Experience the Mayan culture's past and present on this fascinating excursion. See the past during a tour at the famous Chacchoben ruins, and then experience the present during a visit and meal with locals in a Mayan house.
Departing the pier for your excursion, you will drive approximately 50 minutes to the site of Chacchoben, where the first human settlements have been dated as early as 1000 B.C. Evidence collected during the excavations shows that most of the structures restored were built around the years 300-360 A.D. and were modified up to five times over 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 in ruins. The ceremonial center of the site covers an area of nearly six square kilometers and is located 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 recants the history of the city and shares insights on its past and present during the approximately 90-minute walking tour of the site.
Your next stop on this Costa Maya excursion will be Chacchoben Village, where you will meet a Mayan family in their home. Witness Mayan life and traditions as they unfold right before your eyes. Learn about traditional home remedies, savor a traditional Mayan meal, make new friends and experience their colorful cultural expressions. Lunch will consist of traditional Mayan dishes, most of them from pre-Hispanic times. The recipes will be explained widely during your visit, and you will also have the opportunity to see the ingredients and spices added to your meal and learn how they were used. The Mayan diet is mainly vegetarian, and by tradition meat is not frequently included. However, during this special occasion, you may find chicken or turkey has been added in your honor. You will not soon forget this memorable experience!
Please note: There is a fee to use a video camera at the archeological site (approximately $4 US). Credit cards are not accepted at the site for fees or shopping; U.S. dollars and local currency are.
Reviewer: DARLENE BEYER
What a fun tour! The Mayan ruins were interesting and our guide did a good job of explaining the history. My hubby climbed the one ruin. Then we went to a Mayan village to a personal home. We got a tour of the gardens, learned about Mayan cooking, made our own tortilla and enjoyed a delicious lunch of traditional Mayan dishes made with fresh ingredients.
Reviewer: cheryl cogan
wonderful experience. Tour guide very knowledgeable and the lunch in a residents home delicious and the atmosphere relaxing.
This was the highlight of our vacation. Our tour guide (Edder) was amazing and the van was clean and well maintained. All the seatbelts worked (which was a welcome change from all the other vehicles we had ridden in). They had unlimited bottled water for us and were willing to answer any questions. On the way to the ruins we stopped at fruit seller and had fresh pineapple (bring cash). The traditional lunch we had with a Mayan family was excellent (not very spicy) and very filling. This tour was worth every penny.
We had a wonderful day visiting the Mayan ruins, it was very informative, and our lunch at a Mayan home was absolutely divine.
Reviewer: Tandy Solesky
Our family had a amazing time. The highlight was eating lunch prepared by the mayan ladies. Food was so tasteful. The ruins itself was not impressive as some of the other ruins but was enjoyed by all.