Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben

Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben

Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben
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Larry R
Indio, CA454 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Drove there by car rental from Tulum. Fairly easy to find. Entry fee is 65 pesos pp, but beware they don't offer to give any change. We had to purchase a snack from vendor to get sufficient change to pay admission fee. You can purchase a guide for up to 4 people for $40 USD. The vendors only accept USD, and souvenirs are over priced from what we've encountered elsewhere. Apparent a large percentage of their tourists come from cruise ships docking in Costa Maya. If you haven't been to Mayan ruins the cost of a guide is probably worth it. Nice pathway, some of it replicating Mayan roads. Several large buildings. Got to see several spyder monkeys while walking through the ruins. Worth the experience to see what ancient Mayans were able to create.
Written 10 January 2020
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Raffaele
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Had a great time with Juan and Carlos driving us to Chacchoben Mayan Park. The trip took about 45 minutes, we had drinks and a.c. van. Very relaxed and safe. The guided tour by Carlos was informative and educational about the region and the people who live in the area. Pineapple is the crop of choice in the area and most people work in the fields. The walk at the park was nice, relaxed and everyone had a nice time walking around and taking pictures. We got to climb up the sides of the temples and it was all very easy. We did the exclusive tour it means a smaller group of less than 12 guest.
Written 21 July 2022
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Linda L
Springfield, NJ629 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been to other ruins but Chacchoben was terrific since it is so new. Only a portion of the pyramids have been excavated so it was very interesting to see in this state. Bring the bug spray. There is a small shopping market at the entrance along with a refreshment stand.
Written 6 June 2005
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
There are 3 outstanding sights you should see while your cruise ship is docked at Costa Maya port: Chacchoben ruins, Bacalar lagoon (7 blue lagoon) and Mahahual beach.
Here, I'll give precise tips how to do all 3 in 7 hours, based on our great experience from Jan 2020.
First advice is do NOT book via your ship or third party - DO it yourself: you'll save a lot of money, see more and have comfort over your time.
- on the Costa Maya docking date get up early, have your breakfast and bring with you beverages from the ship (suppose you have a drink package paid),
- be among the first to disembark the ship (this is important for later crowds at the archeological site),
- skip (just walk through) the whole Costa Maya port. It's a pretty big labyrynth style shopping area, built in Mayan theme-park like houses with inflated prices catered to cruising passangers. You can visit it on your way back when embarking the ship if you want,
- ignore the taxi drivers inside the port, they're more expensive,
- walk to the port gates and ramp and exit, there're plenty of taxi drivers waiting,
- haggle with them for day hire, telling the route you want: Chacchoben-Bacalar laggon-Mahahual beach, ask 7,8 of them until you reach a favorable offer,
- to have a picture - their offer is around 200$, we managed to negotiate 140$ (paying is at the END of the tour),
- first stop is Chacchoben archeological site (around 40 min drive). Here you have to pay taxi's parking fee 8$, plus 6$ pp entry fee. You can opt for a guide (30$), but no need, you'll see them around and can put your ear close to hear the story, moreover there are few explanation plaques,
- we reached the ruins at around 9.30 AM, almost the only one there (therefore is getting up early important). Count on around hour and a half for visit. The site is great, like Chichen Itza on a much smaller scale, but in a lush jungle. The driver waits you on the parking lot,
- when exiting around 11 AM huge crowds, no parking space, no place for pics with noone around (see my pics and get up early),
- second stop Bacalar lagoon - the 7 blue lake color lagoon (slightly more than an hour drive from the ruins). 2 hrs free time - terrific swim in crystal lake water, rent a kayak (10$ only),
- third and last stop is Mahahual beach (less than an hour from the lagoon) - more relax time before embarking (see my reviews on that page).
All the drivers we spoke to (haggled) were very nice, not pushy. That was also the case with our Xavi, very honest and decent man, only downside he didn't speak English, but we made it on our poor Spanish. At the end when paying we tipped him extra 10, so rounded the whole trip to 150$ - real bargain.
Do not be afraid, do that trip on your own and have a great time with no rush for much less money and in your own comfort without groups.
For your info, only Chacchoben (WITHOUT Bacalar and the beach) costs 119$ pp if booking via ship.
Written 1 March 2020
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Elaine H
Syracuse, IN108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Couples
The shore excursion to the Chacchoben Ruins was the best shore excursion of our cruise. Our guide Daniel came armed with many show-and-tell items, an extensive knowledge of history, and a great sense of humor. The ruins are awesome and are accessed by a walk through a lovely Mexican forest. You can climb up the bottom 1/4 of most of the structures. We were treated to a monkey swinging in a tree. And, we concluded our tour with fresh pineapple seasoned with salt, hot pepper, and lime juice--tasty!
Written 22 January 2013
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Marilyn540
Saint Louis, MO113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Couples
While on the Norweigen Spirit, we stopped in Costa Maya. On the advice of earlier travelers' reviews on TripAdvisor, we had booked a tour through Native Choice Tours. After a short walk to the pier, we boarded a very new Toyota van for the drive to the ruins. (Only 10 people.) Joel, a local man, was our guide. His pride of his people and country made the trip extra enjoyable. Joel provided water at the start of our trip and then bottles of water were brought to us while walking around the ruins. A very considerate touch. It was warm, middle to upper 80's, but can get much warmer in the summer. We didn't have a bug problem, but understand the summer brings out the critters. After our tour, we were taken to a Mayan village for lunch. We were taught how to make tortillas and the Donas baked them in front of us on a wood burning stove. They turned them with their bare hands! We were treated to an absolutely delicious lunch - a chicken dish with a "lick the plate good" sauce, beans, rice, and vegetables. Flan and a honey dipped doughnut type pastry was the dessert. I HIGHLY recommend this trip! Joel thanked us for taking a local trip, which helps the economy of the local people rather than the cruise ships. It was very easy to book online and they were very careful to get us back to the pier on time. We had time to spare. Don't be nervous about taking a local trip!!!!
Written 5 March 2012
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adjourney
Bardstown, KY48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited Costa Maya via the Carnival Dream the week of 8 Mar 2010 and booked our Chacchoben Mayan Ruin Tour with The Native Choice (http://www.thenativechoice.com/chacchoben_ruins.php). These tour company was very well organized and our tour guide (David) was AWESOME! We had a short but very scenic walk out to the gathering spot just outside the main port plaza. Two young ladies met us, collected our remaining balance, put wrist bands on us and then we boarded very nice (new) air conditioned vans for a 1 hour drive to Chacchoben. We were provided bottle water upon boarding the van and then after arrival at the site given the opportunity for a bathroom break. The best part of our tour was our guide David. He truly made us feel welcome and was very informative on the region and the Mayan culture. We walked through the site all the while listening intently to David as he dazzled us with his abundant knowledge. This site is clean, well cared for and completely safe. The whole site is a "Kodak" moment and you are not rushed through. At the end of the tour make sure you walk up those 31 stairs because there are two more pyramids that I felt were the best. After a short walk back to the parking lot we then boarded a full size air conditioned bus and rode in complete comfort back to the port where we had plenty of time to do some additional exploring and shopping. You cannot go wrong with Native Choice, we recommend this tour for the folks who want to save a little money and get a better excursion than a ship booked one.
Written 16 March 2010
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Stephanie L
Cincinnati, OH174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Couples
My husband and I went to Chacchoben as one of our excursions when we went on a cruise. This stop ended up being our favorite tour for the whole cruise! The guides were fantastic and gave us lots of information. The ruins were spectacular and you were able to climb on them and explore on your own. The walk through the park was beautiful and we got excellent pictures.
Written 3 May 2013
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Lajames59
Evans, CO19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
We booked this excursion through the Carnival Sunshine. With a very short day in Costa Maya, we felt that this would be geared to the ship time and ours. We queued up at the end of the pier and had a short wait while a bus was prepared. The drive to the ruins is about 45 minutes. Our guide (Jesus Rivero) was outstanding. He talked about the people of the region, the culture, and hopes for the future. Jesus was a very interesting man and well educated. He also seems to be a person that is doing what he can to improve his country. He told us that he had won two national awards for recycling - those small coconuts that were in all the trees and covering the ground are being made into jewelery and may end up in Pier One by the end of the year.

