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Visit newly excavated ruins and a local village, and enjoy an authentic meal!
Consider this day an adventure in every way. From the moment you set out, you'll become an explorer in a new land. The passion of your guide and the magnificence of the sites and experiences you have, will most likely make this the most memorable day of your vacation.
The name, Chacchoben, which translates to "The Place of Red Corn," may be unfamiliar to you, unlike Uxmal, Tulum, and Chichen Itza. That's understandable, especially since this site has only been open to the public since 2003. During the '40s, a gentleman and his family settled here to farm. It wasn't until 1972 that they realized there was an amazing city under their backyard. Although it had been officially documented by the Mexican government, nothing was excavated until 1994. Excavation and restoration has continued since then and, in 2003, the land was expropriated from the original owners and has since been opened to visitors.
It's believed that this city originated between 500-700 A.D. The ceremonial center of the ruins brings you to the heart of the Mayan culture. The ruins are situated in the jungle, where you'll see indigenous plants and wildlife, and learn about different medicinal plants and how they're used. The setting is too perfect for words.
You'll also find some local craft stands at the ruins. Be prepared to barter (how fun!) and pay cash for souvenirs. For your convenience, there is a stand with snacks, soda, and bottled water.
After a wonderful, personally narrated tour of Chacchoben, we'll visit a traditional Mayan village. As you observe people engaged in their daily activities and listen to their language, you'll notice how their lives are filled with both ancient and modern culture.
A local family will greet you with a welcome drink known as "pozole," which is made from the dough of overcooked corn that has been mixed with coconut water. You'll also watch local women making tortillas for you to sample.
The lunch menu includes slices of tamale, as well as chicken, both cooked in steam and in an underground oven. On the table, you'll find traditional beans cooked with garlic, onions, and spices; handmade tortillas, chips and salsa, and a variety of chili pepper sauces.
At the end of your tour, your guide will return you to the Toursim Village or, if time permits, you can ask to be dropped in Mahahual to enjoy the beautiful local beaches. The return taxi ride from Mahahual will be approximately $3.
- The tour time will be determined at time of confirmation, which will be one hour after your ship arrives to port.
- Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring a bottle of water and insect repellent.
- This tour is best appreciated by children ages 4 and older.
- You will need a permit to use a video camera at the ruins. The permit costs $3 and is purchased at the ruins. Tripods are not allowed.
- Collapsible wheelchairs and strollers are only usable in the first complex. Beyond that point, there are stairs, roots, and uneven surfaces.
Days offered: 7 days a week