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: Seny Kerfonta
We were a group of 7 and had our own Tour Guide. He was amazing. Explained everything and even showed us pictures of how things were hundreds of years ago. The Ruins were clean and we enjoyed learning about the history. Drive to the beach was pleasant. We got a table right on the beach and were waited on immediately. Food and drinks were delicious and the time on the beach was much needed. The beach was clean and the ocean water was amazingly clear. I would highly recommend this excursion to all.
Reviewer: Ash Alexander
Carlos and Israel are AMAZING! They served complimentary beer and water upon arrival. The drive was enjoyable because Carlos gave loads of information on the way (mixed with good humor). The ruins were STUNNING! And not super crowded so you have great photos with no one else in them. We even saw a monkey! Israel took us back and stopped at a roadside stand for fresh fruit which was delicious and only $1. The beach was beautiful and the lunch/drinks included were delicious. Felt very safe the whole time and loved every moment!
We enjoyed our excursion so much! The ruins were fabulous. Our guide was so knowledgeable and went above and beyond to teach us so much. When we stopped for pineapple he even got the vendors to sing happy birthday to someone in our group.
Reviewer: Kerri Scaccia
The tour guide was so fun and taught us a lot! He even made the bus ride a blast!
Reviewer: Mike Manser
Had a great guide, Carlos took us on a tour of the ruins and was a fountain of knowledge, not only about the ruins but also on local things such as the tree that grows leaves that is used for toothaches. My tongue is still numb from chewing one of it's leaves. The beach excursion was great, with great service from the restaurant staff. All in all, was definitely worth it!