Located in the Costa Maya, just south of the Riviera Maya, Chacchoben, "The Place of Red Corn," (in Spanish "Lugar de Maiz Colorado,") is a largely restored Mayan site. Chacchoben has a mystical quality with towering mahogany trees, enormous cohune palms, strangler figs, and banyan trees. Its because of the lush foliage, no crowds and its remote location that really makes Chacchoben a special place.
The unique setting makes this Mayan site worth the day trip from the Riviera Maya. Chacchoben is 177 kilometers (110 miles) south of Tulum and is manageable in a day. The distance is roughly the same as Chichen Itza from the Riviera Maya.
Archaeologists believe Chacchoben was settled about 200 B.C. but the buildings excavated to date are dated from 700 A.D. Upon entrance, the first structure, Edifice twenty-four in Plaza B is impressive but the most striking temples are located in the Gran Basamento with the tallest labeled as Temple I. Like Chichen Itza, climbing on the ruins is prohibited, so get your cameras out and admire these structures from the ground!
More photography opportunities are located by the low structures in Plaza Las Vias, which are canopied by a forest of Cohune palms and mahogany trees.
Hours are operation are 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday thru Sunday. Admission is 37 pesos (at time of writing) with an extra charge for a camera tripod. It is important to note. Cruise ships docked at the Port Costa Maya in Mahahual include this Chacchoben in their excursions. Arrive early or later in the afternoon to avoid crowds and have this Mayan ruin site to yourself.