Chacchoben Extreme Tour
Chacchoben Extreme Tour in Costa Maya
The Chacchoben Extreme Tour will take you from the green of the jungle to an exciting adventure in the crystal-clear waters of the Seven Color Lagoon.
Departing Costa Maya, you will drive approximately 50 minutes to reach your first stop, the ruins of Chacchoben. The first human settlements in the area of Chacchoben have been dated as early as 1000 B.C. Evidence collected during excavations shows that most of the structures restored were built around the years 300-360 A.D. and were modified up to five times during their history.
Today, Chacchoben still keeps most of its secrets covered with vegetation, offering visitors a unique opportunity to experience its magic and feel the energy of an ancient city. The ceremonial center of the site covers an area of nearly six square kilometers in an area known as the "Region of the Lakes," due to the number of lagoons.
Your expert guide will bring Chacchoben to life as he describes the history of the city and shares insights on its past and present.
After your trip to Chacchoben, travel to spectacular Seven Color Lagoon (Lake Bacalar). The lake is approximately 50 miles long and is ideal for kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, sailing, and swimming. Kayak and canoe rental is included on your Costa Maya tour, so grab a paddle and head out! A variety of birds can be seen at Laguna Azul, including toucans. During your stop, a short jungle walk through the trails near Laguna Azul will also be offered. Guests can choose to do all activities or just relax and enjoy the view from under the shade of a cabana. A light lunch is served.
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 for fees or shopping, but US dollars and local currency are.
Reviewer: Miriam E Kotsonis
The tour company was first-rate. Our guide spoke fluent English as he showed us around the Chacchoben Mayan ruins. He got us there early so we could explore without lots of other tourists, and brought materials with him to help us understand the cultural context. Afterwards, we went to a lovely resort (bumpy road warning), where a hospitable staff served a clean and delicious Mexican luncheon outdoors. Beverages were included throughout our stay. I had a rice drink with the meal, and a refreshing Mexican beer before I left. I went kayaking and swimming. The only thing that was a little hard (not the tour company's fault) was when I got off the ship, exiting the Porta Maya complex to get to their office. Some people in the port area do not want you to succeed! Tip: Don't ask for directions to the office, just ask how to get to the Pyramid. Once you are there, you turn left and walk a block, it's easy. Overall a delightful, relaxing and informative day. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
Our guide was fabulous, I'm not sure on spelling but we called her Greezy. The Chaccohoben ruins are a wonder to see. Our guide gave us a lot of historical information to help us learn about the ruins. The best part was the trip to the lagoon. I wish we could have stayed there longer. Great job, Shore Excursions Group!
Reviewer: vijay pandit
Tour was very good. Guide was good. enjoyed.
The guide was wonderful and got us being first in line to avoid all people traffic to see the ruins . In terms of the lagoon -really nice area , service was good . Food was ok not great , wish we have more time there . Overall a relaxing retreat after the walk at ruins
Reviewer: Joe zhao
Lot of fun, great tour guide. Learned some history (Maya), enjoy the lagoon, which was very beautiful and quiet. The road to lagoon is dirt and narrow, but not big deal. The only problem we had is to find the center from cruise, it was not an easy task.