Costa Maya: A Day in Chacchoben
I have not heard of Costa Maya before I started planning for a western Caribbean cruise. The information I gathered online was always related to the cruising industry. Nothing out there to find out other than the activities and tours one can take as a cruise excursion.
No surprises there, I found out later when we dropped anchor in Costa Maya. It is nothing more than a mini resort of sorts. Set against the deep turquoise sea, Costa Maya is comprised of three grand pavilions, artisan shopping areas, a beach club, saltwater pools, fine restaurants and bars, and all the resources necessary to explore the surrounding jungle and coral reefs.
With a whole day to spend in this port, we knew that there would be enough time to visit this later. First and foremost we wanted to see a Mayan ruin.
Our experience told us that if we wanted some tours in ports of call, we don’t even have to look for tour operators. They would find us. Local tours have barkers, they know when cruisers descend on the port and en masse these barkers pounce on the cruisers. It could be annoying, but if you listen, you could actually find a good deal.
In this case, we just sign up with a tour operator outside of the walls of the “resort” and once a van fills capacity you go to the tour.
In this case, Chaccoben (chak-CHO-ben) is about an hour’s drive from the port. We drove through country roads, but the opportunity for drive-by shooting was very limited given the fact that in a large part of our route dust was flying and in other parts there just wasn't anything very interesting to shoot.
Having already visited Chichen Itza (which in my belief and readings is the “best” of the Mayan ruins), I was looking forward to a good day of shooting, but wasn’t expecting much.
Chacchoben - place of the red corn in Mayan language.
Easily doable. Not huge.
There are three restored pyramids. One of them you can climb.
The area surrounding the ruins is characterized by abundant wildlife. We saw, but was unable to photograph, howler monkeys. However, here I caught my first sighting of an armadillo - in the wild.
OUR WORLD TUESDAY