Chacchoben, Mexico
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clock-o3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Overview

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
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.

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, Jan 2019

After the short walk from the cruise dock, we were greeted by friendly and accommodating staff at the tour office. Roberto was very knowledgeable about the Mayan culture, the ruins at Chacchoben, and the local culture as well. Our trip was enjoyable and interesting. After the ruins, we stopped for local fresh pineapple with chili powder, a treat! Beverages were provided in the air conditioned van to and from the ruins. I'm glad we took this tour and avoided a huge group tour and the touristy shops at the cruise dock. Thank you for a great day in Costa Maya.

k
, Jan 2019

We had a wonderful adventure on our excursion to the Chacchoben Ruins Roberto was our guide and he was so very nice and extremely knowledgeable of Mayan culture and history. We were treated to natural chewing gum like the Mayan's harvested from the trees. We were excited to see monkeys (including a mother with baby in tow) swinging from trees at the ruins and learn about the cannibal tree. We stopped on the trip back by a local fruit stand and were treated to fresh pineapple-Roberto suggested we try them with chili powder and I did and was pleasantly surprised! We also stopped for a one hour beach visit at the Blue Kay Beach and enjoyed a beer and some shopping as well as a beautiful crystal clear beach. This was a lovely excursion, full of fun and we learned a great deal about the culture of the Mayans and the history of Costa Maya. I would definitely recommend you try it!

M
, Jan 2019

A lot of walking, and climbing if you wanted to. Our guide, Ezikel, was terrific, and he made it very entertaining and informative.

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, Jan 2019

ruins are nice and interesting but our guide was the best, great knowledge , nice personality and we had a great time !!!

R
, Jan 2019

The bus was rather run down but very comfortable. Our guide was wonderful and stuck with us even through the rain. This was very educational!

R
, Dec 2018

Everyone enjoyed this excursion. Roberto, Alma and Mike made this very worthwhile. Despite the busy season we felt like we were able to see everything we wanted to. There are a couple of areas of high steps that older family members could not manage with their bad knees but they were still happy with the excursion. There are places to eat and shop if you want. We were treated to roadside pineapple...a delicious finish to a great trip

B
, Dec 2018

Excellent tour. Robert, our driver/tour director was very knowledgeable and knew the Mayan history. I would recommend this tour to any group traveling to Costa Maya.

T
, Oct 2018

The trip was well-arranged and the guide was very helpful. She was sensitive to our interests and went our of her way to accommodate them. There is no way you can make a hot muggy day something else, but you can keep to the shade and have AC and cold water ready, as did our guide who was also our driver. Compared to other groups, this one was far more economical and sufficient to our interests.

R
, Aug 2018

Our excursion was scheduled to depart at 9:30 AM, after our cruise ship arrived in port. We arrived at the meeting place before 9 AM. The person who greeted us turned out to be the tour guide. Since no one else had signed up for the tour, we departed at 9:00. We had a private tour with a knowledgeable guide, who took special care of us. His English was not the best, but we were able to communicate with him without problems.Seeing the ruins was great ans he gave us the history behind the site.

g
, Aug 2018

Excelente excursion! nos recibieron con una botella de agua, estaban bien organizados y durante el viaje Dioniso nuestro guia/ tour guide nos dio datos historicos de los mayas. Nos dieron la opcion de parar en un mariposario gratis y de regreso nos dieron piña y otra fruta que era un fruto de un captus muy buena, sabia como a kiwi. Definitivamente los recomiendo.


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