Located at the east side of beautiful Cozumel Island, with more than 16 years in the horseback riding business, this island tour is one you can't afford to miss. The adventure starts when you're picked up at your ship's pier in Cozumel, where you'll be taken by bus to your final destination, The Ranch. Each rider will be assigned a horse depending on their own riding experience. Then it's off to the mystic land of the Mayan civilization that once upon a time resided at BuenaVista. During your hour and a half horseback riding tour, your guide will explain how their ancestors used to live, which gods used to be adored and also the way life was perceived back then. After getting a great view of the Mayan vestiges and several caverns, you will saddle down and enter the Beautiful IXCHEL cave where participants will learn the history of this ancient goddess. The adventure concludes at the cantina area at the award winning swimming pool where everybody is invited to enjoy a swim and one complementary soft drink, which are included in the admittance ticket. Guests can also relax in the hammock area. When all this is achieved, the bus will be ready to take everyone back safely to the original place of departure.
Note: Participants must be at least 12 years of age and no more than 65 years of age to participate. Maximum weight limit is 230 lbs. Bottled water is provided during the tour. Guests must be able to walk unassisted and/or without any orthopedic device(s). Guests with back/neck injuries, recent surgery and/or pregnant women are not allowed on this tour. Closed-toe shoes are mandatory and long pants are recommended. We recommend you bring your swimsuit, sun block lotion and bug spray. Guests will not be permitted to run with the horses, get into the ocean or consume alcoholic beverages before the horseback ride.
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Customer Reviews for Mayan Frontier Horseback Riding
This excursion got off to a good start. The Cozumel dock was by far the most organized we saw on this cruise. There’s a designated area for people to meet for shore excursions, very well-marked and with lots of seating. There are also plenty of shops right there, so after you check in with the tour guide you can browse until it’s time to leave.
But things took a turn for the worse when we boarded our transportation to the ranch. Nowhere in the tour description did it mention that we’d be riding in the back of an open bus (canvas roof only, no windows). The tour guide described it as “Mexican air conditioning” – which was funny at first, until we got out on the highway and drove at full speed for 30 minutes, with the wind blasting in our faces and whipping our hair around. Ladies, I recommend you actually tie a scarf around your head – I had my hair in a ponytail, and my hair was still a mess to comb out later. I must say, though, that although the drive was super windy, the scenery along the coast was gorgeous.
Luckily, things improved quickly when we got to the ranch. The staff were very friendly and well-organized. They separated us into 3 groups, based on how well we said we could ride – beginners, intermediate, and advanced – and then gave everyone a horse to match their ability. Before we left the yard, they gave good, basic riding instructions to all the beginners. Also, we really liked the fact that throughout the ride, they treated us as adults. There was no “stay in line” or anything like that – although they did offer advice when they saw someone was having difficulty.
The ride was about 1.5 hours long, and was very enjoyable. One guide rode at the front, and one at the rear. We rode through a scrubby forest, past some Mayan ruins (and some replicas). The guides stopped at points of interest to tell us a bit about the history of the area (nothing too in-depth, just a bit of background and some interesting tidbits). We also say many wild iguanas, which was pretty cool. One word of warning – don’t ride too close to the shrubbery – I got my arm scratched on some nasty thorns.
At the end of the ride, you get a complimentary cold beverage back at the ranch (but there is no food available). While you wait for the bus back to the port, there’s a nice, airy seating area, or you can look around the gift shop. Overall, this was a very worthwhile adventure, and something a little different from the usual beach and swimming.
We took this excursion because we like to ride horses and wanted to see some ruins. It was about a 35 min. ride to the ranch, which was very interesting. Once we got to the ranch we received detailed instructions on riding, as some of our group have never been on a horse before. They matched the horses with the riders ability. All the horses were very nice! Luis and Julio were awesome. ( Not to mention very good looking!) We didnt see any temples, just some ruins and also some replica ruins. It might be a good idea to get in the front of the pack with your horse, so you could hear better as to what we were seeing. We also saw a huge iguana. The ranch had 2 mayan dogs which were nice to see, as I had never seen that type of dog before. There were also 2 cute puppies. They will take your picture before you head out on your horse and your photo will be ready after the ride. They cost $12.00 and are really nice. We liked this excursion.