Chacchoben Ruins & Beach
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.
The company (Costa Maya Tucan Tours) was excellent in that we were confused on how to get out of the Costa Maya Port, which made us a bit late. A representative was waiting for us in a conspicuous spot. Directions on where to find them were excellent, just follow them. We were taken to the ruins first by Carlos Juan. He gave us information about the Mayans on our van ride. Was very knowledgeable and shared so many interesting facts. We later stopped by the side of the road to support Mayan vendors selling the BEST pineapple and mango we have ever tasted. He also bought us various bread loaves to try. Pineapple, cheese and corn breads. They were delicious. We were taken to the beach after the ruins. Food and drinks were excellent. We were allowed to choose the amount of time we wanted to stay. Carlos was very accommodating. I wish we had chosen to stay longer as the water was so gorgeous and refreshing. Such a beautiful area. We long to go back and experience more.
Reviewer: Pat Beachy
This was an excellent excursion. The guide was very knowledgable. Two thoughts though -- a map from the ship to the location of the bus would have helped to find it better than the written directions. And it was a little tight getting back to the ship on time. We stopped for pineapple fresh off the plants. Got water delivered while at the ruins. Enjoyed the beach greatly.
Reviewer: Matt Troxell
This was a really great time. The ruins were beautiful and our tour guide was funny and knowledgeable. The van driver pulled over on the side of the road to get everybody fresh sliced pineapple! Made for a really fun day.
Reviewer: Doris Hanneman
We had a wonderful driver and guide for this excursion! He bought pineapple for everyone at a road side stand and took us to a pharmacy for much-needed allergy meds. He also took another party in our group to a place where they could purchase specific spices they asked him about. Our lunch was delicious! The beach was overcrowded and we could not take advantage of it. We enjoyed the ruins and the unique view of the entire area that our guides provided.
Reviewer: alleen dicks
a little difficult to find pick up location. Very wonderful and informative trip. Would recommend trip.