What to do around Mahahual – The Maya Temples of Chacchoben
Chacchoben is Maya for “The Place of the Red Corn.” Until now, only a part of the ruins were excavated, leaving big residential and ceremonial groupings to be discovered. The setting is gorgeous. Surrounded by jungle and enormous cohune palms and Mahogony trees.
During the classic period from 250 A.D. to 900 the Mayan population increased a lot. Many new communities were build and Chacchoben was one of them. Apparently most of the structures of Chacchoben have been built from 300-360 A.D. In Mayan culture corn played a very important role. Not only as food. The Mayans also believed that their Gods created humans out of Corn.
When to go to Chacchoben
The site of Chacchoben is open for visitors since 2002. Since then, it is a very popular shore excursion for people arriving at Costa Maya with a cruiseship. If possible we recommend to plan your visit on a day there is no cruiseship docking at Costa Maya. If you are lucky, you will find yourself there wandering alone. Nowadys climbing the structures is forbidden. The ruins are open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays entrance is free for Mexicans.
How to get to Chacchoben from Mahahual
Pass through the village of Mahahual. Drive the 60 km back to the junction. Turn to the left direction Chetumal. Pass through the small village of Pedros Santos where they sell delicious pineapples on the roadside. After 1 km. you arrive at a juntion and turn to the right, direction Merida. Continue some 7 kilometers. At your left side you will see the archeological site of Chacchoben. At only 75 kilometers it is 45 minute drive from hotel restaurant Maya Luna.
Combine visit to Chacchoben with a swim in the Lake of Bacalar. A perfect day trip !
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