Chacchoben Mayan Ruins Tour Review
The Chacchoben Mayan ruins are located in the town of La Costa Maya, which is 110 miles away from Tulum, Mexico. Many visitors fail to explore these ruins, although they are an excellent display.
Most choose the Coba Mayan ruins, which are much easier to access and while this site is also quite extraordinary, it somewhat pales in comparison to the grandeur of this area.
One of the main reasons for the lack of exploration of the Chacchoben Mayan ruins is the distance between the site and the jungle. It takes quite a while to make your way through, but once there, the towering trees and massive palms part and expose one of the world’s oldest and most exquisite areas.
Choosing to tour the Chacchoben Mayan ruins often begins in the early hours, and you should be able to find at least a couple tour guides willing to take you. You should dress in long pants and long sleeves because you will need to hike for at least an hour or two.
Unlike some Costa Maya excursions that last a full day, or 8 hours, you will probably only find half-day tours to Chacchoben, because it is a bit more strenuous. You should be prepared with a couple of bottles of water and some light, protein rich snacks as well.
Once you begin your journey to the Chacchoben Mayan ruins, you will definitely begin to feel the gentle breezes provided by the Spanish Moss tress and even on a warm day, the Cohune Palms provide a natural canopy that shields you from the sun’s harsh rays.
As you make your way out of the jungle and arrive at the remote ruin site, you will immediately be struck by the huge Mayan pyramids, looming in the air. The Gran Basamento is an enormous elevated terrace that stands well over 60 feet in height.
After a few hours of enjoying your Chacchoben Mayan ruins tour, you will need to begin heading back, remember, the hike takes a while and your guide will not want to risk getting caught after dark. Even during mid-afternoon, the sky can grow dark in the jungle.
Since you will be finished with your tour fairly early, you can suggest that your tour guide bring you a few kilometers down the road to a town called Tulum. It’s approximately 50 miles from Playa del Carmen and is home to the world famous Tulum Mayan ruins.
The great part about taking a half-day tour of one site is you still have time to check out another. Here you can see the huge Temple of the Frescos that overlooks a huge cliff. You will also notice the Castle El Castillo, which is also on a high cliff. It is a pyramid with a temple on top, which also has a lighthouse and watchtower.
At the end of your tour, you can still enjoy yourself by heading over to Tulum Beach where you can watch the Voladores. They are 5 men in costumes who climb a very high pole and loop a rope around their feet as they complete a traditional dance. It’s a great way to wrap up your tour to the Chacchoben Mayan ruins.