Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins

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Summary
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  |  417 ReviewsReview This Tour
Great Excursion!
December 04, 2022
From starting in a nice AC van, our guide, Edder, made the 50 minute drive to site a learning experience. The tour of the site was awesome. Edder taught us so much more than the giant groups of people who booked with the cruise. So many little touches he added to our experience with his knowledge. Our driver Miquel was awesome too. He met us at one point through the tour with cold bottled water. So glad that we did not book through the cruise line!
Reviewer: Lance Lofton
5 Stars
Organized tour group and enthusiastic tour guide
December 04, 2022
We walked from the pier to the meeting kiosk outside the port. After we checked in we were sent to our mini bus and traveled to the Ruins. Our tour guide, David, was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about teaching the group about the archeological site and Mayan culture. We were very happy with this excursion and would recommend because we had an excellent experience.
Reviewer: Penelope M Fail
5 Stars
Mayan Ruins
December 01, 2022
This was the tour I wanted to go on, my niece was less excited, but we both had a great day. The tour guide (I wish I could remember his name) was VERY knowledgeable and really excellent - gave us sooo much fascinating information about the people who lived here. The ruins themselves were beautiful and amazing!
Reviewer: Christina Weidinger
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
November 23, 2022
The excursion was wonderful. The driver and guides were great!
Reviewer: Wendi
5 Stars
Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
November 12, 2022
An excellent tour. The tour guide was a Mayan descendant and was very knowledgeable and very engaging. Great tour!
Reviewer: Paul Wuerdeman
5 Stars
Great Tour
October 25, 2022
Tour guide Erik did a wonderful job. Highly recommend.
Reviewer: GUADALUPE BALBOA
5 Stars