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Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Chacchoben Day Trip

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3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Disembark your cruise ship at the port of Casa Maya and embark on a shore excursion to the ancient Mayan city of Chacchoben. Discover the mystifying archeological site as you admire colossal pyramids and sacred temples that were only discovered in the late 20th century. Experience the diverse wildlife of the surrounding jungle as your knowledgeable guide offers a captivating commentary of the atmospheric ruins. Round-trip transport from the port in an air-conditioned minivan is included in the tour.
  • Sightseeing shore excursion of Chacchoben from Costa Maya
  • Drive deep into the jungle where the Mayan city once lay buried under foliage
  • Walk around the archeological ruins of Chacchoben
  • See several reconstructed temple pyramids and a stela with Mayan hieroglyphics
  • Spot native plants and animals like howler monkeys and armadillos
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Meet your driver at the port of Costa Maya and begin your archeological odyssey to the ruins of Chacchoben. Travel comfortably in an air-conditioned minivan, sipping complimentary bottled water for the journey until you reach your intriguing destination in the heart of the verdant jungle. Greet your professional archeologist guide and circumvent the site as the significance of the city’s excavated temples, pointed pyramids, and ancient walls are explained. 

Gain insight into the mysteries of the Mayans as your guide unravels the history of a civilization that dates back to the pre-Classic period of 200BC; hear about how the ruins were discovered by local farmers in 1970 and learn about the complex archeological techniques employed to excavate the structures. Note the red pigment used to decorate the temples and decipher the enigmatic hieroglyphics at the base of the principal pyramid. 

Immerse yourself in the atmospheric splendor of the jungle as you awaken your senses to the sights and sounds of nature. Identify fascinating flora and fauna as your guide shares insightful knowledge, listening and looking out for howler monkeys, toucans, armadillos, spider monkeys, and gray foxes. Gasp as you learn of the nearby presence of jaguars, pumas, and tapirs. 

Peruse the gift shop for special souvenirs before returning to the port in your comfortable and air-conditioned transportation. 

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return to the Costa Maya cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Where is the meeting point?
A:
After disembarking find the exit of the shopping complex and parking lot of the Cruise Terminal. We are located half block outside of the first security gate of the Cruise Terminal. On the left side walk, passed the yellow taxis. Please look for MAYAN TRIPS signs and we will have a slate with your name.
Jul 2019
Q:
What is the meeting time?
A:
Our tours to Chacchoben depart approximately one hour after your ship docks. Please be at check in office 10 minutes prior to departure.
Jul 2019

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Awesome!
Maurine G
, Sep 2019
My husband and I took this excursion from our recent cruise. I was extremely pleased with the entire process. The transportation from the pier was easy to find, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. They provided us with water and soft drinks which was great. Our guide, Gus (Gustavo), was absolutely wonderful! He delighted us with stories during the ride, and during the tour he gave us all kinds of information about the ruins and other things like local trees and products that are made from them. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. If you go to Costa Maya, I would highly recommend this excursion.
Caring and professional Chacchoben Day Trip
Travel513978
, Sep 2019
We were a group of four. This excursion is very popular. We had to wait for our small minibus to come and it was comfortable and with lots of drinks from water to pop and fizzy drinks. Everyone in the minibus love the lady who is great in explaining the history and taking pictures for us. She was patient to make sure we had toilet breaks and waiting for one another to regroup regularly. Con- Not easy to find. When we arrived at the pickup centre we did not even know we have arrived. No sign to indicate it is the viator pickup for the excursion. The centre has lots of seat to sit and wait. The manager there was friendly.
Outstanding Guide for Ruins
daverobar
, Aug 2019
Chacchoben was truly amazing. The ruins are in great shape. But, what even made it better was that the guide we had, Brian Cardenas, was an offical guide for this specific set of ruins. He knew everything about them and several other topics such as the Mayan use of plants in their rituals, medicines and foods. He expressed a willingness to provide tours of other ruins over an extended time frame, and if I were to go back I would take him up on his offer. His command of English is good and his is friendly without being overbearing.
chacchoben day tour
kcreed60
, Aug 2019
well done in every way HIGHLY RECOMMEND great guide,safe,clean van great driver .and very knowledgeable and fun guide and made some extra stops to accommodate everyones interest all of us loved this tour kc reed
Great trip even in the rain
hawkersuzie
, Aug 2019
Meeting tour was simple, tour guide was informative and great with the people in our group. Small group of 9 which was lovely. Good air conditioned mini bus was a bonus .
Ruins were great, guide was just okay
kjbrady25
, Aug 2019
We did this excursion while on the MSC Armonia. Finding where to meet was easy, but we waiting about a half hour before we got on the bus. Once on the bus the drive was an hour. Our tour guide, Brian, was just OK. He never spoke on the way to and from the ruins, and was just OK while we were there. At one point we joined another tour group to listen to their tour guide explained a ruin that our tour guide never explained. On the way back we stopped for pineapple. There was confusion on who was supposed to get a bag of pineapple. It was supposed to be one per couple, but we all paid the same price for the excision. My husband and I were the last to board the van back, so we got separated inside the van. I was in the front and he was in the back. I had pineapple handed to me, but i guess he never got one, because we were supposed to share. I never heard these instructions in the back of the van, so i ate all of the pineapple, and my husband never got any. Then that's all i heard the rest of the trip, was how i ate his pineapple. But if we could have sit together that never would have been a problem. . .
Fun and informative
fgrez
, Aug 2019
Monica, Alex and one of their young guides ( sorry forgot his name) made the day fun and very informative. The young fella was on his first guided tour and although very shy in front of the entire group was great and very knowledgeable when on a one on one situation. Certainly a big improvement by the end of the tour and should be given a huge pat on the back for his efforts that day. Belizimo of a day with them all.
Wonderful!!!
SatinDoll524
, Aug 2019
This is a wonderfully, beautiful excursion! Once we left the cruise port, the office to check in was easy to find. Nice comfortable ride out to the ruins, slept the way there... Once we arrived, there were a lot a people there, but our guide used the time wisely to talk to us about the history while other tours were around and when the other tours moved on, we approached the ruins thus allowing us to capture pictures without obstructions and people in view. Very informative guide, so sweet, kind and patient. Highly recommend!!!
Mayan Ruins
Judy S
, Aug 2019
Fascinating and beautiful ruins in an exotic jungle setting. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed this easy walking tour and air conditioned bus.
Mayan ruins and monkeys
llmorris999
, Jul 2019
Started the day with iguanas sunning on the sidewalk in front of the excursion meeting spot. Loaded into the air conditioned van with Catarina at the wheel. She was very personable and knowledgeable. Stopped for fresh pineapple along the way. The ruins were interesting and enjoyable. We even saw a family of monkeys swinging through the trees close to the end of the tour. Would definitely recommend this excursion.

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