Chacchoben is one of the great ancient Mayan cities located in this beautiful area of ​​lagoons south of Quintana Roo. Pleasant surprises await you on your way here.

The archaeological zone of Chacchoben is one of the greatest vestiges of Quintana Roo. Its remote location of the areas of greatest tourist influence, and therefore more promoted, make it covered before the eyes of the visitor.

Other large ancient Mayan cities of southern Quintana Roo like Dzibanché or Kohunlich, they are surely part of the most interesting area of ​​the state when it comes to archeology. These cities will surprise you with their greatness of buildings, size and details.

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Chacchoben, place of 1 red corn

Chacchoben archaeological site

Chacchobenwhose translation of maya is place of colorado corn, takes the name of the ejido where it is located. In the settlement have been found two stelae with hieroglyphic inscriptions, but none has revealed the name of the city. It is customary to rename the ancient Mayan cities to not be able to know the original name.

Unreadable stele found in Chacchoben

You can find Chacchoben on the route from Felipe Carrillo Puerto to Chetumal, before reaching Bacalar, the most sought-after destination in the south of the Yucatan Peninsula. You find this magnificent, more unexplored territory after the strange tourist curtain that one crosses after Tulum, from here it is another trip.

Despite this isolation by remoteness, Chacchoben receives cruise tourists twice or three times a week that disembark for a few hours in Mahahual, a coastal town on the Costa Maya. The same goes for Dzibanché, an almost lonely place for us because of the weekly cruises.


I visited Chacchoben a Sunday, taking advantage of the fact that this day Mexicans and permanent residents have free entrance by INAH. The luxury of walking alone this city was one of those good moments that make way, where one breathes deeply and his head is eclipsed by good feelings.

Chacchoben, place of 2 red corn
Chacchoben, place of 3 red corn

Chacchoben It is close to Bacalar, so independent travelers are coming more to this beautiful area. I will recommend another corner of the area to stay, where you can live a few days in the countryside and learn about traditions and customs of the Mayan culture.

It is the Kíichpam K'áax ecotourism center, Selva Bonita, near the town of Chunhuhub, half an hour from Chacchoben. Believe me, it's worth going here and doing some activity with them.

Chacchoben, place of 4 red corn

If you are one of those who like to leave the main routes, in this area you will find treasures to taste with the tranquility that many of us like to move.

Chacchoben It is a great archeological zone to observe animals such as toucans, monkeys or small rodents, and enjoy the walk among the shadows of the beautiful trees that cover the enclosure.

Chacchoben, place of 5 red corn

Chacchoben, archaeological site

LOCATION: Chacchoben is located 85 kilometers from the city of Chetumal and 3 kilometers from the town of Lázaro Cárdenas. The main access roads are federal highway 307 Chetumal - Cancun, and federal highway 293 Chetumal - Mérida (short route). The archaeological zone is well signposted.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: open from 8 a.m. to 17 p.m. daily. They do not sell drinks or food inside. There are services at the entrance and restaurant.
PRICE ENTRY: 60 mxn. The Sundays the entrance of INAH is free for Mexicans and permanent residents. Access to archaeological zones is free every day to children under 13 years, students, teachers and senior citizens with valid credentials.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? It is not easy to get there by public transport, I know that buses pass from Chunhuhub and other towns.
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothing, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen, shoes closed better and some water always goes well.

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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