- 3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
When your cruise ship docks in the port of Costa Maya, embark on a 3.5-hour shore excursion to Chacchoben. Explore the ancient Mayan city, where mysterious pyramids and temples remained hidden until the late 20th century! Your informative guide will tell you about the original occupants of this significant archeological site, as well as the native animals – including toucans and jaguars – that inhabit the surrounding jungle. Round-trip transport by air-conditioned vehicle included.
Our groups are small to ensure pesonalized attention.
- All entrance fees included
- Get inside tips from a local
- Ideal choice for families
- Local English- and Spanish-speaking guide
- Bottled water and soda
- Port pickup and drop-off
- Worry-free Shore Excursion guarantee
- All Fees and Taxes
- Entry/Admission - Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben
Traveler pickup is offered
Our tours usually start one hour after disembark time of your cruise ship. You will receive a message with an specific start time.
Costa Maya Port, Mexico
Tour coincides with your cruise ship's arrival
Returns to original departure point
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben, Chacchoben, Yucatan Peninsula
Ancient maya city surrounded by unspoiled jungle
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
My family and I just returned from our cruise. We took the Chacchoben excursion with Mayan Tours. Our tour guide Coral was amazing. She was awesome! We even stopped for fresh pineapple
This shore excursion was truly amazing and so much better than doing the same tour off of the cruise ship. It was a small group of 9 people and was less costly than the cruise ship. I feel like our group received attention that we would have not received on a large tour. Thank you Roberto for an amazing day!
Lovely tour with Robert as our guide. The ruins are interesting and you can climb some of them. The paths are flat although a bit rocky. I would recommend close- toed sturdy shoes. The office is NOT in the fabricated "village" at the port - walk past all those tour operators, pool and tourist shops following exit signs to the city. It is in about a block or two outside the village. Viator sent us two emails that stated the tour start coincides with the ship's arrival (7:30 local time on our royal Caribbean ship). Mayan Trips did send their own email about two weeks prior stating the tour was at 9:00 local time. However Viator sent out a reminder a day or two before (we were already on the cruise with no good way to contact them to clarify) stating again it coordinated with the ship's docking. Not wanting to miss it, we hauled ourselves and grandparents off the ship super-early to be there, only to find the tour was indeed at 9:00. They don't leave as soon as a van fills or anything - it is a set time. Viator should do a better job at communicating the correct time to their customers. I think the email they sent is probably a default one but we had no way of knowing. The hour-long wait was not unpleasant as the day was nice and they offered us cold water. Besides that little hiccup, the tour itself was great and we enjoyed our time with Robert. Very knowledgeable and informative tour, water and sodas provided, as well as delicious fresh pineapple on the ride home. Would recommend!
We were a family of 9 visiting the port while on a cruise. Finding the location of the tour company was a little challenging. It's important to note that the port shopping area is huge and you just need to keep walking until you get out of the port area and the tour company is on the left right before the gated area. Once we arrived, we waited for another group before departing within 30 minutes. The ride to the ruins takes about an hour. Roberto, our guide, began his VERY INFORMATIVE hour long recitation shortly after departing. It's clear Roberto has done his homework and is very adept at Mayan history. His English was very good and I didn't have any trouble understanding him and learned a lot about the history and culture of the Mayan people. The ruins were great. It's unfortunate they are closed off to climbing, but understandable given the damage that can be done. Roberto continued with his history lesson at the site as we walked along. At the end, we visited the gift shop which also had snacks and tamales available for purchase. On our return, we stopped on the side of the road and Roberto purchased us some fresh pineapple and chili powder. YUMMMOOOO!! Rocky, our driver did a great job getting us to and from the ruins. Thank you to Rocky and Roberto for a wonderful trip! Highly recommend.
