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: Kathryn Gallaher
This excursion was the highlight of our trip. The lunch with the Mayan family was humbling and amazing. The food was wonderful. Beautiful setting in a tiny remote village. The ruins were also interesting and very different from others we had seen. I would recommend this excursion.
Reviewer: Mariana Lara
Excellent directions for reaching the office, comfortable bus ride, & informative guide. The lunch was tasty & well-made, the family that hosted us was very friendly. Loved learing some history. I'd certainly recommend this to others.
Absolutely incredible!!! Ruins were amazing, our guide was so informative and explained everything in detail. The Mayan village and house we stopped at for lunch was definitely the gem. Food was amazing and making our own tortillas was really cool! We bought a few handmade linens there too. Would definitely recommend this tour! We wore long sleeves and pants, but it wasn’t necessary. It was cloudy in the morning and sunny in the afternoon so not bad at all. Make sure to wear comfy shoes to walk around and climb part of the ruins. Only thing I regret was I waited to buy a souvenir ornament when we got back to the port- but NONE of the shops at the port had Chacchoben, they only had the bigger more popular one. So if you want it but it when you’re at the actual ruin!
Reviewer: Dana Cryer
WOW!!!! Our guide was a native and deserves the recognition of being one of the best along with his driver of the bus. Well educated 27 year old and shared all he knew about the Mayan history and people. The tortilla making lesson and meal hosted in his home town was authentic and delicious. The tour was a great learning experience in a relaxed environment.
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.