Tours & activities by Sacred Destinations from Viator

  • Location: Costa Maya, Mexico
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $61.99

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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.


  • 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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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Tour departs from the Costa Maya cruise ship port. Exact directions will appear on your voucher.
Departure Time:
Tour coincides with your cruise ship's arrival
3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Chacchoben Day Trip

Chacchoben Day Trip

  • Local English- and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Bottled water and soda
  • Entrance fees
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion guarantee
  • 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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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Barry S, 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.

Reviewed by: Neil P, January 2017

Very informative,educational and enjoyable. We enjoy the company of our driver/guide,Robert. We learned a lot from Luis, our tour guide. Other people from another group wished they were in our group. Robert and Luis are hiighly recommended. Thank you very very much for making our first trip to Costa Maya a memorable one.