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: Bill Lee
Tour was well organized and our guide Edder was personable, humorous and enthusiastic. Van driver was efficient and capable. The ruins were made interesting by Edder's commentary. The stop at the lagoon was great with a tasty lunch and beverages and the lagoon itself was beautiful and private as well. Highly recommend this tour
Reviewer: E Stewman
This was a great tor right from the start. Our tour guide Ron was a start to the tour. We were in a pretty new air conditioned van with Pedro as our driver. They offered us cold water to drink on the way to the ruins and talked about the area around us. Ron, left our group and we picked up Eddar as our tour guide for the ruins along with Angelique and Pedro. Eddar was a very informative guide and worked well with his tour group. Pedro had a pack of cold water that he passed out along the tour. Angelique was very helpful. The ruins were amazing and wished that we had more time there. We stopped at the 7 colors Bacalar Lagoon Resort, had a nice lunch and relaxed for a hour before we headed back. Pedro stopped by a roadside pineapple stand and we were treated to some very sweet fresh pineapple. I would recommend this tour and guides.
Reviewer: Kendra Wilkinson
I took this tour with my active 71-year-old mother. We both enjoyed it very much! Our main tour guide, Fabiola, was very knowledgeable about the ruins and the ecosystems of the Mexican jungle. She even had pictures and charts in her bag! She educated us about medicinal uses of plants, which was fascinating. Ron was our helper guide. New with the tour, he added a wonderful element of fun to the trip. He was the glue that bonded our small group together, asking us questions and helping us get to know each other. He also shared much insider information about Majahuel and taught us about the animals of the jungle, often illustrating with entertaining and sometimes frightening, stories. Rito was our driver and kept us safe. He stopped so we could buy honey pineapple and tiny bananas that were Heaven in a peel. He also spotted a red-tailed tarantula and stopped the van so we could see it. What a wonderful day and great people to spend it with! I highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: james kitchen
This was a wonderful tour. It started out with an airconditioned guided tour to the Chacchoben ruins. This was really impressive and our guide Rosa was very knowledgeable and very entertaining. She always sought out shaded areas with benches when she had information to share and was great about answering all of our questions. From here we drove out and went by pineapple fields on our way to an oasis. We stopped at a beautiful resort tucked back into the forest along the 7 color lagoon. The meal was really good and then we had almost 2 hours to swim, kayak, relax before we headed back to the boat. On the way back we stopped in pineapple town and got fresh pineapple with a chili powder spice to put on it. It was awesome!!!! I want more!!!!
We were on our honeymoon and this was by far our best experience. Everything was fabulous! Worth the extra money to go to the private beach.