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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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3,628 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
star-4.5
$89.90 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A great trip
Reuben the driver was excellent even took us around traffic on back roads to keep us on time ! Hugo is the best tour guide and has many interesting stories ! It was a lot of walking for me but was worth it!
Shelley_S, Aug 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
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.
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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
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
An incredible day!
Madeline_T, Sep 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
Seeing the Mayan temples up close, it was a bit of a disappointment to not be able to climb the stairs at Coba but our guide Raymond was impeccable and friendly, the Cenote was refreshing and a very great spot! I could have done without an hour spent in Playa Del Carmen, it's okay if you want to buy souvenirs but it is packed, so is the beach, uou onky have an hour there so not enough time to eat, but too much to shop, so for me not necessary.
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 and tour guides
Robert_F, Sep 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
Raymond was a great tour guide, the food was great and I would recommend to anyone visiting Cancun. Long day but worth it.
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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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
Great Historical Experience
Stephen_P, Aug 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
We got picked up at our Hotel in a very large Tour bus, it was awesome. Plenty of room, A/C, water on board and the Guide Celia and her colleagues spoke perfect English, were informative and extremely friendly! Once we got to the Ruins and the Cenote, again they knew there information and went out of their way to make sure we weren't hustled by the local vendors. We Loved this experience and would love to take our family next time!

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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