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Mayan Ruins of Coba (Zona Arqueológica de Cobá)
Mayan Ruins of Coba (Zona Arqueológica de Cobá)

Mayan Ruins of Coba (Zona Arqueológica de Cobá)

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3,285 Reviews
Carretera Federal Tulum 307, Coba, Mexico

The Basics

The Coba ruins are an easy day trip from Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Tulum, and the Riviera Maya. Visitors can stroll or bike past two ball courts and the roads that once linked major Maya cities, and climb 120 steep steps up Nohoch Mul (the tallest ancient pyramid on the Yucatan Peninsula) for panoramic views of the lush Mexican jungle. Take a small-group or private tour of the ruins to gain deep insights into ancient Maya culture, or beat the crowds with an archaeologist-led, early-access tour of both Coba and Chichen Itza. If you’re feeling adventurous, combine your visit with a cenote swim, a snorkeling excursion, or a visit to an authentic Maya village.

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Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun

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Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
star-4.5
$69.90 per adult
Wonderful trip
What a great trip with the tour guide Raymond! So educational and wonderful Tulum was awesome Coba was amazing Cenote tortuga was great cliff diving and floating
Brendan_C, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Tulum

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A Nice Day Out
SJD, May 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
Timely pickup, super nice guide and driver. Unfortunately, Tulum had a Covid outbreak so was closed. Coba and the cenotes were very nice, the included lunch was great, and Playa del Carmen was better than I expected. Overall, the day out was very worthwhile and I'm glad I did it. Solid choice for a tour.
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Fun For All
Daniel_M, May 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
Even though Tulum was closed due to a positive Covid response of an employee, our tour guide Oscar made our trip amazing! He was very funny and informative of each place we went.
star-5
Tulum, Coba, cenote and 5th Avenue.
Siobhan_L, Mar 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
Had an amazing day. All the sights were incredible and our guide Ricardo and our driver Pablo were lovely. Lots of knowledge whilst walking around the sights. The tour is very well organised and you feel safe (especially with Covid). I’m trying to pick my favourite spot but it’s very hard! I think Coba ruins here first place but only just. Tulum and Cenote were also amazing. Loved our final visit to 5th Avenue! Would definitely recommend this tour.
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Great guide l
Eddie_S, Apr 2021
Full-day Cultural tour to Tulum, Coba & Maya Village
Rudy was our guide, great guide! Had a fun day. Very knowledgeable. Great insight. I would definitely do this again.
star-5
Wonderful trip
Brendan_C, Jun 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
What a great trip with the tour guide Raymond! So educational and wonderful Tulum was awesome Coba was amazing Cenote tortuga was great cliff diving and floating
star-5
Amazing experience overall
Brandon_C, Apr 2021
4x1: Coba, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour from Cancun
Perfectly planned, had a great experience. Tour guy and driver are great people and make your experience more fun 🤩
star-5
Amazing!! Did so much
Michael_B, Apr 2021
From Cancun & Riviera Maya: Tulum, Coba, Cenote & Mayan Village Private Tour
Thé tour guide nef!!!! Was great ! Did everything and then some ! Where able to complete so much in such little time
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A must do!
Siva_M, Apr 2021
4 PLACES 1 DAY Tour to Coba and Tulum Ruins, Cenote and Playa del Carmen.
What a fun day we had! Highly recommend. When you go to the Coba Ruins you have to take the bike that the people drive you to see the ruins. There's no way you'll have time to see everything. So much to see in one day!
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Knowledgeable
Danielle_J, Apr 2021
Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Coba
Our guide Felix was very knowledgeable about the history. Great guide . Only negative thing I was unhappy about was last minute time change. Left later therefore we got back later and missed some of our activities that we were going to do at the resort.
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Good for the price!!
AllisonWilliams, Mar 2021
4 PLACES 1 DAY Tour to Coba and Tulum Ruins, Cenote and Playa del Carmen.
First off my tour guides were rude at first. Talked to danna and she straighten things out and they changed their tune. The experience itself was a nice one, tulum and cobra was beautiful. You don’t get a lot of time at each stop so try to rent a bike at COBRA. It’s a long walk. The lunch was okay. It was nice. This excursion takes all day like 12-13 hours. So be prepared for that as well.
star-5
Great way to see the Mayan ruins and have a swim in a Cenote
Anonymous, Jun 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
We enjoyed seeing the Tulum and Coba ruins, swimming in the Cenote, and shopping in Playa del Carmen. The food at the the lunch stop was delicious. Due to the virus we weren’t able to hike the ruins or go on the Mayan beach but we would still recommend this tour. Be prepared for a long day, we got picked up at 7am and dropped off at 9pm.
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We love this your tour!
Maria_E, Feb 2021
Mayan Inland Expedition - Coba Ruins, Punta Laguna and Mayan family
We highly recommend this tour! Juan Carlos did such an amazing job and was very knowledgeable! He made sure we were taken care of and made our experience memorable. One of my favorite tours thus far! Thank Juan Carlos!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The archaeological site is vast, so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a fair amount of walking and at least a few hours of exploring.

  • The top of Nohoch Mul is inaccessible to visitors with limited mobility, but pedicab services are available onsite for tours around the ruins. The Coba ruins are one of the more accessible Maya sites in the area.

  • Restrooms can be found at the entrance to the ruins.

  • Bring insect repellent, sunglasses, and a sun hat.

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How to Get There

Coba is roughly 45 minutes by road from Tulum, traveling inland. If driving, take extra precaution at small villages that are known for their speed bumps. Several public buses also make the 3-hour journey each day, but you can save the hassle by taking a guided day trip, many of which include hotel pickup and drop-off.

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When to Get There

The archaeological site is open year-round. High season (December through April) brings sunny weather along with lots of visitors; go early to avoid the crowds that start pouring in at about 11am. Visit during the rainy season (May through October) for lower prices and fewer crowds, but be prepared to change your plans according to the weather.

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Can’t-Miss Sights Near Coba

The Yucatan jungle surrounding the Coba ruins is worth exploring on its own. Try combining a tour of the ancient city with a trip to cool off in a cenote, a limestone sinkhole filled with clear water that’s great for swimming, tubing, or kayaking. You can also explore the nearby Tulum and Chichen Itza ruins, try your hand at ziplining in the forest, or visit the Xel-Ha aquatic park.

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