We had a wonderful adventure on our excursion to the Chacchoben Ruins Roberto was our guide and he was so very nice and extremely knowledgeable of Mayan culture and history. We were treated to natural chewing gum like the Mayan's harvested from the trees. We were excited to see monkeys (including a mother with baby in tow) swinging from trees at the ruins and learn about the cannibal tree. We stopped on the trip back by a local fruit stand and were treated to fresh pineapple-Roberto suggested we try them with chili powder and I did and was pleasantly surprised! We also stopped for a one hour beach visit at the Blue Kay Beach and enjoyed a beer and some shopping as well as a beautiful crystal clear beach. This was a lovely excursion, full of fun and we learned a great deal about the culture of the Mayans and the history of Costa Maya. I would definitely recommend you try it!
After the short walk from the cruise dock, we were greeted by friendly and accommodating staff at the tour office. Roberto was very knowledgeable about the Mayan culture, the ruins at Chacchoben, and the local culture as well. Our trip was enjoyable and interesting. After the ruins, we stopped for local fresh pineapple with chili powder, a treat! Beverages were provided in the air conditioned van to and from the ruins. I'm glad we took this tour and avoided a huge group tour and the touristy shops at the cruise dock. Thank you for a great day in Costa Maya.
ruins are nice and interesting but our guide was the best, great knowledge , nice personality and we had a great time !!!
Excellent tour. Robert, our driver/tour director was very knowledgeable and knew the Mayan history. I would recommend this tour to any group traveling to Costa Maya.
Everyone enjoyed this excursion. Roberto, Alma and Mike made this very worthwhile. Despite the busy season we felt like we were able to see everything we wanted to. There are a couple of areas of high steps that older family members could not manage with their bad knees but they were still happy with the excursion. There are places to eat and shop if you want. We were treated to roadside pineapple...a delicious finish to a great trip
Our excursion was scheduled to depart at 9:30 AM, after our cruise ship arrived in port. We arrived at the meeting place before 9 AM. The person who greeted us turned out to be the tour guide. Since no one else had signed up for the tour, we departed at 9:00. We had a private tour with a knowledgeable guide, who took special care of us. His English was not the best, but we were able to communicate with him without problems.Seeing the ruins was great ans he gave us the history behind the site.
Excelente excursion! nos recibieron con una botella de agua, estaban bien organizados y durante el viaje Dioniso nuestro guia/ tour guide nos dio datos historicos de los mayas. Nos dieron la opcion de parar en un mariposario gratis y de regreso nos dieron piña y otra fruta que era un fruto de un captus muy buena, sabia como a kiwi. Definitivamente los recomiendo.
This was an enjoyable and informative excursion to Chacchoben. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, he shared stories and facts with us not only while at the ruins, but also on the drive. The vans were comfortable, air-conditioned and stocked with cool drinks. I highly recommend this tour!.
We had a great time seeing the Ruins and the butterfly farm. We did this tour while on NCL Getaway. The kids had a blast and we learned a lot about Mayan ruins and culture. The tour guide Roberto was fantastic and knew more than others when we have done similar tours. Would highly recommend this tour.
Our tour guide Roberto was highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic throughout. We never once felt pressured to tip or take part in anything we didn't want to. This was the perfect excursion and soooooo much better than being herded around like cattle as part of a group from the cruise ship. Make sure you try the pineapple dipped in chili pepper bought from a local vendor - most amazing pineapple I have ever tasted!
We enjoyed our cruise stop at Costa Maya, a port built to encourage business in south Yucatan. The port makes you go through a maze of vendors...then we found our tour guide. Roberto was very knowledgeable about Mayan history, Pepe was a safe and careful driver. The Toyota van was new and had AC. We stopped at a butterfly farm, rustic and nice. The Chacchoben ruins were wonderful, some climbed with permission. We were lucky to have a nice breeze, and no mosquitos. On our way back to the port, we were treated to some fresh pineapple slices from a roadside vendor-delicious! The van cooler was stocked with water and cold beverages...all in all. a very nice tour experience.
This tour is the best of all shore excursions we had on our cruise and the only we booked via Viator.
The rest of the tours are through the cruise company.
Juan Carlos is highly knowledgeable and went above and beyond his duty to make our tour fun and enjoyable.
This was an excellent tour. The guide was interested in photography and knew all the best places to get photos. He was very knowledgeable and patient. We saw the ruins and the town. Well satisfied and a good value