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Costa Maya Chacchoben Mayan Ruins Excursion

Costa Maya, Mexico (Excursion ID S1201)

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  • Round trip transportation from your cruise ship terminal in Costa Maya!
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  • Entrance into the ruins at Chacchoben!
  • Unlimited bottled water and soft drinks onboard the transportation!

Your Chacchoben Mayan Ruins Cruise Excursion in Costa Maya port will start right outside your Costa Maya cruise ship terminal where your friendly guide and transportation will be waiting for you. The drive to Chacchoben Mayan Ruins is approximately 50 minutes, but the English speaking guide will be giving you lots of information about the Mayans, the Chacchoben ruins and Mexico. You will ride in air-conditioned comfort all the way there.

When you arrive, you will receive a guided tour of the grounds that are surrounded by lush jungle vegetation. The jungle truly had enveloped Chacchoben after the Mayans left. The Mayan ruins at Chacchoben (The Place of the Red Corn) were only discovered in 1972 by the American archaeologist Peter Harrison. Excavation began in 1994 by the National Institute of Anthropology and History and the ruins opened to the public in 2002.

The main structures at Chacchoben date back to between 200-700AD. More is being learned about this site as more is excavated. To date only 5 buildings have been fully revealed. What has been called The Great Basement, was believed to be the sight of religious, civil and astronomy science events.

Get a true feel for the Mayan lifestyle and civilization must have been like. Wrap yourself in the beauty at Chacchoben. The transportation will take you back to your Costa Maya pier at the end of your fun filled day cruise excursion to the Costa Maya Chacchoben Mayan Ruins.

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The secrets of Chacchoben Mayan Ruins await you on this Costa Maya cruise excursion. Come explore this recently discovered Mayan treasure hidden in the jungle.


