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!!!
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!
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!
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 !
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.
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...