THE FABULOUS MAYAN SITE OF CHACCHOBÉN
Cultural, Drink included
A journey back in time to discover the splendid Maya site of Chacchobén, in the heart of a lush jungle with a guide who is an expert in the history of this extraordinary people and who will bring to life the magic of a millenarian civilization.
What we will see
- The Mayan archaeological site of Chacchobén
- "Gran Basamento"
- Panoramic views of the rainforest
What we will do
- We leave the port on an air-conditioned coach and we head for the extraordinary Mayan archaeological site of Chacchobén, one of the most important in the state of Quintana Roo.
- When we arrive at Chacchobén, which means "place of the red corn" in the Mayan language, we explore the impressive ruins together with our expert guide to discover interesting facts about the temples and other buildings that have only recently been brought to light.
- We go round a circular path to see the three pyramids of the site which is still partially unexplored, and we climb up the steps of the Gran Basamento, which was probably the centre of public and ceremonial activities of the ancient Mayan community.
- From the top of this pyramid there is a breathtaking view of the rainforest that surrounds the ruins, with palm trees, wild orchids and a variety of other tropical plants, home to several species of singing birds, toucans, monkeys and armadillos.
- Our guide provides us with interesting information about the local fauna and the medicinal plants that are still used today by the descendants of the ancient Mayas.
- After our guided tour, we have some free time to browse around the souvenir shop before we go back to our coach for the return journey to the ship.
What you need to know
- The excursion includes transfers by coach with air conditioning and refreshments.
- Local guides conduct the excursion in English or Spanish.
- Participants are advised to wear comfortable clothing and shoes and to bring insect repellent and sunglasses.
- This excursion involves long walks on uneven terrain and a route which includes stairs to move up levels.
- The coach transfer from the ship to the archaeological site takes approximately 1 hour.
- Access to the site with professional photographic equipment (tripods and professional cameras) is not allowed.
- To use your camera within the archaeological site it is necessary to pay a tax (approx. 5-10 U$D) at the entrance.
- You can purchase drinks and snacks at the archaeological site.