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Itinerary
Meet your driver at the port of Casa Maya and begin your archeological odyssey to the ruins of Chacchoben. Travel comfortably in an air-conditioned minivan, sipping complimentary bottled water for 45-minutes until your reach your intriguing destination in the heart of the verdant jungle. Greet your professional archeologist guide and circumvent the site as the significance of the city’s excavated temples, pointed pyramids and ancient walls is explained. 
Gain insight into the mysteries of the Mayans as your guide unravels the history of a civilization that dates back to the pre-Classic period of 200BC; hear about how the ruins were discovered by local farmers in 1970 and learn about the complex archeological techniques employed to excavate the structures. Note the red pigment used to decorate the temples and decipher the enigmatic hieroglyphics at the base of the principal pyramid. 
Immerse yourself in the atmospheric splendor of the jungle as you awaken your senses to the sights and sounds of nature. Identify fascinating flora and fauna as your guide shares insightful knowledge, listening and looking out for howler monkeys, toucans, armadillos, spider monkeys and gray foxes. Gasp as you learn of the nearby presence of jaguars, pumas and tapirs. 

Peruse the gift shop for special souvenirs before returning to the port in your comfortable and air-conditioned transportation. 

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.

Locations visited
Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben
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Overview
Disembark your cruise ship at the port of Casa Maya and embark on a 3.5-hour shore excursion to the ancient Mayan city of Chacchoben. Discover the mystifying archeological site as you admire colossal pyramids and sacred temples that were only discovered in the late 20th century. Experience the diverse wildlife of the surrounding jungle as your knowledgeable guide offers a captivating commentary of the atmospheric ruins. A round-trip in an air-conditioned minivan is included in the tour.
Highlights
  • 3.5-hour sightseeing shore excursion of Chacchoben from Costa Maya
  • Drive deep into the jungle where the Mayan city once lay buried under foliage
  • Walk around the archeological ruins of Chacchoben
  • See several reconstructed temple pyramids and a stela with Mayan hieroglyphics
  • Spot native plants and animals like howler monkeys and armadillos
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Reviewed yesterday
Great Excursions with Amazing guides!!!

Shore Excursioneer was amazing.  I was a little worried due to the range of ratings we saw online but everything was perfect! We did one excursion in Costa Maya (the Chacchoben Mayan Ruin tour) and one in Cozumel (the Jeep tour). It was me, my...More

Thank danno2882
Reviewed 6 days ago
Excellent Tour of Mayan Ruins

This tour was excellent. Our guide, Lisbeth, was very knowledgable about the ruins. On our way to the ruins she explained everything we were going to see and showed maps of what it looked like in its original form, etc. Once there, she gave us...More

Thank KarenErg
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile
Spectacular experience!

We had a little bit of trouble finding the meet up place but they waited for us with ice cold water in an air-conditioned van. Guss was our tour guide and he was outgoing, friendly, informative, and funny! We stopped at a wonderful sanctuary where...More

1  Thank Laura M
Reviewed 29 May 2018
Great Trip.Well worth your time.

The trip was above what i expected. The tour guide was good. Took the time to explain the history of the Ruins. I would definetly recomend this trip. The group is smaller than alot of the big tour lines.

2  Thank John T
Reviewed 1 May 2018
Maya Ruins

This was an excellent trip. Be prepared to walk a bit and sweat a whole lot, it is very hot away from the coast. The bus trip there takes about an hour. The driver did a good job and our guide was a very educated...More

1  Thank Edward A
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