Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Chacchoben Day Trip

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  • Location: Costa Maya, Mexico
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 6112PRTCTMCHA
When your cruise ship docks in the port of Costa Maya, embark on a 3.5-hour shore excursion to Chacchoben. Explore the ancient Mayan city, where mysterious pyramids and temples remained hidden until the late 20th century! Your informative guide will tell you about the original occupants of this significant archeological site, as well as the native animals – including toucans and jaguars – that inhabit the surrounding jungle. Round-trip transport by air-conditioned vehicle included.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Ideal choice for families
Start your shore excursion with pickup from the Costa Maya cruise port and head to the ancient ruins of Chacchoben, located in the jungle about 45 minutes from the coast. Upon arrival at the ruins, your experienced guide will lead your group on a circular path through this important archaeological site, explaining the significance of several excavated and restored temple pyramids, as well as the many walls and staircases that comprise the ancient city.

Hear insights into the mysteries of the Mayan civilization that inhabited the site, which lay buried in vegetation and was known only to local farmers until the 1970s. You’ll learn how the Mexican Institute of Archaeology and History (INAH) excavated and restored the site in 1994 and eventually opened it to the public nearly a decade later. Be sure to look for traces of red pigment that originally coated the structures, and try to decipher the hieroglyphic inscription at the base of the largest pyramid.

Chacchoben, meaning ‘red corn,’ was most likely settled by the first inhabitants of the Costa Maya region during the late pre-classic period around 200 BC. However, it wasn't until the early classic period (200-600 AD) that the monuments and main governmental buildings were built, only to be abandoned and then partially repopulated during the post-classic period (900-1519 AD).

Your guide will share knowledge of the area’s flora and fauna, including a wide variety of tropical plants, such as the magnificent Coroso palm trees, which are common to many Mayan sites. Keep an eye and ear out for toucans, spider and howler monkeys, deer, gray fox and armadillos that inhabit the tropical forest around Chacchoben, and learn about the jaguars, ocelots, pumas and tapirs that can be found deeper in the jungle.

After your tour, you’ll have an opportunity to visit the gift shop before your driver returns you by air-conditioned transport directly to the port.

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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Tour departs from the Costa Maya cruise ship port. Exact directions will appear on your voucher.
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Returns to original departure point

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Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Chacchoben Day Trip

Chacchoben Day Trip

Inclusions:
  • Local English- and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Bottled water and soda
  • Entrance fees
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion guarantee
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • 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
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Debbie R, February 2014

This experience with Viator was much better than I expected. We meet up with our tour guide Augustin. Along the way he would tell us the different sites. We arrived at the Chacchoben and met up with Diana (Family). She was excellent!! She kept everyone interested in the history. I really enjoyed the tour with her and with our driver Agustin. I asked to be dropped of somewhere to eat which he did. After two previous disasters with Viator this one was a huge success!!!

Reviewed by: Che Che, January 2014

Our original tour company - Alto did not show, we had to make other arrangements to find where is office was located. With little Spanish experience, we managed to communicate our needs. In our voucher it indicated free YELLOW TAXI ride to the location. When we got to the location, no one could explain what was going on and our driver would not be paid by the tour company. We decided to pay for the fare on our own. The good part of all of this, another tour driver took us along with another family to the Chacchoben and they did a fabulous job. Our lemons of a trip turned into lemonade with the new company. All and all the trip and day was fun. - FYI - if you are cruising, you cannot confirm your reservation if you do not call.

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