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  |  430 ReviewsReview This Tour
Best Excursion Experience yet!
March 28, 2023
We were on a Carnival Cruise and booked this instead of through Carnival. The people who booked through Carnival had one guide for a bus load of people. We had a van for 10 with a guide who started the tour when we started driving. Our guide had a 1:10 ratio so we got to see more and do more. David, our guide was very knowledgeable and took his time with us. He was amazing! This was the most interesting excursion that I have ever done and that is because of David. Those that booked through Carnival had an OK experience but not the WOW factor of this one.
Reviewer: Tommy
5 Stars
Most Excellent Guide for a Grand Tour
March 26, 2023
This was a great experience and it was 95% because we had a wonderful guide. The site was impressive, enjoyable and picturesque, but without a guide that literally had grown up at the ruins and then went on to get his PhD, teaching, researching and educating, it would have just been a "good" excursion. The company running this knows how to make this excursion not only fun, but very educational and interesting. I recommend this for anyone that can walk comfortably in the heat and climb a few steps to reach some of the areas, which are well worth the effort.
Reviewer: Ross Weatherford
5 Stars
Very interesting
March 20, 2023
Guide was very knowledgeable and kept a running commentary during the hour ride to the ruins. We were delighted to see monkeys in trees around ruins.
Reviewer: Ana
5 Stars
March 17, 2023
Had an amazing tour with the best guide, Ivan. He held our attention from the moment we got un the bus, until the tour at the ruins ended. He is a living encyclopedia!The ruins were interesting and we got to climb some stairs to see other ruins. It was hot and humid. Wear your hats, sunscreen, and sturdy shoes(and bug spray). Beautiful place. We were provided water by Ivan, and theres a store at the ruins with drinks, snacks, and merchandise.
Reviewer: Maria
5 Stars
Such an interesting place to visit!
February 26, 2023
This excursion was so fun and we had the best guide! We had Joel who grew up in the area and he had so much knowledge to share. I recommend this tour to anyone that visits the area.
Reviewer: Kristin Hughes
5 Stars
Ruins and Local Culture
February 22, 2023
We enjoyed the small group and the guide was very knowledgeable with a great presentation style. After the ruins, we visited a home, learned about the descendants of the Mayans living in the area, and enjoyed a delicious lunch.
Reviewer: Charles Ward
5 Stars