Chacchoben Mayan Ruins

Mayan Pyramid at Chaccoben

Mayan Ruins at Chaccoben

The Mayan ruins at Chacchoben dated from 200 BCE are a beautiful example of ancient Mayan architecture and a tribute to the ingenuity and determination of their builders. Meaning “the place of red corn,”  the Chacchoben ruins were rediscovered in the 1940’s and went officially unreported to the Mexican government until the 70’s. A little over a decade ago a cruise ship terminal was built in nearby Majahual. Now hordes of demanding, sunburned, fluorescent plastic ID bracelet wearing tourists from the cruise ships arrive by air-conditioned mega buses. They traipse over the ruins in their tennis shoes and “One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, Floor” tee shirts marveling at how “miserably hot” it is, even in March.

Tour Buses at Chaccoben

Tour Buses at Chaccoben

When they are there it is difficult to enjoy the ruins, but it does make for some interesting people watching. Overheard, from an obvious, first time away from home Spring Breaker was, “Oh my God! This is so stupid. It is like they have no guardrails or anything.”

Chacchoben is a great place to visit, and I highly recommend it. Just try to time it when there are no 40 passenger busses outside.

Crowd at Chaccoben

Crowd at Chacchoben

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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