Chacchoben Extreme Tour
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: Migdy Moya
This was one of our favorites excursions during our cruise. Though it is a bit of a walk to their Tour office, the guides are very friendly and will wait for everyone to arrive. Our Tour guide, Myriam, was very good and knowledgeable. Though a long ride to the ruins, once there, it was a very interesting tour. They even shared their bug repellent (don't forget this and sunscreen) and umbrellas since we had a quick rain shower. They are constantly offering you water (very much appreciated in the heat). Once we arrived at the lagoon, this was a wonderful time spent. The lunch was amazing as were the drinks. The time spent on the kayaks and swimming in the lagoon was very enjoyable. The staff was very courteous and attentive to all our needs. Highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Sabrina Margarita V
The price and what was included was worth it. The driver and tour guides were friendly and professional! I would recommend this excursion and company!
Reviewer: James Sutton
Our tour guide, Edder was fantastic. The Mayan ruins were very interesting. The trip by bus to the lagoon was long and bumpy but well worth the ride. Beautiful water and resort, great lunch and drinks! Finding the starting point of this excursion is a bit challenging because the port is designed to be very confusing. I would definitely recommend this trip.
Very nice tour. Tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable and courteous. The excursion was a beautiful one.
At first I was a little flustered because we had a hard time finding our way out of the cruise port. The map provided had told us to go to a large archway but when we got there it had a closed gate. We had to cut through a store to get to the outside. The walk was a bit inconvenient in the heat, but that is because the cruiselines want to have the monopoly and don't allow local vendors to pick guests up at the port. Once we found our way everything else was smooth sailing. Our guide was Rosa, she told us all about the area and the local wildlife on the way to the ruins. Once we got to the ruins, she explained each site in detail. We saw wild Spider Monkeys in the trees and that was an amazing highlight. After we went to the Lake resort, where we had tacos and free drinks. The lake was lovely and private. Note that it is not a "sandy beach" and the lake floor is quite rocky... so wear water shoes if you swim. We enjoyed this excursion