Ancient Chacchoben Ruins added to list of tours for upcoming season
As Cancun and the Riviera Maya become more and more recognized as a world-class travel destination, state officials are expanding the range of local attractions that are being offered to tourists.
For this upcoming holiday season the ruins of Chacchoben have been added to the list of places to see along with the region of Pedro A. Santos near Bacalar. Edmundo Hiram Gómez Koyoc, director of Tourism and Economic Development of the City of Bacalar, says that these new tours will be available through local tour operators and will allow visitors to enjoy other sites of Bacalar.
He says that the tours will be made available by the Mexican Association of Tourism Industry of Quintana Roo, which is directly associated with the Mexican Association of Travel Agencies. This will help tour operators and travelers complement their stay in the area. It will also make it easier for visitors to extend their tour from a few hours to two or three days if they wish.
Gómez Koyoc adds that the location of the city of Bacalar is near the Chacchoben ruins as well as several other ancient monuments in the southern portion of Quintana Roo including Kohunlich, Dzibanché and Majahual. Encouraging tourists to visit Bacalar and see the many other attractions that the southern region of the state has to offer is an important element to providing diversity.
Bacalar is the largest city in the Bacalar Municipality in the state of Quintana Roo, about 40 kilometers north of Chetumal. It is known for its seven-colored lagoon, rest and relaxation, hammocks, and straw huts surrounded by legendary jungles. This village of Mayan descent is also known for water sports.
The town is also well-known for its San Felipe Fort, an imposing construction built in the 16th century under the orders of Don Antonio de Figueroa for protecting the population against frequent pirate attacks. Impeccably preserved, the fort features its original canons.