• Location: Costa Maya, Mexico
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Disembark your cruise ship at the port of Casa Maya and embark on a 3.5-hour 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. A round-trip in an air-conditioned minivan is included in the tour.

Highlights

  • 3.5-hour 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

What You Can Expect

Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Chacchoben Day Trip

Visit Chacchoben while in port in Costa Maya

Meet your driver at the port of Casa Maya and begin your archeological odyssey to the ruins of Chacchoben. Travel comfortably in an air-conditioned minivan, sipping complimentary bottled water for 45-minutes until your 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 is 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.

Customer Reviews

ef.hoffman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Our tour guide Roberto was highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic throughout. We never once felt pressured to tip or take part in anything we didn't want to. This was the perfect excursion and soooooo much better than being herded around like cattle as part of a group from the cruise ship. Make sure you try the pineapple dipped in chili pepper bought from a local vendor - most amazing pineapple I have ever tasted!

justina.lopez.jl

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great tour even with small children!

bethovenme

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Highly recommended!!!

hwm12

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We enjoyed our cruise stop at Costa Maya, a port built to encourage business in south Yucatan. The port makes you go through a maze of vendors...then we found our tour guide. Roberto was very knowledgeable about Mayan history, Pepe was a safe and careful driver. The Toyota van was new and had AC. We stopped at a butterfly farm, rustic and nice. The Chacchoben ruins were wonderful, some climbed with permission. We were lucky to have a nice breeze, and no mosquitos. On our way back to the port, we were treated to some fresh pineapple slices from a roadside vendor-delicious! The van cooler was stocked with water and cold beverages...all in all. a very nice tour experience.

leodones

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour is the best of all shore excursions we had on our cruise and the only we booked via Viator.
The rest of the tours are through the cruise company.

Juan Carlos is highly knowledgeable and went above and beyond his duty to make our tour fun and enjoyable.

Dennis G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This was an excellent tour. The guide was interested in photography and knew all the best places to get photos. He was very knowledgeable and patient. We saw the ruins and the town. Well satisfied and a good value

Charles P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We had a group of six and we all enjoyed the excursion. Guide very knowledgeable. Would recommend

Christine O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Wonderful excursion. Roberto, our guide, was very knowledgeable about the Mayan culture, the ruins, and the geographic area. He was very personable and is a fantastic guide. He pointed out numerous details during his talk. He explained the gum tree, the start of the gum industry and we had a sample of organic, natural gum.He pointed out the tree within a tree growth, an how the inner tree will eventually die. We learned about the Mayan culture, details about the ruins and the geographic area. It was a small mini van bus tour which is ideal because of the small number of guests. On the way back to the ship was sampled fresh pineapple purchased from the side of the road.

Christine O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Beautiful ruins. The small group tour lead by Roberto was excellent. His expertise on the ruins, the geographic and historical area was great. He explained the history of chewing gum, with details about the tree and provided samples of organic natural chewing gum. He pointed out a unique tree within a tree which is frequent within the forest. He pointed out identification marks on various ruins and explained details about the ruins. We sampled fresh pineapple on the drive back to the port. It was a great day learning about the Mayan ruins and culture.

dandes60

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

An amazing tour. Well below the ships cost for their same excursion. Very easy to find the meeting point, if you read the follow on e-mail, seems others who had trouble finding the meeting point can read. The butter fly stop was an added bonus, amazing creatures. The stop on the way back for fresh pineapple courteous of the guide was relent. Do not be afraid to use AlterNet shore excursions off your ship.

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