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Nestled in the southern tip of Quintana Roo lies Chacchobén, the largest known Maya settlement in the region.

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Records from the pre-Hispanic era haven’t revealed the original name of this site. Consequently, it was christened Chacchobén, after the ejido (community land) where it’s situated.

This Maya settlement stands as the most extensive one discovered to date in southern Quintana Roo. Accessible from Mahahual, Chetumal, or Bacalar, it beckons curious explorers.

Chacchobén: Land of the Red Maize

This awe-inspiring archeological site sits in the southern tip of Quintana Roo, less than an hour from Mahahual. Chacchobén stands as the most significant settlement identified thus far in the Region of the Lakes. Its occupation traces back 300 years before our era, during the Late Preclassic period. Studies indicate that urban development commenced in the early years of the Early Classic period (250 AD), shaping the urban layout still visible today. The primary nucleus spans approximately 70 hectares, housing structures and architectural complexes serving civic, religious, and administrative functions.

Fascinating Tidbits 

  • It was constructed following the stylistic patterns of the Petén Basin. 
  • The site witnessed over 500 years of continual growth and development. 
  • Two stelae inscribed with hieroglyphic texts, discovered to date, remain illegible due to deterioration.

Key Information 

  • Operating hours: Monday to Sunday, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 
  • Admission fee: $75 MXN pesos.




Zona Arqueoligica De Chacchoben, Chetumal, Q.R., México

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