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Chacchoben Ruins Tours

Chacchoben Ruins
Mostly unexcavated, the Chacchoben ruins (Zona Arqueológica de Chacchoben) make up the largest and most visited Maya archaeological site in Costa Maya. Here moss-covered temples sprout from a lush jungle, attracting visitors who want to learn about Maya history, including the collapse of the ancient civilization.

The Basics
Located about 110 miles (177 kilometers) south of Tulum, the Chacchoben ruins site includes two main temple pyramids, which date from 200 BC to AD 700, plus a third, smaller pyramid. After the collapse of the Maya civilization, it’s believed that Chacchoben remained a ceremonial center, with rituals continuing to take place at the temples. Eventually, the site was completely abandoned. In 1942, a Maya man discovered the site, and it now serves as a popular destination for day trips from Cancun and the surrounding cities.

Because the Chacchoben ruins are a popular half-day shore excursion for cruise ship passengers, many tours depart from near the Costa Maya port. Those staying in Cancun can take full-day Chacchoben tours that include a visit to nearby Lake Bacalar, called the Lagoon of Seven Colors. For those venturing to the ruins on their own, on-site guides are available for personal tours.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Since the ruins are mostly unexcavated, visitors should wear sneakers or hiking boots, not flip-flops. 
  • Mosquitos may be abundant, especially during rainy season, so remember to bring insect repellent.
  • Keep your eyes open for deer, peccaries (piglike animals), armadillos, gray foxes, and spider and howler monkeys, which inhabit the surrounding jungle.

How to Get There
The Chacchoben ruins are about a 50-minute drive from the Costa Maya port, which is located right outside the village of Mahahual. Typically, tours include transportation to and from the ruins site. Keep in mind that public transportation is not always reliable. If traveling from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, or elsewhere on the Riviera Maya, head south along Mexico Highway 307 until you reach Chacchoben; the trip takes about 3.5 hours.

When to Get There
In order to avoid the crowds, visit the Chacchoben ruins early in the morning or later in the afternoon. In the early morning hours, you’ll have a better chance of sighting exotic birds and spider monkeys. During the rainy season, which occurs from May to December, the ruins may be off limits or under cover for protection.

Other Ruins to Visit on the Costa Maya
In addition to Chacchoben, the Costa Maya contains two other archaeological sites—Dzibanche and Kohunlich—both of which are located about two hours from Mahahual and roughly 35 minutes apart. Ruins tours exploring both sites are available and are also popular shore excursions for cruise ship passengers. These sites aren’t as heavily visited as Chacchoben, so you can explore Maya ruins without as many crowds.
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Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Chacchoben Day Trip

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.
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Our Chacchoben Maya Ruins Tour is suitable for first time explorers and experienced Maya ruins enthusiasts who wish to explore a Maya ruins site that is full of life yet peaceful, surrounded by exuberant vegetation, exotic palm trees and with many chances of seeing local fauna including birds and spider monkeys. The Chacchoben Ruins Tour includes a short walk ,at the end of the tour by chachoben our driver will bring you to our beach club where we include , 1 main course to choose, 2 hours of open bar, snorkel equipment & lounge chair in our beach club ibiza sunset
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1 DAY TOUR CHACCHOBEN MAYAN CITY + BACALAR LAGOON (INCLUDES CERTIFIED GUIDE)

Two of our favorite places in a single day. As soon as your cruiseship arrives to Costa Maya Port, travel through history from the Mayans to the pirates. Start your adventure in one of the least explored archeological sites in the Maya Zone that date back to 200 BC. and let yourself be surprised by the incredible monuments, flora and fauna that the jungle has to offer you.After visiting the jungle and the Mayan city of Chacchoben, we will go to the Bacalar lagoon, a famous haven for pirates, where you can relax, swim or enjoy a kayak ride in the refreshing waters of the seven-color lagoon.Take a short break eating some delicious fajitas with your favorite drink at the edge of the lagoon or just enjoy the breeze and incredible landscape.We recommend this tour if you visit Costa Maya for the first time.
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1 DAY TOUR MAYAN EXPERIENCE + CHACCHOBEN MAYAN CITY (CERTIFIED GUIDE INCLUDED)

If you are passionate about history and culture like us you cannot miss this experience.As soon as your cruiseship arrives to Costa Maya Port, travel through history in a guided tour through the Archaeological Zone of Chacchoben to later interact with Mayan descendants at the village of the same name.Witness the daily life of the heirs of this great culture as you interact with your hosts and their family. They will teach you from the ingredients of the classic tortillas to home remedies for some bites of the endemic fauna.In this tour, you will try traditional dishes prepared with ancestral techniques that have been inherited from generation to generation with local products and fresh produce that will impress the authentic Mayan flavor.We recommend this tour if you want to learn more about our local culture and you are history lover like us. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or require additional information. It will be a pleasure to assist you!
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