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.
Toucan/Tucan Tours was professional and helpful. However, finding the check in point was sketchy. We had to leave the port area and walk down a road with barbed wire on both sides with people trying to get us to come with them along the walk to the check in point. The tour guide (Carlos) and driver (Israel) were amazing - friendly, helpful and polite. While walking the ruins Israel brought umbrellas out when it rained and cold waters out twice while touring the ruins. The meal was good, but the restaurant didn't have restrooms - 2 outhouse-like rooms. Tables were on the beach which was nice, but people walked up to the table trying to sell us things entire time. By the time we stopped for lunch we had to meet up 1 hour later to go back to the port - no time for the beach which was frustrating since we had bathing suits on under our clothes all day per the instructions.
Reviewer: Rhoni Davidson
We really enjoyed how our tour guides really took care of us during this entire tour. We enjoyed seeing the ruins. Our guides told stories as we stood at many parts of the site. It was also quiet, so tranquil. The beach after was a perfect ending. Good food, nice quiet small beach. Truly enjoyed this relaxing tour.
Reviewer: Robert J
I liked this tour vice the ones offered by the cruise ship because it was smaller and the guide was very knowledgeable about the ruins and the Mayan way of life.
Highly recommend this tour! We only had 8 people for our tour, which made the whole thing so smooth and intimate. The guide picked us up in an air-conditioned van, and on the 30 min drive he told us all about Costa Maya! He is a local and gave lots of insight into the Mayan culture and current day communities that live there. The ruins are really really cool and you can walk right up to them - you can't climb very high but I think that is a safety issue. It was not very crowded and we had plenty of time at the site. We saw monkeys in the trees too! On the way to the beach we stopped and bought fresh pineapple and it was utterly delicious. The food took a really long time to come out at the Beach but luckily the beers were quick! :)
Reviewer: Kimberly McVey
This is basically the same trip as the cruise line offers for less money. The guide was very knowledgeable.