"The Mayan tree legend" Top 5 Page for this destination Mexico Local Custom Tip by micas_pt

Mexico Local Customs: 173 reviews and 144 photos


There is a legend that says why the Chechem and Chaka trees always grow side by side (you won't find them separate from each other, that's true i saw!!).

Chechem was an evil Mayan prince who was turned into a tree by the Gods. As he was bad he turned the sap of the tree into poison. Chaca was his good-hearted brother and turned himself into a tree. The sap of the Chaca tree has healing powers. That's why you will always find them side-by-side in jungle.

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Written Nov 11, 2003
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“Don't stress, enjoy the places.”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 1 1 3

Have you been to Mexico?

  Share Your Travels