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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.


  • 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

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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I was a bit concerned on how and when to connect up with our tour once our boat docked at the pier. The time was not listed when our excursion was to begin. I would say you need to connect with them within one hour of when your boat docks. The directions were a bit vague to understand. When you come out of the pier and through the security gate, stay to the left toward town. Stay on the sidewalk on the left side of the road. Costa Maya Tours is in the first building you will come to. The sign in on the building and someone was out front to greet those that had an excursion with them by having family name signs. That was a great help since this was our first visit to Costa Maya. We were treated well before our guide and driver arrived. We were in our own group. I guess because it was large enough 4 people. We had a van with our own driver and guide. It took almost an hour to get to Chacchoben I think it was about 45 minutes. During the drive to and from our guide was sharing about the Mayan people and the culture of the area. Our guide was great aka:Lolli. She had so much knowledge of the Mayan people and of Chacchoben it was amazing. We could not have gotten this kind of one on one treatment in another excursion. While at Chacchoben, there was a large group there just wandering around looking at things, but we had Lolli telling us exactly what we were looking at. I felt so special to have this kind of treatment. When we were coming back, we asked if they could drop us off at the beach instead of taking us back into town. They said they could but could not pick us up due to the taxis rights to the beach. That was fine. We then spent a few hours on the beach, where the light house is, to round out our experience at Costa Maya for a full day excursion. The taxi charged us 2 per person to get back to the pier. We heard about a wagon ride that went from the pier to the beach and back for 1 per person each way, but we did not see where to get the wagon back from the beach it is down by the light house. What a great day in Costa Maya and Chacchoben. Thanks Lolli for the experience and the pineapple. If you do this excursion allow lots of time. We left at 9 and returned about 1 at the beach. We stayed on the beach until 345. Thanks again for a great memory Costa Maya Tours.

Orville L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Our only complaint was the difficulty in finding the office. We walked and walked., And walked some more before finding the place.
However, once we arrived Carlos jumped in and brought us water and found us a place to sit. We had to wait another hour for another couple from a different cruise, so our driver, Roberto Estrada offered to take us into town and show us around while we waited. Roberto gave us the history of the place and lots of insight into the local culture. Once we hooked up with the other couple, we were off to Chaccoben Once again Roberto told us the history and background of the area. I am a former history teacher so his knowledge was a wonderful bonus to our trip. Maria met us at the ruins and gave us an excellent explanation of the Mayan culture and the why of what were were viewing. My wife and I have mobility challenges. Maria set a comfortable pace as she talked and picked the easiest path as we went along. At the end of the tour, Roberto was right there waiting on us and gave us time to shop and use the facilities before the journey back to the ship. Did I mention that Roberto was an excellent driver? His acceleration and braking was smooth as silk.and we felt as safe as babes in a carriage. We had a little bar we had read about that we wanted to visit in Mahaual. Roberto graciously drove a few blocks out of the way and dropped us near our destination. We loved this trip and can't praise our hosts enough! The only suggestion we have is that you post a golf cart near the exit of the dock with a large sign!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The guide was superb and very knowledgeable. There were 6 of us in our party and we shared the van with another couple. As a nice touch, we were offered some fresh pineapple from a road stand.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We arrived in Costa Maya a day early, due to change in ships itinerary, so were very concerned we would not be able to go on our trip.
Found our way to the office and were delighted to find that we could join that days trip, no problem.
We had a great day with our young informative, guide, a bright a bubbly young lady, and 7 other travellers.
Would highly recommend. Much better than huge cruise ship tours.

Brian W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We had a great experience and will book future excursions through Viator. We had an excellent guide who spent time answering all of our questions and seemed to be in no hurry as we wandered around the different structures. She even took photos of us together and didn't mind at all. The best part of all is that we only had 2 couples including us in our group 4 people total and our guide was very kind and patient with us and all of our needs. I highly recommend booking through Viator because of the personalized service and the nice transportation. I saw other people from our ship that booked through the ship and they were in huge groups and traveled in large personalized service at all. Our guide even stopped and bought us some fresh cut pineapple to enjoy on the road trip back. Great memories....thanks Viator!!

Eszter T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great tour, worth the visit! The company was accommodating and very helpful, easy to find them. The tour was interesting and our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the topic, the history and traditions. I would certainly recommend this tour to everybody who arrives here from ships as this tour cost half as much compare of the tours that cruise companies offer and also small groups so you get to ask questions more and interact with your guide.

Bruce H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Easy to find, just outside the gates. Had our name on a sign waiting for us. Lolli was our guide and she was most informative, not rushed, spent as much time with us as we wanted. Even stopped on the way back and got some fresh cut pineapple. This is definitely one excursion you should take with VIATOR. Pricing was right and attention to details was awesome. Had a great time and would do again.

Joy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The Tour and our guide, Lolli, were amazing! She enthusiastically shared her vast knowledge of the Mayan culture and history.
Communication from the tour operator was poor. Directions to the office were not clear and no time was given as to when the tour was to start. We arrived at 8:45 and were met with comments about us being late. Although the tour itself is recommended, please improve communication.

Sandi T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We had Lalli as our guide. She made the day very personal and real. We could easily imagine the Mayan folks moving in the spaces we saw. The van was not large we were so glad we booked through viator instead of through the cruise! Our group was a nice manageable size and we were able to see everything and had time for pictures and explanations.

Barry S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We sign up for the viator trip as a last minute excursion. The goal was to see the ruins with a smaller group then what the cruise royal Carribean offered. We walk off the boat and started to walk out of the village to find our tour company viator holding our names up. The day was an amazing day. We were driven to the ruins by Aaron in an air condition comfortable large van with 10 passenger. Aaron is a very safe drivier. We had a women guide driving with us. I can't remember her name but she spoke English very well. She narrated to us during the way over and also the way back to the ruins and answers lots of our questions about Costa Maya. We stopped at a butterfly farm on the way to break the long trip up. We arrived at the ruins and another guide informed us about these ancient pyramids that have been excavated and restored, and now stand as testament to the myths and rituals of the Mayan peoples. We arrived on the 21st of December to see the December Solstice. It was amazing. Hightly suggest this tour to anyone who is on a cruise to this port. They were always aware of the time and our needs such as water, soda, bathroom breaks etc. Thanks so much Charlie for our wonderful day adventure.

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