Chacchoben Mayan ruin is just a few kilometers from the village of Chacchoben and takes its name from this village, the translation of the Mayan word "Chacchoben refers to "the place of the red corn." Only 50 minutes away from the port, this area is known for several species of reptiles and snakes as well as spider monkeys, jaguars and a large variety of birds.
This archaeological site has an area of over 170 acres and includes buildings and complexes of different sizes. The excavations did not begin until 1994 and were conducted by the National Institute of Anthropology and History. The main structures are dated between 200 and 700 AD, with signs of having been rebuilt several times. Chacchoben became a prosperous city, covering in particular the cultivation of maize. To date, excavations have been undertaken only on the five buildings that rest on the structure known as the great basement.
During this Costa Maya excursion learn for yourself the purpose of the temples, they are believed to have been part of the study of the stars and astronomy as well as being a place of worship. The top of the temples incorporates a structure that tracks the sun throughout the day.
Complete your Costa Maya excursion with a trip to a beautiful white sand beach with crystal clear turquoise waters and enjoy a nice moment under a palm tree or some time on a comfortable lounger in the sun accompanied by a delicious cocktail in hand listening to music. The restaurant bar offers all the facilities for your comfort; bar service on the beach, restaurant service on the beach, Mexican snacks and a delicious local dish. There are a variety of water sports from which you can choose to complement your time at the beach as well as free Wi-Fi.
Please Note: Guests must be 21 years of age to drink alcoholic beverages. Minimum age to participate is 4 years old.
Reviewer: Hans Erik Standal
Typically, Mayan ruins are a must see on a cruise like this. Especially if you haven't seen them before. The guide was not very fluent in english and sometimes maybe too detailed? The beach visit afterwards was great. The trip included an mexcian lunch at the beach and the beach was great, a bit more rustic vs. the more "developed" beaches, but that's a part of the charm.
Reviewer: Eileen Minto
Very well organized tour. The tour guide was informative and polite. He pointed out sights along the way, such as the spider monkeys in the trees. He included stops along the road so we could taste some fresh pineapple and bananas, and they were absolutely delicious! The meal at the beach was excellent, too. Unfortunately, it began raining so we did not use the beach, but it looked beautiful.
Reviewer: Samantha Clark
We loved our tour guide. We didn't like that included in our price was a trip to the beach and lunch, which we did not receive either. If we ever return to Costa Maya we will definitely use this company, but be more selective of our package.
This was a great tour. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and kept everybody including our teenagers engaged! Lunch at the beach was good food and beautiful beach. Not much beach but it was just perfect for a relaxing lunch and quick dip to end the tour.
Una excursión muy buena. El personal fué muy amigable, profesional y muy organizado. El chofer y el guia muy conocedor y amigable. Las ruinas es un lugar bellísimo, en verano les recomiendo llevar ropa muy cómoda yprotector solar, el sol y la calor es muy fuerte pero valió la pena porque es un lugar maravilloso. El guía tuvo disponible agua fría todo el tiempo. La playa a la que nos llevaron es hermosa, agua cristalina y arena blanca. El lugar muy bonito y buenas facilidades, sillas de playa, hamacas, bohios con sillas para comer, ofrecían masajes en la misma playa, muchos vendedores de prendas y souvenirs, muy respetuosos y amigables. La comida que ya estaba incluída tacos o quesadillas, simple pero raciones abundantes y muy rica. Incluye 2 bebidas de elección por persona. También te ofrecen menú con otros platos y aperitivos por costo adicional. Les recomiendo probar las empanadas de pollo son sabrosas. Una excursión muy buena, lo pasamos de maravilla, se las recomiendo 100%.