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. Chacchoben in Mayan means “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.
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.