- All entrance fees included
- Get inside tips from a local
- Ideal choice for families
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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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)
- 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
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.
Reviewed by: dyalden1, December 2016
Amazing pyramids- learned so much! Had a wonderful guide and driver. Very personalize tour! Such a perfect way to spend the day.
Reviewed by: susan m, 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.