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Costa Maya

Ontdek een fascinerende beschaving

Puerto Costa Maya, waar de Caribische en Franse Antillen MSC cruiseschepen aankomen, ligt buiten het zicht ten noorden van Mahahual. De invloed van de cruiseschepen is merkbaar, want als ze aanleggen bij het dorpje gevuld met souvenirkraampjes en jetskiverhuur langs de mooie boulevard aan zee (een zeer kleine versie van Playa del Carmen) komt het dorpje tot leven.

De twee dorpjes in de omgeving, Mahahual en het kleinere Xcalak, werden in 2007 aanzienlijk getroffen door de orkaan Dean. Mahahual werd herbouwd, maar Xcalak ligt er nog steeds gehavend bij. Tijdens uw MSC Caribische en Franse Antillen cruise zult u gewoonlijk rond Mahahual blijven, terwijl duikers en vissers meestal in zuidelijke richting gaan naar Xcalak. Als u van plan bent om slechts een oude bezienswaardigheid te bezoeken in het gebied Río Bec, dan is Kohunlich de beste keuze.

De ruïnes worden zelden bezocht door iemand anders dan enorme vlinders en wilde papegaaien. Ze zijn prachtig gelegen en steken boven de boomtoppen uit. De gebouwen dateren uit de late preklassieke tot klassieke periodes (100-900 v. Chr.) en de meeste zijn in de architecturale stijl van Río Bec gebouwd. De meeste zijn vol met beplanting, behalve de Templo de los Mascarones, welke is vernoemd naar de vijf stuccomaskers van twee meter hoog die de gevel versieren.

Deze afbeeldingen van de zonnegod met grote ogen en open mond, Kinich Ahau, hingen eerst tegen een achtergrond van glad, helderrood pleisterwerk. U kunt ook een bezoek brengen aan de chique woonwijk 27 Escalones, de moeite waard vanwege de prachtige uitzichten over de jungle vanaf de klif waarop het is gebouwd. Deze twee naburige ruïnes, in een droger gebied met minder bomen, bieden een interessant contrast met Kohunlich.

De kolossale piramide van Kinichná, die door opeenvolgende leiders gebouwd is door metershoge stenen laag op laag te stapelen, steekt uit boven de bomen, maar u kunt nog over het omliggende gebied uitkijken (en een glimp opvangen van de oude Maya archeologische vindplaats Dzibanché), dat nu is opgedeeld in landbouwgrond.

Must see places in Costa Maya

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Gidsen in een andere taal dan in het Engels zijn beperkt beschikbaar. Indien de gekozen taal niet beschikbaar is, dan zal de tour gegeven worden in het Engels.
  • DUNE BUGGY JUNGLE & BEACH SAFARI

    ACTIEF & AVONTUUR
      • Duur
        3:30 u

      • Vanafprijs volwassenen85Prijs per persoon

      • Vanafprijs kinderen79Prijs per persoon

      CMY04

      In order to increase your holiday enjoyment quotient even further, this tour ups the ante with an opportunity to explore the Costa Maya’s spellbinding shoreline in a brand new, custom-made and self-drive beach buggy. First popularised in the Swinging Sixties, this recreational vehicle has lost none of its carefree charm and continues to stand for endless fun in the sun. In the interest of safety, you’ll naturally be given a thorough briefing before you set off en route to your first stop at the Fishermen’s Village. Wave to the people as you then move on and keep a lookout for the area’s fabulous birdlife and resident iguanas as you travel off road to a secluded stretch of beach. Take full advantage of the ample facilities, leaving you only with the problem of choosing what to do. Fancy soaking up the rays in a comfortable hammock while sipping a delicious drink and snacking on something tasty? No problem! Or would you rather swim in the Caribbean Sea, have a go at beach volleyball or explore the spacious beach? Go for it – or simply do them all. Plenty of time will be yours to do whatever you fancy before you begin the drive back to the pier and your ship. Please note: due to the driving involved, the tour is strictly alcohol-free. Food can be purchased at extra cost while at Cacum’s beach. Cash only in either US dollars or Mexican pesos will be accepted. Guests must be at least 3 years of age to take part. Guests wishing to drive must be at least 21 years of age and in possession of a valid driving licence. Occupancy per beach buggy: 4 guests. All buggies feature a manual gearbox (stick shift).
    • JAGUAR TRUCK: MAYAN ADVENTURE EXPEDITION

      ACTIEF & AVONTUUR
      • Beperkt aantal plaatsen

      • Actieve excursies welke wordt aangeraden aan reizigers met een goede fysieke gezondheid.

