Chacchoben Extreme Tour
Join us for our popular Chacchoben Extreme Tour, an adventure that will take you from the green of the exuberant vegetation at Chacchoben Ruins to the seven shades of blue of the spectacular Bacalar Lagoon.
The Chacchoben Extreme Tour includes a guided tour of the Chacchoben Ruins followed by a visit to the tranquil Bacalar Lagoon Resort for a little adventure in the crystal clear waters of the Seven Color Lagoon. Swim, kayak, or just relax and enjoy the breeze with gorgeous views of this natural gem.
The Chacchoben Extreme Tour is the perfect combination for the ones looking for a shortened Maya ruins tour combined with water activities. To complete your adventure we have included lunch and drinks so you only have to worry about enjoying this quiet and peaceful little piece of paradise.
Ages 13 years old and older
Ages 6 to 12 years old
Ages 5 years old or younger
- Round transportation in air conditined vehicles
- English speaking guide. (also available in Español and Français)
- Access fees to Chacchoben
- Tickets to the runis site
- Guided tour at Chacchoben ruins
- Bottled water
- A visit to Bacalar Lagoon Resort for swimming, tubing, kayaking or just to relax.
- Lunch and drinks (beer, sodas, tequila, margaritas).
- Copyright fee of $5.00USD for the use of video cameras at the ruins site.
- Gratuities for your guide and driver.
Operating days and departure times
This tour operates daily with limited availability during Christmas Day and New Year.
Earliest departure for cruise ship guests is one hour after the ship docks. Later departures may be available if ship's time in port allows.
The ruins part of this tour is a walking tour and includes walking on trails under the jungle. Climbing a few steps of the temples is optional, but climbing at least 13 steps is needed to see the temples on top of Gran Basamento. At the lagoon resort swimming, kayaking or tubing is optional.
We no longer offer accessible tours, slow walkers or people using wheelchairs or motorized scooters must contact us before booking to check if we can accommodate their special needs on the specific date when they visit.
A deposit of $15.00USD per person is required at booking to confirm spaces for this tour.
Balance payment will be due in cash (US Dollars or MX Pesos) at at check-in.
Optionally you can pay the total of your reservation at the moment of booking if you don't want to deal with balance payment when you arrive.
All payments received towards your reservation are fully refundable if for any reason your cruise ship doesn't call port in Costa Maya at all.
Cancellation policy is 48 hours before the tour.
This tour is better appreciated by children ages 6 years old and older.
Alcoholic drinks included in this tour are exclusively for 18 year old or older participants.
Tour meeting point
This tour departs from The Native Choice office 4 blocks from the Costa Maya Port. Email confirmation will include easy to follow directions, contact info and a map.
In Costa Maya the port is privately owned and controlled by the cruise lines. Local companies don't have access to pick up guests nor have representatives there.
Services and excursions available at the port are sponsored by your cruise line, if you plan to use any local service your must expect to leave the port to find your service provider.
Travel time from Costa Maya to Chacchoben.
Rest stop at the service area.
Guided tour of the ruins.
Travel time from Chacchoben Ruins to Bacalar Lagoon.
Time at Bacalar Lagoon for swimming, kayaking and lunch.
Travel time from Chacchoben to Costa Maya.
- Wear comfortable walking or tennis shoes for the ruins visit.
- Bring your own towel and bathing suit for the lagoon part of the tour.
- A hat and biodegradable sunblock lotion.
- Bring extra cash for shopping, credit cards aren't accepted at Chacchoben.
Chacchoben Extreme Tour Details
This tour departs from The Native Choice Office four blocks from the port, check tour meeting point for details.
The ride from Costa Maya to Chacchoben Ruins takes 50 minutes, after the ruins tour the group travels 25 minutes to Bacalar Lagoon for the second part of the tour. At the end of the lagoon visit it takes 50-55 minutes to return to Costa Maya.
Lunch and drinks included in this tour are provided at Bacalar Lagoon Resort. Options include chips and salsa, authentic beef, chicken or al pastor tacos. Drink options include sodas, beer, tequila, margaritas and pina coladas.
At Bacalar Lagoon Resort there are clean bathrooms and changing rooms.
The use of facilities, kayaks, tubes and SUP boards is included in the tour price.
At Chacchoben ruins visitors are allowed to climb only a few steps of the temples, unfortunately, it isn't possible to go all the way to the top. There's a section where climbing a massive platform is needed in order to see the temples on top of it.
This tour combination isn't recommended for guests with difficulties to walk.
There's a copyright fee of $5.00USD for the use of video cameras at archeological sites in Mexico, this fee isn't included in the tour price, it's paid at the site's entrance and applies only for video cameras. There's no fee for the use of smart phones, film or digital photo cameras even if they can take video.
The service area of Chacchoben has a cafeteria where they sell sodas, water, ice cream and snacks.
We recommend to wear comfortable clothes and walking or tennis shoes for the ruins visit. Water shoes are recommended for the lagoon as there are rocks in some areas, we recommend biodegradable sunblock lotion and to bring your swimsuit and your own towel.
The use of life vests (provided at the lagoon) is mandatory for kayaking.
Bacalar Lagoon Resort is and Eco-friendly property located on the edge of Sian Kan Biosphere Reserve and inside the Manatee National Park. Motorized vehicles/sports are limited in this area.
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