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: Rachel Reed
From start to finish, we love the tour of the ruins and our time spent kayaking! The tour guides were great and provided a wealth of knowledge regarding the ruins and surrounding areas. And the stop of pineapple was great. It was absolutely delicious. Would highly recommend this tour!!
Reviewer: Yosselyn Martinez
My 8yr son and I had so much fun! The guys were very professional and filled with knowledge. Absolutely loved the lagoon, nice and peaceful. The tour guys, cnt remember the main tour guys name but they were awesome and our driver candy 🍬 he was great too! Recommend it!
Reviewer: C Clarke
Our family had a great time on the tour. The ruins were simple but that’s what we liked about it. Got a taste of history without the unnecessary long lecture. Lunch was very good and service was amazing as well. The Lagoon was a clear and beautiful. You can kayak to the other side where the sand bar is soft. A word of warning. It is VERY rocky to walk into the water. Hard to swim so make sure to bring water shoes. Overall a great time. And we LOVE that we didn’t book with the Cruise because the group was small and we were able to take our time. Diego, our guide was very knowledgeable.
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!