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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)

star-4.5
3,440 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

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Coba Ruins, Cho Ha Cenote, Tulum and Paradise Beach Day Trip with Lunch Included
star-4.5
$89.90 per adult
Excellent Tour with a lot of history
This tour was amazing. We were blessed with Jesus (the tour guide) and Javier (the driver). Jesus was very knowledgeable and happy to share about the rich culture of the archeology sites. It was just my son and myself and we felt so safe and protected the whole time. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the archeology sites. This tour was an all day event but definitely time well spent.
Sarah, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Tulum

star-4
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
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
Can't miss 7th Wonder of the World
theadmiraleq, Jul 2021
Chichen Itza, Cenote Ik Kil, and Coba Ruins Day Trip All Fees Included
Worth every dime. Highly recommend this cultural 1 day trip. Easy pickup/drop off from your hotel. Light breakfast snack, and a delicious lunch included at the Ik Kil Cenote. Jesus our guide, spoke english and gave us thorough history of Mayan/Aztec culture. Very safe. Please bring sandals, bug spray, change of clothes. Also bring cash as you can pickup some cheap souvenirs at Chichen Itza.
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.
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!!
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5 stars
Sean_T, Jul 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
Had an amazing experience! Ray was an excellent guide. The cenote was our favorite part. Coba was fun to explore
star-5
SO MUCH FUN
Tiffany_D, Jul 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
Our guide was fantastic. Very kind, chill, and knowledgeable. The sites were amazing. My favorite was swimming in the cenote.
star-5
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 🤩
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
star-5
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!

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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