Chacchoben Mayan Ruins

Photo Credit: © Roger Wollstadt CC BY

Chacchoben, which means "the place of red corn," was believed to have been settled around 200 B.C., though it wasn't discovered until the 1940s, and even then it wasn't reported to the government until the 1970s because the land owner feared he would have his land confiscated. Still, the lands remained overgrown for another two decades when the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History began the excavation process. Almost another 10 years would pass before it would open to the public.

What to Expect

Tourists who visit Chacchoben Maya Ruins have the opportunity to explore three restored pyramids, several walls and staircases. Excavation is still happening in some places which are off limited.

Surrounded by banyan and mahogany trees among other jungle vegetation, Chacchoben Maya Ruins are still very much a part of the overgrown landscape.

Staying Close

Consider staying in Quintana Roo if you plan on visiting Chacchoben Mayan Ruins, as travelers to this region of the Yucatan Peninsula will have the benefit of easy site access for the duration of their trip. The area around this site remains relatively quiet, especially as there aren't many hotels in the vicinity.



Operating Hours

Guests are welcome to tour the ruins between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday though Sunday.


Entrance to the ruins will cost each person 30 pesos.

Contact Information

Location: Quintana Roo, Mexico


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