I was excited to go on our cruise to the Western Caribbean as it was for a few reasons:
- It’s a cruise. As I’ve stated before and likely will state again, I love cruising!
- It’s to a warmer climate. After the winter we’ve had, I’m ready for some fun in the sun.
- We’ll get the chance to see Mayan ruins.
It’s actually number three that’s got me all juiced up. I’ve always wanted to see a Mayan ruin. I never realized how many of them there are. Just on our cruise alone we’ll have the chance to visit the following:
- Chacchoben (Costa Maya)
- Kohunlich (Costa Maya)
- Lamanai (Belize)
- Altun Ha (Belize)
- Tulum (Cozumel)
We’ll probably for sure do Chacchoben and Tulum. I’d love to do Lamanai. Norwegian has an excursion called “Lamanai and the New River Safari.” You take a boat up the river (past crocodiles!) to the ruin at Lamanai, which is supposed to be surrounded by jungle and pretty neat.
However, Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef. Only the Great Barrier Reef is larger. That makes Belize a must snorkel spot, so no crocs or Mayan ruins for me in that port.
Other Mayan ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula include:
- Chichen Itza – The most famous of the Mayan ruins and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
- Coba – The largest of the Mayan ruins and it’s in the jungle, but it’s only partially restored. However, it’s got the tallest Mayan pyramid. That’d be cool to see. Also, it’s the only place that still allows you to climb the pyramids.
- San Gervasio – Not the largest or most impressive, but easily accessible for cruisers who don’t want to do a tour that requires transporting from Cozumel to the mainland.
- Ek Balam – This is a newer Mayan ruins site.
- El Cedral – This is the oldest of the ruins.
If we had chosen a cruise that docked in Progresso, we could’ve had time to get to Chichen Itza. I would’ve liked to see that.
But Tulum, even though it’s smaller, it also said to be worth a visit because it’s set against a beautiful backdrop – perched on a cliff overlooking the sea. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing that.
There’s also a slew more. I truly had no idea how many Mayan ruins there were.
I’m just wondering which of them, if any, are haunted. Naturally. What else would I think about?
I’ll of course be sure to share any Mayan ruins ghost stories I come across.