' but interesting. They are not on the scale of Chichen Itza, Uxmal or Tulum, but are very interesting nonetheless. Both are set in a 'jungle' of Cahoon Palms (Kohunlich is a 'corruption of Cahoon Ridge...), and are worth visiting.

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Thanks Jeff,

We may decide to do the Mayan Temples in Belize or Cozumel (I know everyone say's Tulum is one of the best but we really want to go to Chankanaab Park whilst in Cozumel so undecided at the moment) :undecided:

Have you done any onther excursions in Costa Maya, that you would recommend, if lv2cruise or myself decide against the Mayan Sites on this particular stop?

Any further advice or recommendations would be appreciated.

Thanks

Karen

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We took a taxi to the actual town of costa maya, it is very small, and the villagers are very poor. they are tyring to build this area up. I enjoyed fresh lobster cooked on the beach by a local, sat in the shade, and enjoyed a dip in the ocean. Then cabbed back to the port, where there is bands and enjoyment, and shopping. Watch what bills you give to the bartenders there though, handed a hundred dollar bill, and had to ask for my change, and he was like oh yes, and gave me change for a 20, and I was like no way...you bring my change now! So, other than that, was fun.

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I know this original question is a couple of weeks old now and thanks for the advice from DaCruzNut and Lil_xxmissyxx. Just wondered if anyone had arrived back recently from a cruise including Costa Maya, Belize or Cozumel that may have done some excursions that they really enjoyed, we are pretty sure we are going to go to Chankannab Park in Cozumel, probably do one of the Mayan sites in Costa Maya? but still are undecided about Belize!! :undecided:

Sorry for being repetitive and thanks for any help or opinions!! :smiley:

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(This is a 'repeat' of a previous post of mine....)

COZUMEL

One of my favorite stops, on Cozumel, is Chankanaab Park, just a short, ten-dollar (U.S.) taxi cab ride from the dock.

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The park was completely rebuilt in 1996, and has something for everyone. Admission is $10.00 (U.S.), for adults, and children are admitted free.

The beach is less than spectacular, but more than adequate. There are palapas, on the beach, if you want shade. It’s appeal lies in the fact that the reef is just a few hundred feet offshore, and you can rent snorkeling equipment ($6.00 - U.S.) and scuba gear ($20.00 - U.S.) right on the beach. The snorkeling and diving is truly spectacular, with visibility 250 feet, on a “bad day,†and “Unlimited†on a “Good†one!

Within Chankanaab Park is an Archeological Park, which used to be on another part of the island, and was moved to its present site during the 1996 renovation. A winding, jungle-like, trail winds through the Archeological Park, past replicas of Maya, Inca, Olmec, etc; structures and carvings, and leads to a recreated Mayan village.

The park, also, contains a beautiful Botanical Garden, with hundreds of species of plants, and a large population of Iguanas.

But, the centerpiece of the park is Chankanaab Lagoon, a gigantic sinkhole which connect to the sea through a number of underground tunnels. A large assortment of tropical reef fish also make their way into the lagoon, through the tunnels, and can be viewed from the path, and lookout points, which circle the lagoon.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive, but really nice souvenir, or gift, check out Roberto’s Black Coral jewelry, in Sam Miguel, on 5th Street South. Go to the top of the main square, the Plaza del Sol, and turn right. Roberto’s is about three blocks south of the square, on the northeast corner.

His work is, truly, extraordinary and his prices are ridiculously low. By the way, it IS legal to bring black coral into the U.S., if it’s considered “artwork,†and Roberto’s work fits the description.

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The Mayan ruin at San Gervasio has not undergone the major restoration that the Mexican government had done at many of the other sites, such as Chichen Itza, Tulum, Uxmal, etc; and is of interest only to those who are truly interested in Mayan history. It was an important site, historically, since it held the temple of the fertility goddess, Ixchel, but a relatively small one.

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Thanks again Jeff,

Defo looks like we will be visiting Chankanaab Park in Cozumel but are very undecided about Belize if anyone has any idea's for Belize excursions please let us know.

Thanks again

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