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.
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 day 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.
I loved this experience! We had an amazing guide and the best part was that the driver stayed with us all day making sure we got back onto the boat safely and on time.
Reviewer: RODNEY SCHNEIDER
We found this to be more than what we expected under the circumstances. My breathing had worsened and back was giving much problems so had resigned myself to staying in the bus/van when the tour explored the ruins. Instead of that happening we ended up with Carlos(tour guide) and Jimer(driver) in a separate car and when we got to the ruins Jimer carried two plastic patio chairs so we could sit whenever the need arose. This was way above expectations and can't thank them enough for the fact that I got to see the ruins. The ruins and the peaceful lunch we had were really nice and the yummy pineapple that we were treated to in Pineapple City was like no other pineapple I have ever tasted. Thanks again to Carlos & Jimer!
Reviewer: Annette Gower
Our family of 6 really wanted to see some of the Mayan ruins but didn't want to have to travel 2 hours each way with the kids like some of the other cruise stops would have required. This was perfect! We were met with wonderful hospitality by tbe lady who we checked in with. We were transported in a clean air conditioned van by a very safe driver. Our tour guide Juan Carlos who was a Mayan descendent was super knowledge and taught us so much. Seeing the ruins themselves was amazing! Our driver let us stop at a little pineapple stand where you could buy pre-sliced pineapple that was literally the sweetest we have ever tasted. Then a crazy delicious lunch on the beach and a bit of time to splash in the water. This is a must do worth every penny!
This was the reason we chose this particular itinerary and I am so glad we did!
My family had a great experience. We were a little late, but that was ok. They put us on the next van, the tour guys were very good, they provided drinks, took good care of us, even bough some pineapple to share with us. These ruins are not to far and the walk is ok. We went with our 2 kids and grandpa, and they were able to handle it fine. Just one advise, please give some tip to your tour guide. They make the best effort to make us happy. They deserve it.