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Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
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Chacchoben (chak-CHO-ben) 'the place of red corn' in the Mayan language, is a ruin which may date from 200 B.C. The structures found here date from 700 AD. The site is quickly becoming one of the most popular "new" sites visited along the Costa Maya.

Due in part to its location away from large cities and cruise destinations, and the more famous Mayan sites such as Tulum 100 miles to the north getting all the attention, the ruins of Chacchoben, an excellent example of the most brilliant civilization of the new world, remained in obscurity. As you walk through the jungle filled with evidence of temples, courtyards and pyramids, you will feel the connection and harmony between nature and history. Along the way, your guide will tell you the journey the city has taken, from the myth of its creation through the collapse of the great Maya civilization. As you stand in the heart of this abandoned Mayan ceremonial center your senses will begin to adjust to the sounds of nature. The site covers an area of more than 2 square miles in an area known as the "Region of the Lakes" due to the number of lakes and lagoons in the area.

Most of the walking is over even packed dirt and grass on a circular path that passes three excavated and restored pyramids, as well as walls and staircases. The site is far from being completely uncovered and you will see excavation on several mounds which are known to contain additional structures. Some structures still bear traces of the red pigment with which they were originally coated. At the base of the largest pyramid is a large stone slab called a stela with a Mayan hieroglyphic inscription.

Climbing on the temples is restricted out of respect to the deceased and their spirits.

The ruins site has a service area that includes rest room facilities and a cafeteria. Locals from Chacchoben village have a small shopping area at the site where they offer handmade souvenirs from their village. Keep in mind that in places like Chacchoben you are expected to negotiate the prices, so be ready to exercise your Espaņol and have some fun!

Please note: There is a fee to use a video camera at the archeological site. (approximately $4 USD) Credit cards are not accepted at the site for fees or shopping. US dollars and local currency are.

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4 Hours
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Comfortable long sleeve shirts and long pants are suggested due to the strong Mexican sun and potential for insects in the jungle. Sensible, flat-soled, closed toe walking shoes, sunscreen and sun glasses are recommended.
Minimum age to participate is 3 years old. Guests must be able to walk approximately one mile over packed surfaces during the 90 minute tour of the site.

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$ 70.00
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