Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins

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Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Cultural
Shore Excursion Duration 4 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 15 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided Beverages are included.
Recommended Dress Comfortable long sleeve shirts and long pants are suggested due to the strong Mexican sun and potential for insects in the jungle. Sensible, flat-soled, closed-toe walking shoes, sunscreen, and sunglasses are recommended.
Restrictions The minimum age to participate is 3 years. Guests must be able to walk approximately one mile over packed surfaces during the 90 minute tour of the site.

Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins

Chacchoben, "the place of red corn" in the Mayan language, is a ruin which may date from 200 B.C. The structures found here date from 700 A.D. The site is quickly becoming one of the most popular amongst Costa Mayan excursions.

Due in part to its location away from large cities and cruise destinations, and with the more famous sites such as Tulum getting all the attention, the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins, an excellent example of the most brilliant civilization of the new world, remained in obscurity. As you walk through the jungle filled with evidence of temples, courtyards, and pyramids, you will feel the connection and harmony between nature and history. Along the way, your guide will tell you the journey the city has taken, from the myth of its creation through the collapse of the great Mayan civilization. As you stand in the heart of this abandoned Mayan ceremonial center, your senses will begin to adjust to the sounds of nature. This Costa Maya excursion covers more than two square miles in an area known as the "Region of the Lakes," due to the number of lakes and lagoons in the area.

Most of the walking is over even-packed dirt and grass on a circular path that passes three excavated and restored pyramids, as well as walls and staircases. The site is far from being completely uncovered, and you will see excavation on several mounds that are known to contain additional structures. Some structures still bear traces of the red pigment with which they were originally coated. At the base of the largest pyramid is a large stone slab called a stela with a Mayan hieroglyphic inscription.

Climbing on the temples is restricted out of respect to the deceased and their spirits.

The ruins site has a service area that includes restroom facilities and a cafeteria. Locals from Chacchoben village have a small shopping area at the site, where they offer handmade souvenirs from their village. Keep in mind that in places like Chacchoben, you are expected to negotiate the prices, so be ready to exercise your Espanol and have some fun!

Please Note: There is a fee to use a video camera at the archeological site (not included, approximately $4 US). Credit cards are not accepted at the site for fees or shopping, but US dollars and local currency are.

5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  409 ReviewsReview This Tour
Costa Maya’ Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
September 06, 2022
Beautiful. The knowledge the man had and the way he present was extraordinary!
Reviewer: Gwen Ponthieux
5 Stars
September 04, 2022
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and made it fun. Would recommend, but it is a lot of walking.
Reviewer: Konnor B.
5 Stars
Beautiful Location and Amazing Guides
August 14, 2022
This was a long, hot day but well worth it. Both of our guides were incredibly knowledgeable and it made for a fantastic visit. The instructions for meeting the bus are very clear and we underestimated the distance. Would absolutely take a taxi next time as it was too far for us in the heat. The staff took great care though and provided water as soon as they saw us arrive. This tour was excellent for us and our teenage children. Younger children would not enjoy it as much I don't think.
Reviewer: Rita
5 Stars
Great History Lesson
July 31, 2022
Our guide was very informative and gave us background on the culture and traditions. Great tour for history buffs.
Reviewer: Konnor B.
5 Stars
Amazing tour
July 06, 2022
This was our first excursion booked through Member Travel and I don't think we will ever book through a cruise line again. The tour was only a small group of 6 which made it a more fulfilling experience and felt more personal. There was plenty of time to see all of the ruins without being rushed and we learned so much! The tour guide went above and beyond and even stopped on the side of the road on the way back for us to get out and shop at a local fruit stand. I highly recommend this tour if you're in Costa Maya!
Reviewer: Laurie
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
June 21, 2022
Excellent trip. Despite the tropical rains, we had a blast! Very educational!
Reviewer: Lynne Marie Sparks
5 Stars