Chacchoben Ruins Tour

Costa Maya's favourite excursion

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Adults Ages 13+


Children Ages 6-12


Infants 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 this vibrant ceremonial center 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: $58.00 Ages 13 years old or older
Child: $48.00 Ages 6 to 12 years old
Infant: Free! Ages 5 years old or under
Rates are in US Dollars.
We accept up to two infants free of charge per family, child rate will apply beyond that.

What's included

  • Round transportation
  • English speaking guide *Disponible en EspaƱol
  • Entrance fees to Chacchoben
  • Tickets to the ruins site
  • Guided tour
  • Bottled water

Not included

  • Copyright fee for video recording at the ruins site
  • Gratuities for guides/drivers

Tour Duration
4 hours

Departure times
Daily departures with limited availability on Christmas and New Year's day.
Earliest departure for cruise ship guests is one hour after the ship docks, later departures may be available if ship's time in port allows.

Tour departure point
This tour departs from The Native Choice Kiosk, a few steps outside the port. Tour confirmations include easy to follow directions, contact numbers and a map.

Be aware

In Costa Maya the port is privately owned and controlled by the cruise lines. Local companies aren't allowed to pick up guests nor have representatives there.

Services and excursions at the port are sponsored by the cruise lines, anyone planning to use any local service must expect to leave the port to find their service provider.

Payment information
A deposit of $18.00USD per person is required to confirm spaces for this tour, balance payment will be required at check-in.
Deposits are fully refundable if for any reason your cruise ship doesn't call port at all in Costa Maya.
Online payment of the reservation total or remaining balance is possible within 21 days (3 weeks) before the tour.

Booking fee
We don't charge booking fees nor any other extra fees.

Cancellation policy
48 hours before the tour to avoid a $18.00USD per person fee.

Level of exertion
This is a walking tour suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and health. Participants must be comfortable with outdoors and be able to walk on trails under the jungle expecting a few rocks and roots along the way.

This tour operates rain or shine.

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 and drones aren't allowed into the site.

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

Chacchoben Ruins Tour timetable

This tour is completed in 4 hours

50 min

Travel time from Costa Maya to Chacchoben.

10 min

Break to use facilities at Chacchoben

1 hr 50 min

Guided tour of the ruins.

20 min

Shopping time

50 min

Travel time from Chacchoben to Costa Maya.

Chacchoben Ruins Tour additional 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, restricted areas are roped off.

This tour isn't very strenuous and doesn't include walking uphill. 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. Guests with difficulties to walk can explore Chacchoben at a slow pace, the paths and trails have been leveled and climbing is optional. We offer collapsible chairs, wheelchairs and umbrellas that we can bring on the tour if notified in advance but before you reserve contact us to check if our availability allows accommodation for slow walkers or anyone using a wheelchair.

Chacchoben Ruins site has a service area that includes clean bathrooms, a cafeteria and shopping area. Credit cards aren't accepted and you should expect expensive prices on basically everything.

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!

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