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.
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.
Reviewer: Candice Cummings
To get to the actual place where the van picks you up is a little hike but we made it. Outside of the port there was a guy named Charlie that helped us the rest of the way to the pick up spot. They were very nice and offered us various drinks. We had a group of eleven people which was nice. We got into a nice and air conditioned van. Carlos our awesome tour guide gave us a lot of history on that 45 minute drive to the ruins. Once there we were able to shop at the mayan shop which was nice. The actual tour was great. Definitely need some sneakers. We were a little tired but it was also very hot but Carlos and Israel had cold water for us the whole time. After the tour we were taken to the beach where we were served delicious Mexican fajitas and two drinks of our choice. Carlos even gave me a special drink for my birthday. Afterwards we were taken back to the port with plenty of time to shop in the port also. Oh try the pineapples on the side of the road. They are AWESOME.
Reviewer: Linda Lee Rabine
Tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. Had a wonderful time.
The company (Costa Maya Tucan Tours) was excellent in that we were confused on how to get out of the Costa Maya Port, which made us a bit late. A representative was waiting for us in a conspicuous spot. Directions on where to find them were excellent, just follow them. We were taken to the ruins first by Carlos Juan. He gave us information about the Mayans on our van ride. Was very knowledgeable and shared so many interesting facts. We later stopped by the side of the road to support Mayan vendors selling the BEST pineapple and mango we have ever tasted. He also bought us various bread loaves to try. Pineapple, cheese and corn breads. They were delicious. We were taken to the beach after the ruins. Food and drinks were excellent. We were allowed to choose the amount of time we wanted to stay. Carlos was very accommodating. I wish we had chosen to stay longer as the water was so gorgeous and refreshing. Such a beautiful area. We long to go back and experience more.