Excursion to Chacchoben and Bacalar: Mayan ruins and lagoon

1 Ratings
Duration 7 Hours
Difficulty easy
Max. participants 12
Language English, Spanish, German


Mayan ruins of Chacchoben and lagoon of Bacalar

There is much to discover in the archaeological site of Chacchoben, next to the little Mayan town with the same name. The Mayan ruins of Chacchoben is still very authentic and surprisingly well preserved. Architecturally, they were under the influence of the Mayan people from Peten-Guatemala, who were there between 200 and 900 AD. Today, spider monkeys leisure around the structures of the sun and moon pyramid.

Combine the best attractions of Costa Maya with a visit to the Bacalar Lagoon. Named for the many shades of blue that shine in the sunlight, it is called the lagoon of seven colors. The water of the lagoon feeds from underground cenotes. We discover some of them during a boat trip, and there is an opportunity to swim in the shallow areas of the so-called Pirate Island. There you can refresh yourself in the clear water and enjoy at the turquoise color.


Our Combo Excursion Chacchoben and Bacalar includes

  • Experienced chofeur, English speaking
  • Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Note for cruise ship guests: In order to have enough time, the ship must be at least 8 hours in Costa Maya.
  • Entry fees to Chacchoben
  • Detailed tour of the archaeological sites of Chacchoben
  • Boat tour on the Bacalar lagoon with an experienced guide
  • Life jacket
  • A maximum of 12 participants
  • Insurance
  • Water, soft drinks, beer

Excluded features

  • Tips
  • If you would like to use a video camera, a $ 5 copyright fee is required within the archeological site


Mayan Legacy: Excursion to the Mayan ruins of Chacchoben - boat trip on the lagoon of Bacalar

From our meeting point, we head in an air-conditioned van to the archeological Mayan ruins of Chacchoben. It will take about an hour from Costa Maya, from Playa del Carmen about 3 hours. There we take you to the times of the ancient Mayan world, in which Chacchoben played an important role. The construction dates from the second century to the ninth century AD. We will learn about the local flora and fauna, the religion of the Maya and the meaning of the sun and moon god as well as elements from the Mayan architecture.

After visiting the archaeological site of Chacchoben, we go to the breathtaking lagoon of Bacalar. It takes about 30 minutes to get there. The boat is already waiting at the jetty of the lagoon. During a stunning boat ride we discover the highlights of the lagoon in about 2.5 hours. The boat trip takes us to different cenotes, we pass along the beautiful coast and stop for a swim. Various types of birds accompany us on our journey. After the boat tour, a snack waits for us. The little pirate town of Bacalar is worth a stop and on our way back to the ship we also pass Santo Pedro, also known as pinapple village.

Meeting place

At the exit of the cruise port or at your hotel.

What should I bring?

  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Swimwear and things to change
  • Thongs or flip flops
  • Towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat for the boat trip
  • If necessary a light rain coat
  • Sun protection: On the Yucatan peninsula biodegradable sun protection is recommended to protect the corals and water quality. Please use sun protection BEFORE starting the tour.
  • Camera / underwater camera
  • Money for souvenirs / meals
  • Final payment in cash
  • Tips

More Information

Our excursion to Chacchoben and Bacalar for cruise ship guests may be adjusted to meet the dock times of the ship.

The travel time from Costa Maya to Chacchoben is about one hour, from Playa del Carmen about 3 hours. Please take this into account when planning your shore excursions.

For a reservation, we charge a deposit of $ 17 per person. This can be done via our reservation page . The remaining payment is made in cash. Please note that payment on site by credit card is not possible. ATMs to withdraw dollars charge high fees.

Cancellation policy

  • For a reservation, we charge a deposit of $ 17 per person. We keep this as an administration fee for "no-show" guests.

We will refund the deposit in the following situations:

  • Cruise ship does not dock at Costa Maya.
  • Cancellation of the vacation (information at least two weeks before the excursion date)

If the tour cannot be started for any reason, please let us know immediately. If we can allocate the places to someone else, we will refund the deposit

We would like to store a cellphone number with your booking so that we can contact you in case of any changes.

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Perfect combination culture and boat tour by Sonja S.

The Bacalar lagoon was absolutely gorgeous and the boat tour was the best experience of our whole vacation. Chacchoben was also impressive and the combination of these two attractions was perfect for a successful day.