        Moeilijkheidsgraad
        Moeilijk

      • Duur
        4 u

      • Vanafprijs volwassenen82Prijs per persoon

      • Vanafprijs kinderen75Prijs per persoon

      CMY29

      What’s black and red and built for fun? The Jaguar Truck – your specially equipped mode of transport on a tour dedicated to delivering an entertaining and varied adventure with plenty of time in the great outdoors. After boarding the truck, your first stop is scheduled following an only 15-minute drive. You can then either team up with a fellow guest to ride a tandem or simply walk through the rainforest to reach your destination: a beautiful Mexican cenote. The deliciously refreshing water is perfect for a soak, after which you’ll get back on the truck and head for your next stop: the beach. While your friendly tour guides get busy setting up camp, you’ll have time to practise boogie boarding or stand-up paddle boarding, take a floatation tube for a dip in the sea or simply relax on the fine white sand. Once you’ve enjoyed lunch on the beach, your return journey in the customised Jaguar Truck will give you a chance to enjoy further gorgeous views of the Costa Maya coastline. Please note: the tour is designed for guests who enjoy high-level outdoor activities. Guests will be required to fill out and sign a waiver/release form. Guests wishing to take part must weigh no more than 320 lbs/145 kg. At a maximum depth of 4 ft./1.2 m, the cenote is a safe environment even for guests who are not strong swimmers. Guests must be at least 8 years of age to take part and are generally recommended to wear a hat, comfortable shoes, light clothing (that can get wet while paddle boarding), apply sunscreen and insect repellent (from August to December) as well as to bring a change of clothing and a towel.
    • OFF-ROAD JEEP & BEACH TOUR

      ACTIEF & AVONTUUR
        • Duur
          3:30 u

        • Vanafprijs volwassenen92Prijs per persoon

        • Vanafprijs kinderen82Prijs per persoon

        CMY24

        Exhilarating, entertaining and a great way to spend some time off the ship, this tour will see you board and possibly drive a jeep to discover some of the roads less travelled along the mesmerising Costa Maya. Once you’ve got settled in your 4-person jeep – with one of your number doing the driving – you’ll head out in convoy, first through the pretty little fishing village of Mahahual and then off road into the lush rainforest that flanks the coastline. With sublime views of the Caribbean Sea, stretches of sandy beach and tiny villages to enjoy on the way, your 1-hour drive will take you south to reach Explora Beach. Pristine sands and a secluded location make this the ideal spot to stop for a delicious Mexican-style lunch, followed by time to do whatever you please. The water is just the place for a refreshing dip, the beach perfect for working on your tan, playing beach volleyball or going for a stroll and the stunning surroundings well worth a photo or two. You’ll return to the pier and your ship in the same way you came – by jeep. The only thing left to decide is: who gets to have fun driving on the way back? Please note: all jeeps feature a manual gearbox (stick shift) and each jeep seats 4. Guests are recommended to wear comfortable shoes and swimwear under their clothing as well as to bring a towel, a hat, high-factor sunscreen and a some cash to pay for any additional purchases. Guests wishing to drive must be at least 21 years of age and in possession of a valid driving licence. Guests must be at least 3 years of age to take part in the tour. The tour is considered to be unsuitable for pregnant women and guests with pre-existing back/neck injuries.
      • CHACCHOBEN MAYAN RUINS