55 Reviews

Tampa, Florida, US
Very Interesting
     5/5  January 2022
A very smooth excursion from start to finish. Our tour guide was fantastic with his knowledge of the Mayan history and the Mayan Ruins. This excursion was extremely informative and entertaining. Well done by Tucan Tours.
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New Orleans, LA
Enjoyed the Ruins!!
     5/5  November 2021
Loved the Ruins, especially the monkeys in the trees.
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Leighton,Al. US.
Loved it!!
     5/5  January 2020
Loved the tour!! The ruins were simply breathtaking! Oir guide Eliseo was very insightful and entertaining..
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United Kingdom
     5/5  January 2020
Great tour - local guide made everything enjoyable. Nice small group to go around with. Overall, very happy 😀
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Big time savings
     5/5  January 2020
Small group and good service. Highly recommended. Very friendly staff and guides.
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania, US
It was awesome!
     5/5  January 2020
We loved this excursion. The people were very friendly and wanted to please us. Our guide Gustavo was awesome! He was personable and upbeat. We had a great conversation with him on the ride to the ruins and back. He said he loves his job and you can tell! He will take the time to show you many things about the plants and explain how the Myans used them. He also even watched over my husband that has balance issues as he climb the ruin steps. This excursion was the highlight of our trip! The only negative is not their fault. The port will not allow them to post signs on how to navigate to their meeting point outside the port or have a guide inside the port. The port is a maze to keep you contained there and spend your money on higher priced excursions and goods. I bought a Mayan mask replica for half the price of the port at the Ruin sight without being hounded by the seller. Also had the best Tamale from a small vendor there for lunch. I just wish we had more time for the excursion!
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Saint Louis, Missouri, US
Great tour
     4/5  January 2020
This was a great tour, very informative. Our only complaint was that we had a hard time understanding our guide. He was very good and very enthusiastic, loved his job.
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Prescott, AZ
Interesting and beautiful
     5/5  February 2020
Our local guide was great and had really good info. The ruins are amazing and the surrounding environment is beautiful. The small group was a plus as well.
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Pennsylvania, US
Wonderful Experience!
     5/5  March 2020
This excursion was fabulous from the start. You have to exit the gates of the cruise port, but the staff were so helpful and friendly. We were given complimentary water throughout the day. We experienced and learned about the culture of Costa Maya as we travelled to the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins. Eliseo, our tour guide, was fabulous and very knowledgeable. He knew so much about the ruins. We are very thankful for the small tour. After the tour we stopped at a roadside stand for fresh pineapple, mango, and banana. The fresh fruit was delicious. Try the pineapple with chili powder! We also stopped at Mahanual, a small fishing village, with market and view of the beautiful water. We had a delightful day!
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Crossville, TN
Great Excursion for whole family
     5/5  March 2019
Honestly, Carlos and Israel were the reasons this excursion was so great. They were informative, engaging, and non-stop funny. We learned so much about the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins and the Mayan civilization. If you go, you definitely have to try the pineapple with the chili powder. It tasted amazing. The banana bread and mango was amazing as well. Your taste buds will thank you. All the beer and snacks along the way only cost a dollar each. This is a great family excursion. Getting through the port and to the meeting spot was a little confusing but everyone who worked in the port knew where it was and were able to direct us.
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Cozumel Playa Mia
Lifetime Experience
     5/5  May 2019
An unforgettable lifetime experience that was filled with historical education. I think our tour guide was Elicio, and he was fantastic!! He gave us a lot of historical info, as well as, present day info. We even got a chance to witness spider monkeys swinging in the trees.
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Wonderful tour!
     5/5  June 2019
This tour is amazing. It's a bit of a hike to get to the tour guide location. You have to exit the port (by the chocolate factory) and walk towards the Mayan temple replica. There are plenty of people to point you towards the right direction. Once we arrived we were offered water, soft drinks, and beer. Carlos our guide and Israwl the driver were fantastic. The mayan ruins were amazing. We saw monkeys! We loved our stops in pineapple town, mexican walmart, and the salsa house. We were even offered to go to the fishing village and beach. Others in our group wanted to go directly to port so we missed out on the beach. This tour is a lot of walking and climbing. If you have mobility issues, I wouldn't recommend it. You must try the tamales as well once you get to the ruins. Delicious! I would take this tour again!!
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Maryland, US
The Ruins and our tour guide were great
     5/5  July 2019
We went here on our Honeymoon and we really enjoyed this excursion. There was not a lot of hiking or walking but the Ruins were incredible and our Guide was great for the entire day. He taught us about the Mayan history and what it is like in Mexico today. In addition we stopped at a roadside fruit stand to try pineapple and chili powder which we loved. Would recommend!
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Georgia, US
Best choice to book!!!!
     5/5  August 2019
We wanted to book local not from ship. They gave us water and beer before leaving for the ride to ruins. During ride Eliscio our tour guide explained a bunch of interesting facts to us. Once there the ruins were amazing! He gave us so much info, was a personal photographer for us, even gave us gun that was made from the gun trees. The ruins have a nice amount of shade btw! Anyway, after wards we stopped for fresh pineapple mangos and dragon fruit (the best) with optional chili powder. Each bag of fruit was only $1! Then we stoppped and sampled local habanero sauces and I got some for $2 each but no pressure to buy! Then it was optional if we wanted to go to fishing town of Mahahual but you should go!!! Prettiest beach area, tourist merch and also organic margaritas from Jose in the beach for $5. We got tacos from locals for cheap and honestly this was the BEST part of our cruise!!! Book this one
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Best excursion ever!
