Chacchoben Extreme Tour

Chacchoben Mayan Ruins Tour History in Costa Maya Seven Color Lagoon (Lake Bacalar)
Price: $119.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Adventure, Water
Shore Excursion Duration 5 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 15 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided Three Mexican tacos (beef, chicken and al pastor) and your choice of 3 beverages.
Recommended Dress Comfortable long sleeve shirts and long pants are suggested, due to the strong Mexican sun and potential for insects in the jungle. A bathing suit should be worn under your cover up. Sensible, flat-soled, closed-toe walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, and a towel are recommended.
Restrictions The minimum age to participate is 3 years old. Guests must be able to walk approximately one mile over packed surfaces during the 90 minute tour of the site.

Chacchoben Ruins and Blue Lagoon Tour in Costa Maya

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 they describe the history of the city and share 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.

5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  195 ReviewsReview This Tour
Great Tour
April 03, 2020
Our guide and driver were absolutely delightful. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable on the Mayan’s and their culture.
Reviewer: Brenda Allred
5 Stars
Great Excursion!!
April 01, 2020
Our tour guide Edder and our driver Edgar were great. Edder gave an awesome tour of the ruins and was very knowledgeable. Then we are driven to the mist beautiful lagoon you ever saw. So many colors of blue. We had a delicious lunch and drinks all included in the tour while we relaxed on the beautiful water front. Swimming, kayaking and sunbathing. Just a wonderful day!!
Reviewer: Michele Parrett
5 Stars
Great Day!
March 31, 2020
Juan was our tour guide and he was excellent. He really knows his stuff and presents the information in a fun way. It was a little sketchy getting to the office/starting point (you have to walk away from the tourist area and pass lots of taxi drivers endlessly offering you rides) but the office is new construction and clean and once you get to it, you instantly know you’re in the right place. Plenty of cold water bottles were provided throughout the day. Temples were so neat to explore- you can even climb around on some of them. The lagoon was beautiful and the taco lunch was phenomenal! Juan made sure we were back in plenty of time to board the cruise ship at the end of the day. We even had time to stop for fresh pineapple at a roadside stand- a perfect treat at the end of a long day.
Reviewer: Sherri H.
5 Stars
Great tour and super guide
March 29, 2020
Our tour guide Edder was wonderful! He and the staff did everything to make our trip memorable. The best thing was being the first of the day to reach Chacchoben. We had great photo opps with the ruins, heard lots of Mayan history, saw monkeys and just walked around at a leisurely pace. The lot was filling up with tour buses as we left (20+). We were thankful for the uncrowded experience. Next we went to a lovely private resort on the Balacar lagoon, which is beautiful! Unfortunately, it was very windy, so no water sports. The buffet lunch was good and plentiful, plus the staff was on the spot for service. I'm not a big pina colada fan, but the one (well OK, two) I had there were certainly the best ever!
Reviewer: Pamela
5 Stars
So glad we chose this company
March 26, 2020
Our shote excursion was top notch! They kept us hydrated with H20! The tour guides were knowledgeable and very entertaining as we drove to and from the ruins. Our resort tine and tacos were excellent! Best shore excursion ever!
Reviewer: Rockelle Dixon
5 Stars
Winter Vacation
February 23, 2020
Great tour of the ruins very interesting.
Reviewer: Robert Johnson
5 Stars