        CULTUUR EN GESCHIEDENIS
          • Duur
            4 u

          • Vanafprijs volwassenen75Prijs per persoon

          • Vanafprijs kinderen69Prijs per persoon

          CMY06

          The dawn of the once highly developed Mayan civilisation can be traced back to around 2,000 B.C. and many of their amazing architectural structures can still be visited in Mexico to this date. In around A.D. 700, these clever people built the pilgrimage site of Chacchoben, your destination on this half-day tour. After meeting your bilingual guide, you’ll head inland on an air-conditioned coach with information on the site and the Mayans provided during the ride. On arrival, your guide will show you around the site, explaining the purpose of the various structures. Amazingly, one of the pyramids still features some original red paint on its stucco walls, while a mural depicting the astronomical positions of planet Venus has stood the test of time in one of the temples. For those of an energetic disposition, there’ll also be time to climb Chacchoben’s tallest structure: the imposing Gran Basamento, a place where archaeologists found remains of ceremonial offerings dating back to 1,000 B.C.. The highest point of the temple sits above the tree canopy and affords eminently photo-worthy views. You’ll also get to find out a little about the area’s diverse wildlife and Mayan medicinal plants, which continue to be used to this day. A complimentary drink is also included in your excursion and the relaxing return drive to your ship at the Costa Maya brings your tour to a close. Please note: the price of the tour excludes the cost of any additional soft drinks, crisps or biscuits that guests may purchase at the archaeological site. As the tour involves longer periods of walking over uneven ground and some climbing, it is considered to be unsuitable for guests with mobility problems. About 10-15 minutes will be allocated for guests to make purchases at the market inside the archaeological site. A government-imposed fee of approx. US$5 is payable by guests wishing to use video equipment (including mobile phones) at the archaeological site.
        • KOHUNLICH MAYAN RUINS

          CULTUUR EN GESCHIEDENIS
          • Het maken van videobeelden en/of foto's is verboden of toegelaten tegen betaling

          • Snack inbegrepen

          • Beperkt aantal plaatsen

          • Actieve excursies welke wordt aangeraden aan reizigers met een goede fysieke gezondheid.

            Moeilijkheidsgraad
            Moeilijk

          • Duur
            6:30 u

          • Vanafprijs volwassenen82Prijs per persoon

          • Vanafprijs kinderen75Prijs per persoon

          CMY28

          Situated on the Yucatán Peninsula and one of Mexico’s absolute must-sees is the archaeological site of Kohunlich, a terraced city built by the Mayans between approx. A.D. 250 and A.D. 600. The site’s unusual-sounding name is derived from the English name of the cohune palm, a common sight in the area. Your tour of cultural discovery begins with an air-conditioned coach ride, during which a bilingual guide will entertain you with information on the Mayan remains ahead. At the site itself, you’ll be escorted through the park-like setting of the historical complex, whose highlights include a sunken palace, an acropolis, courtyards and even an ancient ceremonial ball field. But the site’s main attraction is undoubtedly the Temple of the Masks, dedicated to the Mayan sun god Kinich Ahau. Although the oversized stucco masks on either side of the temple’s central staircase are easy enough to see from the ground, you’ll have to climb up the pyramid-like structure to get a closer look. Parts of the stucco – which dates back to earlier than A.D. 500 – still retain some of their original colour. With memories of the beautifully secluded Kohunlich fresh in your mind, you’ll then get to enjoy a light packed lunch on the coach journey back to the Costa Maya and your ship. Please note: the tour involves a 2-hour coach drive each way without a comfort stop; guests are therefore recommended to use the facilities prior to departure. As the tour involves longer periods of walking on uneven ground, guests are requested to take extra care. The tour is considered to be unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair. Guests are recommended to wear high-factor sunscreen, insect repellent and comfortable shoes. Depending on the exchange rate on the day of the tour, a fee of US$5-US$8 will be payable by guests wishing to use video equipment (including mobile phones) at the archaeological site. The site does not permit the use of tripods, professional video equipment or flash photography. The tour also involves an approx. 5-minute walk between the car park and the entrance of Kohunlich.
        • Maya, Lost Kingdom Adventure Park

          SPECIALE EXCURSIE
            • Het is mogelijk dat er tijdens de excursie hellingen, trappen, oneven oppervlakken en/of lange wachtmomenten voorkomen.

              Moeilijkheidsgraad
              Gemiddeld

            • Duur
              3 u

            • Vanafprijs volwassenen72Prijs per persoon

            • Vanafprijs kinderen52Prijs per persoon

            CMY37

            Maya, Lost Kingdom Adventure Park
          • SALSA COOKING, DANCING & BEACH BREAK

            SPECIALE EXCURSIE
            • Beperkt aantal plaatsen

            • Het is mogelijk dat er tijdens de excursie een aantal trappen, oneven oppervlakken en/of momenten van wachten voorkomen.

