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Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Chacchoben Day Trip

Q.R., Mexico
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3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 1 more


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
Local English- and Spanish-speaking guide
Bottled water and soda
Port pickup and drop-off
Worry-free Shore Excursion guarantee
All Fees and Taxes

Departure Point

Mayan Trip, Avenida Paseo del Puerto 1180, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Traveler pickup is offered
Our tours usually start one hour after disembark time of your cruise ship. You will receive a message with an specific start time.

Costa Maya Port, Mexico

Departure Time

Tour coincides with your cruise ship's arrival

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Where is the meeting point?
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
What is the meeting time?
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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Mayan ruins and monkeys
, 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.
Great tour
, Jul 2019
Our guide Carolina was great. She made 2 extra stops for us in addition to the ruins. One was to get some pineapple, which was delicious! The other was to the tequila museum also very delicious. We had a great time the ruins were awesome!
, Jul 2019
This excursion was really great. Many of the other groups came to this same place but were in groups of 40+ people. Our group was only 13 people and our guide Brian was very knowledgeable and took us the opposite way of the large groups and before other large groups so we had opportunities to take pictures without other travelers! It was great.
costa maya excursion, chacchoben day trip
, Jun 2019
We did not enjoy this trip because the guide was totally silent during the drive to and from ruins. On most other excursions we have taken, the driver (also guide) would give some information on the culture, geography, country, etc. during the drive. This 2 hours was totally wasted.
Excellent tour
, Jun 2019
Professional, friendly and interesting tour. The ruins were much larger and impressive than I was expecting.
Costa Maya Chacchoben Day Trip
, Apr 2019
After having gone on the ship excursions in Ocho Rios & Conzumel, this was by far the best experience. Our guide Coral was knowledgable and fun. We especially loved the small 18 number van.
Worlds best pineapple.
, Apr 2019
My husband and teenage son went and saw the ruins. They had a good time. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and had a lot of interesting facts to share. My son loved stopping and getting some local pineapple to sample. He said it was the best pineapple he had ever had in his life.
Great excursion!! Very informative
Joanne G
, Apr 2019
My family and I just returned from our cruise. We took the Chacchoben excursion with Mayan Tours. Our tour guide Coral was amazing. She was awesome! We even stopped for fresh pineapple
Fun times
, Apr 2019
It was an amazing time with our guide!!!! He was very knowledgeable and friendly. I loved how engaged he was with all of our crew.
Amazing Shore Excursion
, Mar 2019
This shore excursion was truly amazing and so much better than doing the same tour off of the cruise ship. It was a small group of 9 people and was less costly than the cruise ship. I feel like our group received attention that we would have not received on a large tour. Thank you Roberto for an amazing day!

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