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Old March 2nd, 2004, 08:54 PM
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Default Mayan Ruins - Cozumel or Costa Maya??

Hi,
I was wondering if the Mayan ruins are better on Cozumel or Costa Maya? Also, are they worth taking the time to see? I have 2 teenagers and was wondering if this is something they may be interested in. Any advice and suggestions???
I would appreciate any help or thoughts!!!
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I have been told by those on recent cruises...we did the beach insteadm that the ruins visited when in Costa Maya are " apile of rocks" thisis second hand info so wait for more comments.
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My 17 year old son, my husband and I did both tours last November (2003). As far as teenagers liking it, it depends on your teenager! My teenager is a history buff and gave me a lecture on the Mayan culture before we even got on the cruise ship. So, of course, he loved the ruin tours. My husband and I also enjoyed them. The tour to Kohunlich (Costa Maya) is a very long bus ride; however, we all appreciated the chance to see the "real" Mexico -- not the "tourist" Mexico. Both of the ruins at Kohunlich and Tulum were in amazing shape, and, in my opinion were well worth the time. If you are a family who wants "beach time", these tours probably aren't the best tour for you; however, if you want to learn a little about Mexico and see something you can't see in the good-ole USA, these tours will not disappoint. To sum it up, it all depends on what "brand" of tourist you are -- "beach bum or history buff". Of couse the good thing about cruising it that usually you can hit the beach at another stop!
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LB, I honestly believe the teenagers would be BORED SILLY! There is so much teens would enjoy -- all kinds of water sports & fun -- in Costa Maya. (Cozumel also) You can always wait and see "the ruins" later without children. The ruins aren't going anyplace. Your children will .......... Just an opinion!
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My advice is enjoy the beaches in Cozumel and do the ruins in Costa Maya. It is a long bus ride but the "real" Mexico is not to be missed.
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I want to thank all of you for responding to my question. All of these reviews were helpful... I just now have to share this info with the rest of my cruise travelers!
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My husband, 15 yr old son and I, visited the ruins in Tulum in July of 2003 when our cruise shipped docked in Cozumel. Yep, it was a ferry ride to the mainland, then a bus ride to the ruins, it was a ways, but it was so worth it. Our 15 yr old loved seeing the ruins and hearing the guide explain everything. There is a small beach there to go swimming and it is absolutely beautiful. Our opinion was how many 15yr olds get to see Mayan ruins ? It was a wonderful experience for all of us. Enjoy !
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I, too, will be doing Costa Maya this year and glad to see this post. I was trying to decide what to do - I love the beach, but also a history buff.....still can't make up my mind.

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I've been to Cozumel and the Costa Maya 3 times on cruises & Chichen Itza by bus from Cancun.

Chichen Itza isn't worth the time it takes from the ship and it's hot & humid when you get there.

The ruins on Cozumel are a pile of rocks if you don't appriceate the significance of this fertiliy temple. They are also inland so they'll be hot & humid.

I've been to Talum twice. The dramatic setting of Talum is worth the trip.

I'm taking 13 year old twins on their first cruise in June. We're going to take a tour from the ship to (save time) and insure that the ship doesn't sail without us. We're going to Talum followed by a snorkeling stop at Xel-Ha. The twins studied the Mayans this year in school and want to see ruins. Xel-Ha is a wonderful snorkling experience.

Check the excursions your ship offers and they may have something that combines a water experience with Talum.
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We took our 17 yr old daughter and 22 son to the C ruins in Costa Maya, and the Alta Ha/River Wallace tour in Belize... they both enjoyed it... as did we. We used the other possts, Cozumel & Grand Cayman, to beach and shop... don't miss the ruins.. they are truly impressivce, and each is different from the other, plus with the right guide you get a true feel for the country...

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Does anyone know how long it took in Costa Maya to get to the ruins on the "long" bus ride?
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I lot of the TA sites I've seen says the "long bus ride" to the K ruins in Costa Maya is about 2 hours.

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