              Moeilijkheidsgraad
              Makkelijk

            • Duur
              3 u

            • Vanafprijs volwassenen75Prijs per persoon

            • Vanafprijs kinderen69Prijs per persoon

            CMY30

            Since there’s no better place on earth than Mexico itself to find out how authentic Mexican food is made, move your hips to the salsa beat and sip a refreshing margarita while you dance, this tour lets you go native for a while and do all three in the most sumptuous surroundings. A coach transfer to a beachfront restaurant affording superb views of the Caribbean Sea gets the party started, after which you’ll first be shown the best way to make Mexican salsas and creamy guacamole – delicious with tortilla chips whichever way you slice and dice it. And the recipe will be yours to keep as a memento so you can recreate the moment back at home. Then tickle your taste buds with a complimentary margarita, a cool Mexican beer or some flavoured water before you hit the dance floor for your salsa lesson. Simply follow the step-by-step instructions and you’ll soon be swaying to the infectious rhythms like a pro. Free time will then be yours to relax and enjoy the beach facilities, laze around in the sun or go for a swim in the sea. Best of all, you can choose between returning to the ship using the transport provided or stay for longer and use a taxi coupon for your return trip. Please note: taxi coupons will be issued so guests can return to the ship at their leisure. The tour is considered to be unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or who use mobility aids such as a cane, walker or a wheelchair. Guests are recommended to wear comfortable shoes and wear (or bring) swimwear under their clothes as well as to bring a change of clothes, a towel, a hat, sunscreen and some cash to cover the cost of any additional purchases.
          • DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER

            WONDERLIJKE NATUUR
            • Beperkt aantal plaatsen

            • Het is mogelijk dat er tijdens de excursie een aantal trappen, oneven oppervlakken en/of momenten van wachten voorkomen.

              Moeilijkheidsgraad
              Makkelijk

            • Duur
              1:30 u

            • Vanafprijs volwassenen72Prijs per persoon

            • Vanafprijs kinderen65Prijs per persoon

            CMY31

            Get ready to kiss a dolphin! In this experience of a lifetime you will be able to kiss, pet and interact with the magnificent mammals. You’ll be greeted by your smiling guide at the end of the dock who will brief you on the day’s event, it is only a five-minute walk to the Dolphin Park and you will be given a locker and a lifejacket. After a brief educational and safety training, enjoy about 30 minutes in the water on a submerged platform, a great way for even novice swimmers to enjoy this incredible experience. You’ll be surprised by the great intelligence and friendliness of these wonderful marine mammals. Please Note: Cameras and valuable are to be placed in the lockers for safe keeping as cameras are not allowed in the water. Pictures of the tour are not included in the price of the excursion, but are available at the guests own additional expense. Children under 3 years of age will only be able to enter the water with a paying adult. Pregnant women who are up to five months along are able to participate. Lockers are included in the price of the tour. Please bring a towel, biodegradable sunscreen, cash/credit cards for any additional purchases and a change of clothes.
          • DOLPHIN SWIM ADVENTURE

            WONDERLIJKE NATUUR
            • Beperkt aantal plaatsen

            • Het is mogelijk dat er tijdens de excursie hellingen, trappen, oneven oppervlakken en/of lange wachtmomenten voorkomen.