     5/5  January 2019
The ruins were phenomenal! Beautiful morning and nice little hike through the jungle. Our guide was great, and shared so much of the culture and people. It was inspiring to learn so much about the Mayan culture.
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get off the boat and enjoy new experiences
     5/5  March 2019
more than expected in all ways, more value tremendous service and great lunch and cooking demo provided by host family. small group in comfortable bus with pleasant and great guide. Keep away from boat tours and meet some real people.
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Wonderful excursion, great experience
     5/5  April 2019
Had a great time on this excursion. Tour guide was excellent, never rushed and learned a lot about the local area. Local food at the ruins and the pineapple from the roadside stand was excellent. Only challenge was finding the meeting spot. It is a ways outside the port marketplace; the 100 yards past the security checkpoint that is referred to on your ticket is outside the compound.
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Fantastic Trip to Chacchoben!
     5/5  March 2019
This was the first excursion we've booked outside of the cruise line so we were very cautious. I can safely say I'll be booking more outside excursions!! We had a little trouble finding the meeting point at first. The description didn't really match where we were going. Head out of the main gate and head towards the replica mayan ruins and you'll see the meeting spot. The people from (the local operator) were fantastic. Our drivers were amazing and the tour of the ruins was well worth the drive. They had plenty of water for us to drink (thankfully!). On our way back, the driver stopped at a roadside stand so we could buy fresh pineapple, mangos and papaya. Never had pineapple with chilli powder before! So good! They dropped us in the town for a couple of hours so we went and had a snack at one of the beach restaurants. (We even picked up a bonus Geocache that we didn't think we'd get!). They picked us up right on time and took us back to the port. I would definitely recommend this excursion! Thanks for making our first trip to Costa Maya enjoyable.
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Amazing day!
     5/5  April 2019
Carlos was a fantastic guide. Very friendly and knowledgeable. The tour was informational and cool to see. Provided water and even stopped at a convenience store if you wanted to buy something for the way there. On the way back they stopped for fresh fruit. Great day!
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Cozumel Playa Mia
Absolutely Fantastic
     5/5  May 2019
I had a wonderful time during this excursion. Our tour guide, I think his name was Elicio, was absolutely fantastic! He told us all about the ancient culture. He even showed us different trees and how they were used. I was thoroughly impressed! We even had a chance to get fresh cut fruits from the local women... we got some really sweet pineapples, mangoes, and papayas!
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Peoria Az
Great tour
     5/5  July 2019
Chacchoben ruins tour was a great day out. Elisio was a great tour guide. He provided great information about the area and culture. Answered questions and insight into their island. Jimor our driver did an excellent job.
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Fun tour
     5/5  August 2019
Our guide was grate and very informative
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Phoenix, AZ
History lesson came to life
     5/5  April 2019
The tour guide drove safely providing history and information of the area during the drive to and from the archaeological site. Once at the ruins, the tour guide guided the group to each structure providing great onsite and history. Hands down a great experience everyone needs to experience. The best part is the price was half the cost of the cruise ship, fraction of the people, and overall great customer service.
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Springfield, MA
Easy to book and safe
     5/5  August 2019
We booked a tour through ShoreExcursioneer. Easy booking process online. The tour itself was safe, well planned out, comfortable, and very educational. Our guide was amazing! He showed us lots of pictures, old artifacts, and maps in pour way to the ruins. Highly recommended it but be careful... It is a lot of walking involved.
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Logan, Utah, US
Awesome excursion
     5/5  December 2019
We had a great time at an affordable price! We had a family of 9 and were happy to be together in a van with just 3 others. The driver was very kind and stopped and helped negotiate buying local pineapple with chili powder. You gotta try it! It was delicious! They also had plenty of cold water for us. The Mayan ruins guide was fabulous as well! Very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. Would definitely recommend these guys!
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     5/5  December 2019
Our guide was super sweet and very informal. I loved seeing the way they lived and learning all the history of everything
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Lake Jackson
Great trip
     5/5  December 2019
We had an excellent guide for Chacchoben Ruins! From the ride to the ruins, throughout the ruins, and from the ride back to the ship, the guide spoke knowledgeably about the area and the ruins. He was very patient with us and never rushed us. Our group was pretty small with around 11 people. We saw other cruise-ship-led excursions with groups of at least 30! I used shoreexcursioneer three times on this cruise and was pleased with everything we did. Sure, I might be able to book an excursion with a local guide without going through shoreexcursioneer for a little bit cheaper but why would I? I trust shoreexcursioneer to find the best, most-reliable and dependable tour operators!
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Parkland, Florida, US
Great tour!
     5/5  December 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience with the company that escorted us to & through the Chaccoben Mayan Ruins. Miriam & Lorenzo were terrific! After we made our way through the Cruise Port area(be sure the follow their instructions)to their office, we were warmly greeted by Miriam who registered us and accompanied us on the mini-bus(there were about 10 of us,) to the site of the ruins. She provided interesting commentary all by the way about the local environment, culture and history. The trip took about an hour. The mini-bus was air-conditioned & comfortable and cold water was provided. Even though it was December, it came in handy! Our driver was also friendly and skilled. Our guide through the ruins was Lorenzo - he was AMAZING!! Extremely knowledgeable about Mayan history, culture, architecture, astronomy, the trees and foliage in the area, everything! He patiently answered all questions & made sure we were safe as we climbed some of the ruins(optional.) There were assistants who accompanied our group with water and a helping hand. Fortunately, there were no mosquitoes that day. We got back to the port (with a very brief stop to buy some locally-grown pineapple)in plenty of time to board our ship. Overall a very enjoyable & educational experience!
