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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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3,644 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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Coba Ruins, Cho Ha Cenote, Tulum and Paradise Beach Day Trip with Lunch Included
Coba Ruins, Cho Ha Cenote, Tulum and Paradise Beach Day Trip with Lunch Included
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$89.90 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Perfect Excursion
Absolutely wonderful!! I will recommend this excursion to many people. Enjoyed the Mayan/Mexican lunch!!!
Robin_W, Sep 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.
star-5
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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Very good
Mila_V, Aug 2021
From Cancun & Riviera Maya: Tulum, Coba, Cenote & Mayan Village Private Tour
Mayan Village impressed me the most, the way people leave and preserve the good of the nature. Also I liked how friendly they were. I’ll never forget this amazing experience.
star-4
Fun Experience
Mildred_J, Sep 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. He made sure we were hydrated and gave us suggestions on how to make the best out of our excursion. The only thing I wish was when we went shopping, we went to a store and didnt shop with the local people
star-5
Long day but worth it
Kirsten_D, Jul 2021
Chichen Itza, Cenote Ik Kil, and Coba Ruins Day Trip All Fees Included
Martin was a great tour guide and was very knowledgeable. It was a long day of driving but well worth it for the destinations. Coba and Chichen Itza were amazing. Ik Kil was impressive as well.
star-5
Great Chicken Itza tour
Karson_O, Jul 2021
Chichen Itza, Cenote Ik Kil, and Coba Ruins Day Trip All Fees Included
Martin and Joel were great tour guides! Martin had an abundance of knowledge about Mayan culture and history. He knew his stuff! Joel was weaving through traffic like it was nobody’s business. He was a great driver. Highly recommend this tour for people who are looking for a small to mid sized Chicken Itza tour.
star-5
Great Tour! Amazing Tour Guides
Natella_N, Sep 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
We had a misunderstanding with the pick up location but the company made it right and got it figured out. The trip was a lot of fun and our guide Ray made all the difference. We had a fairly small group in comparison to other tours which was nice. The tour was a lot of fun and everything was explained to us. Highly recommend!
star-5
Absolutely fantastic!
I_W, Jun 2021
Private Tour to Muyil Ruins, Tulum and Coba from Cancun
Fantastic tour!! There is nothing better than having your own personal tour guide who is extremely knowledgeable with the culture and history. You can take your time and go at your own pace. Great ruin combination!! Thank you for a truly memorable experience!!
star-5
Delightful day trip
Davor_M, Sep 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
The historical ruins of Tulum and Coba are truly breathtaking and we learned a lot about Mayan history. Finishing the day off at the cenote to cool off was the cherry on top. Oscar was an excellent tour guide!
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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
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 🤩

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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