              Moeilijkheidsgraad
              Gemiddeld

            • Duur
              1:30 u

            • Vanafprijs volwassenen105Prijs per persoon

            • Vanafprijs kinderen95Prijs per persoon

            CMY32

            Set in a natural ocean pool with a sandy bottom, adventure awaits you for your chance to swim, kiss, caress and even be pulled by a bottlenose dolphin’s pectoral fin. You’ll be greet by your smiling guide at the end of the dock who will brief you on the day’s events, it is only a five-minute walk to the Dolphin Park and you will be given a locker and a lifejacket. After a brief educational and safety training you will spend about 30 minutes in the water with the dolphins where you can enjoy this rare opportunity to touch the sleek and playful mammals and pose for the world famous dolphin kiss. Standing on a submerged platform, you’ll be introduced to your dolphin friend. You’ll be led into deeper waters where you’ll be pulled by their pectoral fins and swim with your dolphin. Be amazed by your dolphin’s speed, grace and agility as they perform fast swims, high jumps and other breathtaking behaviors. Please Note: Guests with back and/or neck injuries, as well as women who are pregnant cannot participate in the tour. The minimum age to participate is 8 years old, minimum height requirement is 42 inches tall. Cameras and valuables are to be placed in the lockers for safe keeping as cameras are not allowed in the water. Pictures of the tour are not included in the price of the excursion, but are available at the guests own additional expense. Lockers are included in the price of the tour. Please bring a towel, biodegradable sunscreen, cash/credit cards for any additional purchases and a change of clothes.
          • CATAMARAN SAIL & SNORKEL

            ZEE & ZON
              • Duur
                3 u

              • Vanafprijs volwassenen55Prijs per persoon

              • Vanafprijs kinderen52Prijs per persoon

              CMY02

              Two water-based pursuits team up to make a tour full of excitement and fun: first you can enjoy the Caribbean Sea on a modern catamaran and then go snorkelling in the crystal-clear water. After meeting your guide when you leave the ship, you’ll make your way to Fisherman’s Pier to board the catamaran. A safety briefing will be given and fully certified divers will remain on hand throughout the sail to ensure your safety at all times. You’ll also be kitted out with a life vest, which you will be requested to wear while on board and in the water, plus a brand new snorkel tube for reasons of hygiene. You can first savour wonderful views as you sail out; then, when your catamaran drops anchor, marvel at the colourful world under the sea, where jacks, snappers, angelfish, queen triggerfish, groupers and even turtles can be found rubbing shoulders – or perhaps dorsal fins – in a spirit of (mostly) peaceful coexistence. Once the catamaran sets sail again, your on-board guides will continue to entertain you. Finally, you’ll be free to go straight back to the ship when you arrive back on dry land or remain in town and make your own way back when you’re ready. And as use of all necessary equipment is included in the price of the tour, you won’t have anything to carry around with you if you do choose to have a look around town. Please note: for hygiene reasons, a brand new (unused) snorkel tube will be issued to each guest wishing to snorkel. Your transport back to the ship will depart from Fisherman’s Pier at a designated time. Guests wishing to stay in town for longer will have to return to the ship at their own expense.
            • Clear Bottom Kayak & Beach Adventure

              ZEE & ZON
              • Drankje inbegrepen

              • Snack inbegrepen

              • Mogelijkheid tot zwemmen

              • Beperkt aantal plaatsen

              • Het is mogelijk dat er tijdens de excursie hellingen, trappen, oneven oppervlakken en/of lange wachtmomenten voorkomen.

                Moeilijkheidsgraad
                Gemiddeld

              • Duur
                3 u

              • Vanafprijs volwassenen52Prijs per persoon

              • Vanafprijs kinderen35Prijs per persoon

              CMY38

              Clear Bottom Kayak & Beach Adventure
            • GLASS-BOTTOMED BOAT & SNORKEL TOUR

              ZEE & ZON
                • Duur
                  2:30 u

                • Vanafprijs volwassenen62Prijs per persoon

                • Vanafprijs kinderen59Prijs per persoon

                CMY26

                Since the waters off the Costa Maya boast the world’s second-largest coral reef, it would be rather a shame to miss out on seeing it at first hand – and if you prefer without even getting your feet wet. After the short transfer from the pier to the lovely beach at Mahahual, a small fishing village just south of the cruise ship terminal, you’ll board a glass-bottomed boat and begin your adventure. With the iridescent waters of the Caribbean Sea beneath you and panoramic views to soothe the eye, you’ll sail to the reef location. After taking some time to get acquainted with the teeming wildlife through the boat’s glass underbelly, you can – if you want – take to the water itself to meet and greet the reef’s colourful inhabitants. Thanks to the small group size, you can feel safe in knowing that your fully qualified guides will remain close at hand throughout your snorkel tour to assist you at every turn. Once you return to the beach at Mahahual, you can choose whether to return straight to the ship or if you’d prefer to have a look around downtown and then return on your own steam. Please note: guests must be at least 8 years of age to take part. For safety reasons, the tour is considered to be unsuitable for pregnant women, guests with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma, with cardiac conditions (including a history of cardiac arrest and/or surgery), diabetes, epilepsy, back/neck injuries and guests taking medication such as anti- depressants, lithium, beta-blockers and base vein constrictors. Guests wishing to remain downtown after the tour will have to return to the ship at their own expense.
              • JUNGLE BEACH BREAK

