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.
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
Reviewer: Joey and Heather Gambrell
The best part of the excursion was our tour guide Joel. Very friendly and knowledgeable. He answered every question we had. He lives in the community around Chacchoben, therefore he knows the history and the people. He spoke excellent English. Explained the Mayan history and the ruins. He even explained the religious beliefs of the Mayan's (very interesting to me), He even made a stop to get us fresh out of the field pineapple (awesome), Joel also explained the roads, community, and holidays. Our driver (Antonio) was very friendly and patient. Definitely would recommend Tucan Tours with Joel and Antonio as your guides. The beach was beautiful. Our meal was from Big Momma's on the beach. The presentation of the chicken fajitas was amazing. The best looking plate setting I have seen with Mexican food. We got to eat within 50 feet of the ocean. Very rememberable excursion. Would diffently recommend this tour. Wish we had more time and daylight but, limited to the cruise time.
Excursion was very well organized and managed. Especially the selected local location for a lunch close to be beach was fantastic for us.