Explore the ruins of Chacchoben, "The Place of Red Corn", on this half-day tour that brings you to this fascinating ancient Mayan pilgrimage location.
Starting off from the pier, it's a pleasant 50-minute drive to the site, during which your local guide will share with you the interesting history and unique culture of the Mayans. Upon arrival, you will find yourself surrounded by the lush green jungle that still hides much of the complex and is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including howler monkeys and many species of exotic birds. Here, in this lush tropical setting, the excavated sacred temples and other structures will fill you with a sense of wonder as you picture how it must have looked centuries ago when it was a thriving cultural center for the Mayans.
During your escorted tour you will have a chance to see the original red paint on the stucco walls of one of the pyramids and the temple where a mural was found showing the astronomical positions of the planet Venus. You will also have time to climb the Gran Basamento which takes you above tree level and is where archaeologists found ceremonial offerings dating to around 1000 B.C.
During your visit, your guide will also explain about the wildlife found in this region of Mexico and the medicinal plants that are still used by the modern-day descendents of the ancient Mayan people.
Before re-boarding your coach for the return transfer to the pier, you will have a brief break to enjoy a complimentary beverage and perhaps purchase a souvenir.
Please note: This tour includes a considerable amount of walking over uneven and rough surfaces. Care should be taken as the surfaces can be slippery. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or pregnant women and is not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Flat, comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes; sun caps; sunglasses; sunscreen (biodegradable only) and insect repellant are suggested. Minimum age to participate is 3-years old. Those under 18-years of age are prohibited from consuming alcohol. There is a government tax of $5-8 USD on the use of video cameras at the site. No tripods and/or professional video cameras are allowed. Flash photos are not allowed inside the ruins due to the delicate nature of the displays. No food is allowed in the ruins.