                ZEE & ZON
                  • Duur
                    5 u

                  • Vanafprijs volwassenen42Prijs per persoon

                  • Vanafprijs kinderen39Prijs per persoon

                  CMY01

                  Treat yourself to a few hours off the ship to visit one of the most popular luxury beach clubs on the Costa Maya – a heavenly destination and the perfect spot to relax in style. After leaving the ship and boarding an air-conditioned coach, a short journey will take you to this exclusive Caribbean getaway and its glorious golden sands. You’ll be met on arrival and shown around the facilities available to you at the resort, which include an open national bar, a beach volleyball area, beach chairs, a beach party area, beach games for kids and a chance to go kayaking. Further resort amenities that you can use at extra cost are a restaurant, souvenir store, snorkelling straight from the beach and a water sports store. Spend as long as you like enjoying the wonderful resort complex and the beach; when you’re ready to leave, simply catch one of the regular shuttle buses to get back to the pier and your ship. Please note: food can be purchased at extra cost while at the resort. Cash only in either US dollars or Mexican pesos will be accepted. There will be regular opportunities to return to the cruise ship pier throughout your stay. The shuttle service is dependent on the availability of transportation. The resort also features small shops, hair-braiding and henna tattoo artists as well as water sports facilities, which you can frequent/hire at additional cost not covered by the price of the tour. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The tour is suitable for guests with mobility problems.

                Afhankelijk van de lokale omstandigheden en/of onvoorziene gebeurtenissen kan het excursieprogramma, het tijdstip van de tour en de route variëren.
                 
                Sommige excursies zijn erg populair en daarom kan de beschikbaarheid niet altijd gegarandeerd worden. Het is raadzaam om vooraf te reserveren om teleurstelling te voorkomen.
                 
                Houdt u er rekening mee dat gidsen aan boord gegarandeerd zijn in het Engels. Alleen voor afvaarten in Zuid-Amerika zijn de gidsen gegarandeerd in het Braziliaans/Portugees. Gidsen in andere talen zijn beschikbaar op basis van beschikbaarheid. Houdt u er rekening mee dat de uiteindelijke taal van de excursie aan boord bevestigd zal worden tijdens de cruise.

                Mexico

                In de schaduw van een sombrero
                In de schaduw van een sombrero

                Mexico is een van 's werelds grootste beschavingen en is een geweldige cruisebestemming door de mengeling van meso-Amerikaanse culturen, moderne inheemse stammen en Spaanse tradities. Het is een levendige moderne economie en ook de grootste van Zuid-Amerika na Brazilië.

                Het Mexicaanse landschap is even divers: van de glinsterende blauwe kustlijn van Baja California en de iconische met cactus bezaaide woestijnen in het noorden, tot de Maya-dorpen en prachtige door palm omzoomde stranden van de Caribische Zee. U kunt vulkanen beklimmen, walvissen spotten, ondergronds zwemmen en tequilaboerderijen bezoeken tijdens uw vakantie naar Mexico.

                En in het hele land vindt u rijkelijk versierde koloniale kerken, enorme eeuwenoude piramides en een verfijnde gastronomie die weinig gemeen heeft met de wereld van nacho's en burrito's. Ondanks de onvermijdelijke invloed van de VS en de nauwe banden met de rest van de Spaanstalige wereld, blijft het land uniek. De muziek die de pleinen in de avonden vult, de gebouwen die eromheen cirkelen, zelfs de kleuren die van een rij tacokarren komen: ze laten u niet twijfelen over waar u bent.

                 De meeste bezoekers die voor het eerst komen, zijn verrast om te ontdekken dat Mexico ver weg is van een “zich ontwikkelend” land: het land kent een sterke economie (de veertiende grootste van de wereld), een opvallend gedegen en efficiënt binnenlands transportsysteem en een levendige moderne kunst- en muziekwereld.