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Jonesboro, Ar
Good experience
     4/5  April 2019
It was really interesting. Our guide was very friendly and informative.
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Saint cloud, Florida
So much fun and very educational!
     5/5  November 2018
My family enjoyed this excursion so much! The highlight of this excursion was the pineapple from the ladies on the side of the road. When they ask if you want some, load up! Its amazing, unlike anything we have here in the states.The bus was decent and the ac worked well. Our guide Carlos was so nice and very informed. The ruins were amazing, Carlos was there to help some older guest with the steep stairs, showed us about the different plants and the history. He also made the bus ride fun. This was a great experience!
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great Local tour guides!!
     5/5  July 2018
Support the LOCALS AND take this excursion instead of booking with the ship. Best excursion I have ever done!!! Great history lesson. Excellent tour overall. Don’t forget the bug spray!!!!!
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United States
great tour with great company
     5/5  January 2018
Great tour and company! Tour guide was fantastic and fun. Driver unfriendly never talked to us so it made the 50 minute drive very boring. Stopped for fresh pineapple on the way back. Shore Excursioneer is worth booking with we enjoyed all the tours we booked with them.
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Chacchoben Ruins, Costa Maya
     5/5  March 2018
The ruins are awesome especially since you can climb them & explore. Our guide, Israel, was terrific. He kept us hydrated, plenty of water, the vehicle was a new van & the air conditioning was heaven. Israel bought everyone fresh pineapple on our way back to the port then took us to the beach for shopping & lunch.He was so sweet to us. He even stayed with me when I fell on the 1st ruin & messed up my knee while our tour guide finished the tour for our group. Also, my husband got I'll & did not take the excursion so Mayra did not charge me for his ticket. They are super people. The only thing I would advise besides sun block is Shoreexcursioneer says to meet 100 yards passed the port gate at a building on the right. It is actually at least 200 yards & is at the exit of the parking area. There are rides to take you there, just look for the signs inside the port saying booked tours.
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Great tour
     5/5  December 2018
It has been an interesting tour The guide was competent and professional, as well as the driver We received good explanations, got an idea of the Maya’s world, could taste some local food and even got some time off at the village Everything great
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Key West, FL
Great Experience!
     5/5  August 2018
This was our first tour with Shore Excursioneer. We were very confused looking for the meeting place to start the tour. The directions were a little vague, once we got off the ship. I would recommend a map along with our tickets showing exactly where to go. Since we did not book directly through the cruise line they do not allow the other tour guides on the port property, so you need to exit the entire port onto the street. There we found Carlos and Gimer and our tour began. They have plenty of cold drinks for us waiting. We loaded up in a very comfortable van and started the tour. Carlos was so informative about the island and answered all the questions we asked. He was so kind as to stop along the way and pick up fresh local pineapple for us to try. We also stopped at a local store to pick up some snacks for the kids. Once we got to the Mayans ruins, he was very informative and answered all of our questions. Carlos was very informative about the ruins as was Gimer, carrying around a cooler full of cold waters and umbrellas in case we needed shade. The ruins were very interesting, but there was lots of history along the way also that we learned about. On our way back to the ship we had a little extra time and Carlos and Gimer stopped at a little shop and picked us up fresh, hot homemade tortillas to try! The kids thought that was amazing! We would definitely do this tour again, and we would definitely request Carlos and Gimer as our tour guide and driver! They made the trip great!
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Norwegian Pearl
unique ruins
     5/5  March 2018
great tour of ancient mayan ruins dating back to 400bc. our driver Israel and tour guide Joel were excellent. we even got some fresh pineapple from a road side stand. (tour operator) in Costa Maya is the best.
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One of the best
     5/5  October 2018
It was easy to find the company. Once ya get out of the terminal got to walk to the end. Everyone was so nice and professional and considerate. They really went above and beyond to help or make our trip memorable. We learned so much. So we get there and have time to use the facilities which the location does have a tip jar (normally you have to pay to use help keep up facilities(also no tp in the toilets plumbing is not made to handle that) Our guide Carlo, he told us about the places and answered some questions. We got to have authentic Tamales was super good and the stoos in the side of the road for fresh pineapple I think from the Mayans and the small shop with 1.00 beers. He also took us to town for shopping we got to enjoy a lot more than expected. We loved Costa Maya. (Also get passport stamped at Diamond International)
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United States
Ok Excursion
     3/5  November 2018
it was interesting to be at the site however the kids thought it was a little boring
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Great Time
     5/5  February 2018
We went as a group on this tour. (The local operator) did an excellent job making us comfortable and giving us a lot of information about the Mayan Culture. Our guide, Carlos, was wonderful. He made sure we saw all of the highlight of the ruins and explained a lot. The crew made sure we always had enough water as it was warm outside. Make sure you bring bug spray. We did and we didn't have any problems. After seeing the ruins they took us to the Beach for a little over an hour where we shopped and ate and put our feet in the water. We were back in plenty of time to walk around the shops in the port and board the ship without feeling rushed. We enjoyed the whole experience!
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     5/5  March 2018
Flawless excursion, awesome host, spectacular experience! How can you say more? Great prices and an outstanding site.
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