Chacchoben Ruins Tour

Costa Maya's favourite excursion


Duration 4 Hours

Difficulty Easy Easy

Rating 5 Stars

$55USD Ages 13+

$45USD Ages 6-12

$0USD Ages 5-

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Chacchoben Ruins Tour

Experience the harmony between nature and history, as you join us in a journey that will take you from the myth of creation through the collapse of the great Maya civilization. Enter the heart of Chacchoben's ceremonial center and explore its secrets while you enliven your senses with the sounds of nature.

Our Chacchoben Maya Ruins Tour includes a two hour guided tour with a native guide who will unveil the history and secrets of a Maya city that flourished around 300AD and awaited silent under the jungle as evidence the glorious past of the most brilliant civilization of the new world.

The experience is complemented with a short walk under the jungle and climbing Gran Basamento, Chacchoben's ritual heart, for spectacular views of the surrounding jungle and to admire Temple One, Chacchoben's astronomical hub.

This tour also offers the possibility of learning about the local plants and seeing some species of the local fauna including birds and spider monkeys.


Chacchoben Ruins Tour summary

Rate definitions: Adult: Ages 13 years old or older: $55.00USD
Child: Ages 6 to 12 years old: $45.00USD
Infant: Ages 5 years old or under: Free!

Inclusions: Round transportation in air conditioned vehicle, travel insurance, English speaking guide, entrance tickets, guided tour and bottled water available during the tour.

Duration: 4 Hours

Departure times (cruise ship guests): Daily, one hour after ship docks. Tour departures are adapted according to your ship's schedule.

Departure location: The Native Choice Office, four blocks from the Costa Maya Port. Email confirmation will include easy to follow directions and a map.

Deposit: $15.00USD per person required to confirm spaces for this tour.
Deposit is fully refundable if for any reason cruise ship doesn't call port at all in Costa Maya.

Cancellation policy: 48 hrs before the tour to avoid a $15.00USD per person penalty.

Restrictions: This tour is better appreciated by children ages 6 y/o and older.
There's a $5.00USD copyright fee (not included in the tour price) for the use of video cameras at Chacchoben, this fee is paid directly at the site.
Tripods aren't allowed into the site.

Recommendations: Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a hat and sun screen if you visit during the summer. Ensure your camera's battery is charged and you that have space for pictures in your memory card. Bring extra cash for shopping, credit cards aren't accepted at Chacchoben.


Chacchoben Ruins Tour timetable

This tour is completed in 4 Hours.
Departure time is one hour after cruise ship's arrival time.

  • 50min - Travel time Costa Maya to Chacchoben Ruins
  • 10min - Break to use facilities at Chacchoben
  • 1hr 50min - Tour of the Chacchoben Ruins
  • 20min - Break to use facilities and shopping
  • 50min - Travel time Chacchoben Ruins to Costa Maya

Chacchoben Ruins Tour info

The ride from Costa Maya to Chacchoben takes around 50 minutes.

Visitors are allowed to climb Gran Basamento and only a few steps of all the temples. All over the site there are ropes indicating how far visitors can climb.

This tour isn't very strenuous and doesn't include walking on uneven grounds. Total walking distance to see all sections available for visitors in Chacchoben is some 6 blocks. During our tour we walk this distance in around 1.5 hours.

The service area and facilities of Chacchoben are wheelchair accessible. Once inside the park, it is possible to complete the tour on a wheelchair with a little help.

Chacchoben Ruins site has a service area that includes clean bathrooms, a cafeteria and shopping area.

There's a small commercial area at the site where the locals sell their products. Most pieces are locally made and cheaper than at Costa Maya.You're expected to negotiate the prices, so be ready to exercise your “Español” and have some fun! No credit cards accepted.

Please don't hesitate to contact us in case you need any further details or if you need any kind of assistance. It will be our pleasure to help you!