Chacchoben Extreme Tour
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.
We were a little uncertain getting to the tour location, but there were plenty of people willing to help along the way. Our tour guide, Edder and our driver, Miguel were great! I wish every tour guide was as knowledge and friendly as Edder. He set a high expectation for the tour and when we arrived at the ruins, we were not disappointed. I had two 19 year olds with me, that can be sometimes difficult to please. This was the highlight of the vacation for them. Would highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Gary P.
We traveled in the car about an hour to see the ruins. The guide was excellent and very knowledgable. Afterward we went to the lagoon and had an excellent Mexican lunch of chicken, rice, beans, corn tortillas, and drinks. We got to kayak in the lagoon until it was time to leave. It was such a pretty resort it was hard to leave. I would definitely recommend.
Reviewer: Laura Korzinski
Although it was a pain to find the location of the tour office, the tour of the ruins itself was wonderful. Tour guide was informative and lovely. Cold water bottles provided for the group in the van to and from ruins. Our stop at the lagoon was the best part. Lunch and free drinks were included and the lagoon resort was beautiful. We had a couples massage on the beach for only $20/per person. Would highly recommend.
Our guide and driver was great! Super attentive. The ruins were amazing and we even saw several spider monkeys. The resort was beautiful and the service was top notch. We loved stopping by the pineapple stand on the way out.
Reviewer: Gretchen McDaniel
I wasn't sure what the "extreme" part of the trip referred to until we drove to the lagoon - the driver was a PhD (pot hole dodger) or that was the line Edder, the ecellent guide gave us! It really was an adventure (in a good way) and the lagoon was just amazing. We had a small group so plenty of room. Lunch was included as well as drinks with no limitations. My virgin margarita was wonderful! We took a kayak out and enjoyed relaxing despite a brief shower. The ruins included 3 separate ruins and we learned a lot about them and the ancient Mayan culture. Great excursion!