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.
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.
My husband and I enjoyed the excursion very much. The staff was super friendly and helpful. Always keeping us in the loop of what was happening. The history lesson given to us was easy to understand and enjoyable. I would absolutely book another excursion with this company.
Reviewer: Michelle Schmidt
Really enjoyed this tour! Tucan Tours were very organized and professional. Joel our guide and Antonio our driver were fantastic! Joel was very knowledgeable and informative. Ruins were great and the food on the beach was excellent. Would definitely recommend this excursion!
Reviewer: Coleen Mitchell
A short walk to an awaiting van. It was hard to find out who your real tour guide was because the locals were all claiming to be your tour group. But once we were on board, things were much better. It was a bit of a ride to the ruins. The ruins themselves were awesome! They allow you to climb on most of them. It is an activity the you need to be able to climb a bit, so wear close toe sensible shoes. The guides were really great. They offered us water during the tour. Then we drove back to the beach, which was very nice. where we were seated at a table offered 2 drinks each and lunch. There the locals were just relentless with hawking their wares for purchase, it was constant. I was happy to return to the ship after the beach