Once there, we had a chance to purchase water, food, use the restroom etc. before walking to the ruins. Of course, it was hot and humid as July is part of the rainy season. We had bug spray and used it but, the bugs did not seem to be too terrible.

The site was spectacular. One of the things that we (there were 8 of us with ages ranging from 13-57) found to be most interesting is not just how much has been excavated but how much more has not been touched. There are many ruins that are still covered with dirt, trees, and leaves that haven't even been worked on. Most of this is lack of interest by the archeologist world and lack of money in the region. While it leaves a lot to the imagination, it is pretty cool to see things untouched or less developed.

On the bus ride back to the port, we got a snack (chips, cookies, and a drink). It wasn't a lot but, being on a cruise ship we weren't too concerned about missing a meal.

Also, there was fresh pineapple available to sample and purchase. It was served in a plastic cup with lime juice and salt or lime juice and spicy pepper. This was a hit!

We really enjoyed this excursion a lot.
Written 14 July 2014
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Ted B
Annapolis221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have visited many Mayan sites i.e. Chichen Itza, Tikal, Coba, Tulum and others. Chacchoben was totally different and a surprise. We arrived at the port on Royal Caribbeans "Grandeur of the Seas". Took the tour to the ruins--about 4.5 hrs roundtrip total. Great bus drive, nice comfortable bus--with Luis as our guide--very knowledgeable.
It was a good highway trip--well maintained, well guarded against any trouble by troops. When we arrived after an hour, parked and toured the reception area etc..went on the site tour. It was large, well developed, maintained, and impressive. The most impressive for me was the farther site which was a large built up base--approx 1 acre with a large 30ft wall. On top of this the Mayans built 2 pyramids which were well developed and maintained. You are not allowed to climb the pyramids any more. I guess a tourist must have fallen off one of the main site ones at Chichen--I'm told. The Mayans had city states like Greece--not one empire--so each city state was different. You will enjoy this visit. It was also breezy and pleasant.
Written 14 November 2010
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