Exploring the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins in Costa Maya

Costa Maya, Mahahual

A fishing village on the Eastern Carribean coast of Mexico, rich in Mayan History

Best time to visit

December – April are the least rainy and not as hot as the summer months




Spanish, English, Mayan

Walking through the ruins is like taking a trip into the past. You can feel the power and ambiance of the area, which was used for ceremonies and housing for people of importance.

You can walk up the ruins to a certain point, to preserve the ancient architecture.

The ruins are a short walk through the jungle from the visitors area, which has a suvenier shop filled with handmade trinkets and clothes, and a snack bar.

Exploring the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins in Costa Maya

“The Place of Red Corn”, this Mayan ceremonial complex dates back thousands of years. The earliest settlements in the area date to almost 1000 B.C. Surrounded by lush jungles, the stone pyramids rise from the earth amid hearty palms, singing birds, and swinging monkeys.

Among the Ruins

Port of Costa Maya

The port of Costa Maya is fairly new in the Caribbean, established in the 1990s. It is filled with shops, restaurants, a dolphin encounter, an aviary, and a large beach-like pool with a swim-up bar. There is beach access with hammocks and chairs, to look out at the palms and rolling waves.

Costa Maya, Mahahual, Quintana Roo, Mexico


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