Mayan Experience

Mayan Ruins Cultural Experience History in Costa Maya Chacchoben
Price: $89.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Cultural
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 Meal, 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. Sensible, flat-soled, closed toe walking shoes, sunscreen and sun glasses are recommended.
Restrictions 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.

Mayan Experience

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 ( 2.5 miles) 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, not included). Credit cards are not accepted at the site for fees or shopping; U.S. dollars and local currency are.

5 Stars4.9 / 5  |  103 ReviewsReview This Tour
Mayan Experience
April 03, 2020
Our tour guide Alondra Garica was excellent. She gave so much history and facts and her English was great, could understand everything she said without having to look at her and pay attention to her. I was able to look about and see what she was talking about. The Mayan home and meal was fabulous. It truly showed their customs and way of life. We made handmade tortillas and saw all the ingredients used in the meal growing on their property. The ladies were 100% Mayan speaking no English. This was an excellent tour and it was a very small group so you got a very personal feeling of attention. Alondra informed us that the owner is Mayan and truly believes in his culture and customs and helps preserve them by giving back to his people and helps to give tourist a true reputation of the Mayan culture. I would recommend anyone to ask to go in Alondra Garcia group.
Reviewer: Christina Buckingham
5 Stars
Fantastic excursion
March 31, 2020
Our guide Diego and our driver were amazing, so much information And at the busiest site we did excursion in reverse so we could get the full benefit of the views in front of us and still hear all that Diego had to tell us without struggling to hear him over the crowds. Our driver carried cold bottled water everywhere for us with no limit so grateful for that. The Mayan lunch we had and the chance to make our own taco was the highlight of our day. Would recommend this excursion to everyone.
Reviewer: Judi Murray
5 Stars
Mayan ruins
March 30, 2020
This excursion was taken with my 3 sisters and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the Mayan hospitality while making our own tortillas. Our tour guide was very helpful and informative and we all would recommend this experience to anyone who loves history.
Reviewer: Sue Kay Kushlan
5 Stars
Thanks for a great day
February 21, 2020
We loved our Mayan Experience excursion. We went to Chacchoben to see the Mayan ruins and then made tortillas and had lunch in a Mayan home. It was a wonderful day. Allondra and Pedro took very good care of us and made the day very enjoyable. Allondra was very knowledgeable and interesting. We learned a lot. Thanks for a great day.
Reviewer: Werner
5 Stars
December 13, 2019
We had a wonderful time with Shore Excursions! Great service!
Reviewer: Beverly Winchester
5 Stars
Outstanding Experience
December 12, 2019
Excellent tour. In addition to seeing the ruins, this tour gives a personal experience visiting a Mayan home, learning of their culture and eating an authentic meal. I strongly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Patricia Deering
5 Stars