A UNIQUE PLACE FULL OF HISTORY
The site that belongs to the classic Mayan period located in the region of the lakes, a few kilometers from the Costa Maya, is only 50 minutes from the Costa Maya to reach the archaeological site of Chacchoben, surrounded by jungle and lagoons with a great diversity of flora and fauna. There is no evidence that allows us to know the original name of the place in the pre-Hispanic period, today it is called “Chacchoben”. It means in Mayan language “Place of the red corn”, name of the modern Mayan community that includes in its territory the archaeological site. In 1972, Peter Harrison was the first professional archaeologist to visit the site, made the first maps and informed Chacchoben of the Mexican government. In June of 1994, the National Institute of History and Anthropology (INAH) began the first restoration discovering the first secrets of this Mayan settlement, to finally open it to the public in 2002.
TODAY. A SITE TO PROTECT
Today you can visit the place enjoying a walk through the jungle observing Mayan temples surrounded by different types of trees, corozo palms, zapote trees and different types of orchids. Touring this site invites you to relax and feel the harmony between nature and history. This city after its abandonment was re-inhabited in 1929 thanks to the extraction of chewing gum (chicle) which is the resin of the zapote tree, some settlers stayed for a long time and others remained until today. Little by little, the chiclero camp became a city and was officially named as such in 1939. Most of the populations are of Mayan origin and many of the traditions of our ancestors are preserved.
VILLAGE OF CHACCHOBEN
Chacchoben is a picturesque town that still conserves the Mayan culture in its streets and constructions.
Colorful cabins surround the village of Chacchoben, its construction is adobe and palm decorated with great imagination.
The Mayans are a civilization that left visible vestiges in its ruins and its people that day after day live under the traditions that their ancestors taught them.