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.
Let's start with the only thing that was hard. Finding the location. This was a little tricky, but we followed the directions and the crowd and made it in time. Give yourself time though. As for the trip, it was great! The bus to get to the ruins was a beautiful charter bus. Our tour guide gave us lots of background information along the way and was knowledgeable about the Mayan people. The time at the ruins was really nice, but a little rushed. Because we also did the Seven Colors Lagoon, the time at the ruins had to be shorter than other groups so there wasn't much time for exploring. The lagoon part of the trip was BEAUTIFUL. It is a private resort where you are fed an authentic Mexican lunch, kayaking, swimming, unlimited drinks, and lounging by the water. Because it is private, there are no locals selling things and no other people other than your group. It was fantastic.
Reviewer: Amanda Horenziak
Native Choice tours did a great job. Our guide, Diego, was very personable and interacted well with our group of 15. Our (approx. 60 min) drive to the ruins flew by with his anecdotes about the area and history. We spent just enough time at the ruins to experience them and still leave a good amount of time for relaxing at the resort. The food and drinks provided were very good! They got us back to the pier (in really nice air conditioned vans) in plenty of time to see the shops.
Reviewer: Lois Parrish
Very interesting, informative
Reviewer: Wayne Hatlestad
Tour was very interesting and we had a great driver and guide. The stop at the beach club was also fun.
Reviewer: Helen Patterson
This tour is excellent. The tour office was easy to find with the instructions we were provided with. The ruins were fascinating and the history very interesting. Lunch at the Lagoon was really good with lots of alcohol available. I special treat was a stop on the roadside to buy chilli pineapple which was delicious. I would definitely recommend this tour.