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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 December 2016

Amazing pyramids- learned so much! Had a wonderful guide and driver. Very personalize tour! Such a perfect way to spend the day.

susan m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Highly recommend the excursion with Viator. They are trustworthy and I felt comfortable with the Bus driver. He came for us after the tour so that we did not have to look for the bus or the bus driver after the tour was over. Their location was only a two block walk past the gate from the cruise ship port. Also there were people to help direct you to the Viator location.

Scott M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Amazing experience. Guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Bus was cool and clean. I would highly recommmend.

Tina C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Tour was very informative and excellent. Famliy of 4, with children 14 and 11.

James H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a great time! Our ship had switched port days so we were worried about our off ship excursions but the tour company once we found them was waiting on us as we were the last group to arrive. The one problem we had was identifying which tour company was the right one, like others have said the booking had Costa Maya Tours as the name of the tour operator, but the tour operator was Toucan. So keep that in mind, I had been aware of this before our cruise so it really wasn't that hard to find them, just look around and you will be fine. The Tour itself was great, bus ride was good and the tour guide was excellent and you could tell he really cared about the ruins and the people who live in the surrounding areas being a local himself. We had 4 kids ranging from 19-24 on the tour and they loved it. A bonus while on the tour a group of monkeys passed over us in the trees above.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our guide Gus was a lot of fun and knowledgeable. We really liked the value for the price we paid and liked being in a smaller group. Great guide and tour!

Amy T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We booked this as an excursion on a cruise. It was perfect. We LOVED the sample of the pineapple. I wish we could have brought some home. My struggle is always what to tip! Keep the cash handy!

Karen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent small group tour with emphasis on personal attention. I don't know how you did it but we were almost alone at Chacchoben and were able to get photos without fighting with dozens of people in our pictures. At the end we were given the choice of going to a beach or returning to the dock to shop. Very enjoyable day.

Betti G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Best shore excursion yet! Clean buses, nice roads, excellent guides!

Jennifer N United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great tour! Very informative guide and safe, comfortable transportation.

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