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Chacchoben Ruins

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Address: Costa Maya | Quintana Roo, Mexico
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Gorgeous views!! There were more ruins and temples than I anticipated. The bus ride didn't seem like an hour (very informative info on the way there & a nap on the way back... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Gorgeous views!! There were more ruins and temples than I anticipated. The bus ride didn't seem like an hour (very informative info on the way there & a nap on the way back). Some hiking/walking around the park but overall not too bad. Only downside is that you couldn't climb all the way to the top of the ruins. The... More 

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North Ridgeville, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Very large ruin site! 1.2 hr from port makes the visit less appealing. They let you climb on some of the ruins, but do not let you go to the tops of the pyramids. Only discovered in 1996. Great for history buffs and culture seeking tour. Bring a good camera and an umbrella for the sun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We took a more expensive cruise based excursion to the Chachobben ruins near Costa Maya. Instead of a large group, we were with a group of 12 and had a much smaller but very comfortable vehicle. The tour included a very well informed guide who talked about the ruins in detail, introduced us to some very interesting facts about Mayan... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We did a tour of Chacchoben Mayan ruins from a Norwegian cruise ship, about an hour drive. It is a fabulous place to visit. It is amazing to see how these sites were buried in the jungle and are now being brought back out. This site is only partially excavated but there is plenty to see. There is food available... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We had only planned to visit Tulum but enjoyed it so much we decided to book this excursion too from Costa Maya through Carnival. So glad we did! It differed greatly from Tulum as it was set in a jungle setting and was much larger. There were many excavated ruins and others yet to be unearthed in the complex which... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

These ruins are are about 45 minutes to an hour drive from Costa Maya, but definitely worth the experience, especially if you have not visited Mayan ruins before. My tour guide's name was Victoria and she was extremely helpful and knowledgeable in giving information and answering questions about the ruins and ancient daily life of the Mayans. There are about... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We visited Chacchoben with the Native Choice tour. Erick was our guide and made the one hour drive out to the site both enjoyable and educational. While at the ruins, Erick continued to be a wealth of information and frequently inserted some humor to make the tour even more enjoyable. We are very glad that this was a choice of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

When stopping in Costa Maya, Chacchoben is worth the drive from the port. A well excavated set of ruins out about 45 min from the port. Three options are avail. for purchasing the tour. Ship tour, most expensive, purchasing inside the cruise compound or walking out onto the street and hiring a driver, cheapest and quickest. Once u get the... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We booked an excursion to the Chacchoben Ruins through our Carnival cruise line. Our tour guide was Daniel B. ("the Jaguar"). He was very funny, lighthearted, and was the most knowledgeable of the 3 tour guides that we had on our trips to Mayan ruins. His information was accurate and could be fact-checked. These ruins were more hands-on and more... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Tulum has some very beautiful and unique ruins, but they are hard to enjoy with the constant presents of massive groups of all inclusive/ cruise ship zombies getting in the way and asking stupid questions. Instead give Chacchoben a try. There is the occasional cruise ship group that comes through, but the place is big enough you can keep your... More 

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