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.
Chacchoben Ruins is beautiful and historical. Our guide was very informative. I’ve always wanted to see these !Mayan ruins and was not disappointed. Our driver was also good even though his English was limited. A fellow traveler was nice enough to translate. He even let us stop at other spots to take pictures and buy local food products. The lunch was delicious. Highly recommended. Only draw back is you have to walk a significant distance outside the port to meet your tour. If you have someone who has limited mobility;that can be a problem (I went with my 79 yo mother). Overall though, it was a great tour.
Reviewer: Carlos n Wilda
What a great experience. Maria and her crew are just awesome, knowledgeable and entertaining. A must see in Costa Maya. The food deal and drinks, you can not beat it, right on the beach, big plates, plenty of food and excellent drink selection. Highly recommended, better experience from locals than from cruise scheduled tours.
Reviewer: BETH BROWN
This was a wonderful excursion. Once we found the "office" outside the port, everyone was very helpful. Our escort was very knowledgeable and informative. It was nice to have the local aspect of the area.
Reviewer: Mark and Michelle Davis
This was definitely worth the money! We first went in an a/c van and the driver was also our guide at the ruins, it took a little while to get there but it was very cool and educational! We then went to the beach and had chicken fajitas and 2 drinks that were included. Loved it! Well worth it!! Also, we were thinking we would have to take a taxi back because we were late getting stuff together from the beach but the driver was still waiting for everyone to get back so it all worked out!
Reviewer: Jan Northey
The tour was very organized. The ride was about 45 minutes to the ruins where the guide provided us with water and information/history about the area and the ruins. The ruins were awesome. After we went to a very nice beach area and had a very good lunch. There was also a souvenir shop with washroom facilities. It was a very good excursion for the price.