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    3 hours 30 min
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  • Round trip transportation from your cruise ship terminal area in Costa Maya!
  • Air conditioned, fully licensed and insured transportation!
  • English speaking certified guides!
  • 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 shore excursion guide will be giving you lots of information about the Mayans, the Chacchoben ruins and Mexico. You will ride in air-conditioned comfort on 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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Costa Maya Chacchoben Mayan Ruins Excursion Reviews

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.


22 Reviews

great Local tour guides!!
     5/5 Visited 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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Chacchoben Ruins, Costa Maya
     5/5 Visited 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 with great company
     5/5 Visited 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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Mayan tour
     5/5 Visited January 2016
excellent experience from the moment we checked in!!!
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Twin Cities
Chacchoben Place of the Red Corn
     5/5 Visited May 2016
Step Back in time to imagine what Mayan Culture in Chacchoben was between to 200-700 AD. Our informative guide Gus helped make the Chacchoben come alive with talk of the era, culture and ways of the Mayan society. He was warm, friendly and knowledgeable. Making the community life so real from the temple to the community areas. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole tour and had plenty of time to explore. Our driver Oz brought cold bottled water to our last place on the walking tour which was much appreciated. Thank you Shore Excursioneer for this high quality affordable option for Cruisers to participate in local culture.
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Cool ruins
     5/5 Visited August 2013
I have been to the ruins at Tulum and Chichen Itza on previous vacations. The ruins at Chacchoben were great! There are no giant crowds and the grounds around the ruins are beautiful. Do not forget to take your camera!
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Key West, FL
Great Experience!
     5/5 Visited 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 Visited 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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     5/5 Visited March 2018
Flawless excursion, awesome host, spectacular experience! How can you say more? Great prices and an outstanding site.
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Great Time
     5/5 Visited 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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West Virginia
Wonderful Excursion
     5/5 Visited December 2017
While looking for short excursions to do in Mexico, we discovered this one. It was an amazing experience. So much more than we expected. Joel is a fantastic tour guy with lots of knowledge about the Chacchoben Ruins. I highly recommend this tour!
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Orchard Park, Ny
was very happy
     5/5 Visited December 2017
This was my first time using this site. It was a little hard to find out where the tour started. We had to go past the security guards at the port. There were 6 of us on the tour. Carlos was our guide. He made the trip very enjoyable. He was well informed and spent time on the drive telling us about the area and the people. My daughter had toured Tulum earlier in the week. She said that this tour was so much better. Her guide had not been as talkative or enthusiastic as Carlos.
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Mobile, Alabama
Awesome Trip!! Ask for Joel- he was Great!
     5/5 Visited November 2017
My husband and I wanted to tour the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins on our recent visit to Costa Maya on our cruise. We wanted a more private tour than what you can get through the cruise line. I researched and priced a more private tour through the cruise line that ran between $250-$290 USD for the 2 of us. With a little more research I found this tour! This was the best excursion I have been on and was 1/3 the price of the cruise line for both of us! We were met outside the port as described in our email confirmation. The security officer at the port was very nice and confirmed our directions as well. Once arriving at the meeting location we were greeted by Joel. Who had nice cold bottled water for us and we proceeded to be checked in. We waited about 10 minutes for another couple to arrive. Once they were checked in, we got in our nice Air Conditioned Van and met our driver Antoine. Joel was our guide for the day and he was wonderful! He pointed out things of interest along the way to Chacchoben Mayan Ruins. Joel kept us engaged throughout the ride,so the 45 minute drive seemed shorter for sure. He pointed out several villages, including the one he lives in. Beverages offered throughout entire excursion from Joel and Antoine. Joel took us throughout the ruins and did a great job teaching us the history of the site and the history of the Mayan people. There were several large cruise line groups at the time we were there, Joel did a wonderful job keeping us ahead of the groups so we were able to get awesome pictures without other people in them. But we were Not rushed at all!! We even saw some monkeys- Joel pointed out a little baby monkey as well. On our way back we stopped for delicious pineapple on the roadside, make sure you try it with the spicy seasoning. It's excellent, not that spicy. It was very easy to understand Joel throughout the trip. Overall it was a wonderful experience! We basically had a private and very educational tour of the Ruins. There were a total of 4 tourist in our group- myself, my husband, and another married couple. I can not say enough great things about Joel, Antoine, and Costa Maya. If you are in the area, check them out- you won't regret it!! Thanks for a wonderful time Joel and Antoine!!!
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Awesome and educational!
     4/5 Visited March 2017
Joel was a very knowledgeable guide. The drive there he told us about to local culture, food, animals and how the port has changed the area. He was very knowledgeable about the Mayan culture and ruins. The whole trip was great!
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Lewiston, ID
Beautiful grounds & scenery
     3/5 Visited January 2017
The transportation was clean and air conditioned and they were very aware of the time frame we were under to get back to the ship. The only reason my review isn't a 5 star review was because our guide did not speak English very well. He was incredibly hard to understand and would put people on the spot "testing" them on the information he gave us. Our entire group maybe only understood about 1/3 of what he said. He was funny and he tried very hard, but just didn't have the language down well enough. Otherwise the tour was beautiful, took many photos!
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AZ and CO
Very good
     5/5 Visited November 2016
Wrote a detailed description about how good this trip was and lost it when trying to show a picture. Good value, good guide, Carlos, got more that we expected and it was half the price of the ship excursion. Worth the time and money. Gkids 7-17 even enjoyed it.
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Very informative
     4/5 Visited October 2016
This was a fun excursion. I loved all the ruins and the information that was given. However, our guides English was not the best. I wish his English was a little bit better. There were times we had to guess what he was saying as his English was very broken. The guides made sure we were hydrated and when the tour was over gave us the option of going back to the port or taking us to the beach.
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Good guide, nice site.
     4/5 Visited May 2016
We met the guides just out of the port and headed with a minibus to Chacchoben with other customers. The guide explained us a lot of things during the 50' easy trip. The ruins site is well maintained and again our guide very professional in running the tour. Before leaving on the way back to the ship we had the chance to do some shopping. Everything fine, I do recommend.
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Collierville, TN
Great Excurion
     5/5 Visited January 2016
My husband, 2 set of friend couples, and myself were on a cruise to Costa Maya and did this excursion while we were there. It was a great one!!!!! Our guide, GUS and Carmen were wonderful. We stopped for fresh pineapple and corn bread (which was so moist) and also tamales. Gus was full of information. It was nice that our group was just the six of us. If you have a chance to do this excursion, please do.
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Gainesville, Florida
     4/5 Visited December 2015
The guides were very attentive. Stopped for fresh free pineapple along the way. Made sure we were comfortable. Got to see some of the island along the trip. Spent alot of time with us at the ruins. The guide, whose mother owned the company, was very nice and took us from the fishing village back to the cruise ship early.
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Raleigh, NC
Loved it
     5/5 Visited March 2015
We booked excursion for group of 24 with half of them being kids and service is excellent. Note that you would need to get out of the port to meet the guide and from there we have been very well taken care of.
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Don't miss this one
     5/5 Visited August 2013
When researching what do to do in Costa Maya for our cruise, I read about the Chacchoben ruins and decided this is what I wanted to see. I was impressed with the tour from start to finish. This was really one of the best excursions I have done. The group was small and not like the "cattle call" giant excursion from the cruise ship. It was a hot day but there were so many shady trees that the heat did not bother us. My only complaint is that I did not bring my bug spray as the website suggested. There were a few mosquitoes but a fellow traveler let me use hers. I highly recommend this trip.
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Treelo20Key West, FL
August 2018
great Local tour guides!!
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