Costa Maya

Chacchoben Mayan Ruins from Costa Maya

Badge of ExcellenceCosta Maya, Mexico
Excursions to Chacchoben Maya Ruins
  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


This small-group tour of the Chacchoben Maya Ruins—one of the most popular attractions near Costa Maya—also offers an optional trip to a beach club. Meet your guide near the port in Costa Maya and head out to the archeological site, which you’ll explore for roughly 1.5 hours. On the return journey, stop at a beach club at Playa Mahahual (optional) before drop-off.
  • A small-group tour of the Chacchoben Maya Ruins
  • Explore the ancient temples and other structures with a guide
  • Stop at a beach club on the way back to Costa Maya (optional)
  • Hassle-free round-trip transportation from Costa Maya

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bottled water
  • Soda/Pop
  • Licensed Tour Guide
  • After the ruins, an additional 90 minutes on Mahahual beach with the facilities included (optional)
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Av. P.º del Puerto 1286, 77976 Mahahual, Q.R., Mexico

    After disembarking your ship proceed to find the parking lot. There we have transportation with our logo and one of our drivers can take you to our office. Oh, if you like, you can go directly to our office, we are outside the port, one block ahead on the left side of the Mayan Pyramid replica.

Pickup point

  • Costa Maya | Cruise Port
    Av. P.º del Puerto, 77976 Mahahual, Q.R., Mexico

Start time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

Opening hours

  • 3/8/2020 - 5/13/2025

    Monday - Sunday : 06:00 AM - 06:00 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Our excursions start half an hour after your ship docks. The meeting point is in the parking lot of the port, where there are large buses, taxis and golf carts. There we have a shuttle that can bring you directly to our office. Just ask for Toucan Tours.

What To Expect

Make your way to the meeting place, just one block away from the Costa Maya Port at Mahahual, where you will board an air-conditioned vehicle with bottled water and soft drinks for the ride to Chacchoben. Dating to 200 BC, Chacchoben is one of the least explored Mayan sites in Mexico.

At the archeological site, you’ll have around 1.5 hours to walk around to see the important structures and temples at the site, with a licensed guide to provide more background information and deeper insights on the ruins, Mayan culture, and the flora and fauna in the surrounding jungle.

On the way back, you’ll have the option to spend time at a beach club with amenities at Playa Mahahual before being dropped off near the cruise port.

Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Playa Mahahual

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Consider bringing along sunblock and insect repellent.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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587 reviews
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Good time
Kimberly_B, Apr 2024
It was a great tour, but we were unable to do the beach break due to time. That’s only reason for 4 stars.
great place to see mayan ruins
Heath_L, Apr 2024
The tour was conducted by guides that knew the area and shared interesting information. It was a small group so no overcrowding. They allowed time to explore. You can climb up a little ways on the ruins so that was fun. The monkeys were fun to watch swinging in the trees. They provided water and ac van/bus. We enjoyed it.
Great way to see the ruins
Anonymous, Apr 2024
The ruins are wonderful and our tour guide was engaging and fairly knowledgeable. The van was comfortable. The beach area was expensive and limited, but the water was beautiful.
tammy_s, Apr 2024
Very loooong walking tour.....& Long drive in bus. Location was well groomed, and clean Our TourGuide was very knowledgeable about the Ruins as well as the culture. Overall, though, it was anticlimactic at best.
Well worth it at any price
Andrew_G, Apr 2024
The guide was amazing, most of our tour was bilingual which was even better because we got the tour in English and Spanish. He Was very knowledgeable and entertaining
Frustrated and disappointed
gerry2000ph, Apr 2024
Did not get to take it. Meeting point was too far from the ship….took a lot of asking where the way is to port exit. 40 minutes of walking and have not seen it. They should assign someone by the entrance from cruise ship to guide. We are so disappointed and wasted my miney.
Amazing! Thanks Jean Carlos!
Amber_P, Apr 2024
It was an absolutely amazing tour! Jean Carlos, Eliseo, and Julio did an amazing job of getting us to the ruins, giving us Mayan history as well as cultural observances still in effect today, and making it fun! Jean Carlos is hilarious and even my kids (12 and 8) had a blast listening to him and learning about his culture. The ONLY reason I give it 4 instead of 5 stars is because the transportation doesn’t have the best AC and we were hotter on the bus than in the open air, and they actually ran out of waters and the last 8-10 people to the boat didn’t get waters after hiking up the ruins and walking around. They DID stop for more water on the way back, but I had a migraine at that point from the heat so the water only did so much. I would still highly recommend this to anyone! Do know that most of the tour is very flat, but is on a gravel/sandy road so if balance or uneven ground is an issue then maybe reconsider.
Chacchoben Yes!
Jennifer_H, Apr 2024
Our guide was super knowledgeable and funny! Our group was small so it made it so much better. Our only hiccup was waiting at the port for the other guests to arrive. Made us rush the excursion. Otherwise pretty solid adventure!
Our tour guide Carlos at...
Jordan_B, Apr 2024
Our tour guide Carlos at the ruins is good and knowledgeable. However, tour agency made us wait a long time for other groups to join then we had to wait again at the ruins site for other groups to join. We ended up didn’t have time to stop at beach club which was half of the planned tour.
Wonderful Port Excursion
Arlene_R, Apr 2024
The Tour guide was friendly and showed us extra Ruins and the beach stop was a plus. We were happy we booked this!
Fun time!!
Becky_D, Apr 2024
We had a very enjoyable time! The guide was wonderful, very knowledgeable, talkative and humorous. The climbing was a little strenuous for people our age but we were glad we got to see everything!!
summer_s, Apr 2024
The driver and guide was nice; however the tour was mid and felt very rushed. We were power walking throughout the tour with a few minutes allotted for pictures. There were other tours going on at the same time as ours. I noticed that the energy of the other guides seemed more upbeat, captivating and enthusiastic when sharing their Mayan knowledge with their groups. Our guide told us some things about the Mayans but nothing memorable. We ended up using google during the tour to get a better understanding of what we were viewing. And we had to quickly use it before we started walking to the next destination. Our group seemed happy to see a random monkey swinging in the trees..we completely stopped listening to whatever the guide was talking about. Another positive was the free beer and cold waters provided to us on the drive to and from the ruins—very refreshing and was good to have on a hot day. Glad to have the experience but would not do this again.
Great excursion!
Rachel_A, Apr 2024
We had Juan Carlos(tour guide) and Carlos (bus driver) take us out on this excursion. Juan Carlos did a great job and was very informative the entire trip. The ruins were really neat to see. We were taken to the beach afterwards and a few beach chairs were included. It was definitely packed with a lot of people, but the area was very beautiful. Water was refreshing to swim in. Stayed at the beach for maybe 1.5 hrs. Overall it was a great day!
Nice trip
Ala_A, Apr 2024
Nice trip I like it was a nice trip though it requires a walking distance, so if you are not willing to walk think about something else but in general amazing experience
Great Experience
Dana_J, Apr 2024
Chacchoben ruins are beautiful and definitely worth the trip. We cruised to Costa Maya and took a trip inland to see the ruins with Frine of Toucan Tours. It was a really busy day and their were lots of buses, but the Toucan Tours employees were patient and efficient and made sure everyone was taken care of. Frine was our guide and she worked hard to make sure we could all hear her despite the hustle and bustle around us. She was very knowledgeable and helpful and able to keep up with the athletic tourists as well as the slow ones like me. Honestly, I would do the tour all over again tomorrow if I could. It’s definitely a special place and Toucan Tours is a trustworthy operator.
It was very busy at the...
karen_k, Apr 2024
It was very busy at the site but guide was attentive to keeping our group together and giving us information about the site.
Nice trip
Rennan_P, Apr 2024
It is a nice trip if you have not visited any Maya ruins before. Nothing spectacular. There is no issue coming back to cruise ship on time.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you and your family for allowing us to make your visit to Costa Maya wonderful. Let's hope you come back soon!!
Just ok
Scott_W, Apr 2024
4 kids with us, ages 9-17. Air conditioned bus—1 hour each way—family was split up because the bus was packed and we got on last. The tour of the ruins was just ok. Could not hear the guide very well.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
We appreciate your comment, it will help us improve our services.
Lolade_W, Apr 2024
We were able to view a part of history. We did not have time to go to the beach. Please allow time to visit the beach as advertised.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
We appreciate your comment, it will help us improve our services.
Excellent day of learning and culture.
James_C, Apr 2024
Great day learning about the Mayan culture and visiting the excavated ruins. Our tour guide, Juan Carlos, is an excellent historian and ambassador for Mexico and the Mayan people. The air conditioned coach bus was comfortable and the ride took about an hour. There is no cell reception for most of the ride, so bring something to read or do on the ride.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your tour with us. We try our best to make everyones experience hear at Costa Maya a memorable one.

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