Chacchoben Ruins & Beach
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: Carmen Cochran-Krissinger
Had a wonderful time, the guide was very professional and very nice. Much better than the excursions with the ship, smaller and more personalized.
Reviewer: Emily Para
We loved this excursion! Our guide Carlos and driver were super friendly and knowledgeable. We had a small group of about 10 people which was great. Some other tours had 30+ people. The ruins were beautiful, Carlos explained Mayan culture as well as stopped to explain the landscape and agriculture. The beach lunch afterwards was quick but good food and drinks.
Reviewer: Gabriela McNiel
Great tour of the ruins, the beach town lunch food and drink was excellent and shopping. The beach area was not nice enough to swim.
Reviewer: Shanna Hogeland
Guides were friendly and knowledgable. Constantly provided ice cold bottled water. Ruins tour was so cool and our guide was very informative. The beach experience was lacking... lots of people crammed into tiny little areas of beach that were sectioned off by nets. Food was good though!
Reviewer: Rosalie Jackson
The excursion to the ruins was a pleasure from start to finish. The ride was in a nice Airconditioner vehicle. Water was provided on the trip. Our guide was knowledgeable and professional at all times. The last part of trip was to a beach which included a meal and drinks, and ride back to the ship. I highly recommend this excursion through Costco Travel, cannot beat price and service.