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.
Reviewer: Bryce Assink
This excursion was fantastic! As soon as we checked in, they started handing out ice cold water, which was appreciated. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The tour at the ruins was well run with plenty of time for pictures. They even had a guy walking around with a cooler/backpack handing out ice cold water at the ruins! Then we took a ride to the resort, stopping for fresh sliced pineapple and lemoncitos at a road-side stand (bring a couple bucks for this...well worth it!). The lunch was excellent and the time at the resort was wonderfully relaxing. Swimming, kayaking, and just laying around for bit. All in all, a perfect way to kick off our cruise.
Reviewer: Cathy Reid
This tour was a highlight of our cruise. Fabiola, our guide was terrific! It was a very hot day so we did a shortened Mayan ruin tour and spent more time at the lagoon. What a beautiful relaxing day on the water kayaking and swimming. The food was excellent too. We even made a stop for fresh pineapple and dragon fruit. My son says pineapple will never taste as good again!
Not too far from ship. Easy to find. Alondra, Fabiola and the drivers were fantastic. Food was very good and filling. Drinks were delicious. Stopped for pineapple and chili powder on the way back to ship. Water was provided. Great tour!
Reviewer: Tiffany Matthews
The Mayan Ruins at Chacchoben were very exciting to see, plus we were able to do some climbing on parts of them. Being able to touch history in that way is amazing. Lunch was supurb, but the drinks were light on the alcohol content. It was all you can drink, though. The 7 color lagoon was breath taking. We did see spider monkeys at the ruins and many colorful birds at the lagoon.
This was our favorite excursion by far. The tour guides were excellent and the authentic Mexican meal was delicious. We loved seeing the Mayan ruins and after going to the unbelievable private lagoon! So so beautiful. I would definitely recommend this excursion. No need for bug spray or long sleeve clothing. Do bring some $1.00 bills to buy the fresh pineapple they sell on the road it’s the best I’ve ever had ( you can eat the core) which is unheard of in the states. One piece of advice the map is not super clear on how to find your van you have to leave the shopping plaza and walk down the street. It’s a little scary but our guides were waiting for us and we felt relieved once we reached them. I would do this excursion again! ❤️❤️❤️ It