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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)

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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$99.90 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great day for a very reasonable price
Hugo was a great tour leader. He had a great depth of knowledge about the Mayan history and traditions with some wonderful stories to explain their beliefs. Beware if you have mobility issues there is a great amount of walking. Very steep and many steps down to the Cenote and two long walks to the ruins. However in Coba there are two person passenger pedaled bikes that will take you around the ruins for $8.
Cindy_W, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Tulum

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Ruins day trip and swim.
Sergey_S, Jan 2022
Coba Ruins Day Trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya
In Dec2020 Coba ruins were closed for archaeological work. This tour took me to Tulum riuns, Muyil riuns and Coba cenote. Tour guide Selene is really professional and knowledgeable on the subject of Mayan civilization and answers all the questions. Cenote is under ground. Clean, fresh water, lots of space. It has two platforms for jumping if you'd like to add some adrenaline. The tour is a day trip and includes the lunch with local delicious food.
star-5
Best tour for families!
Lindsey_N, Jan 2022
Tulum, Coba, & Cenote: Full-Day Tour
We had the best day full of adventure! Edwin was the best tour guide and made the trip so much more informational and interesting!!
star-5
Totally recommend !!!
William_S, Jan 2022
Chichen Itza, Cenote Ik Kil, and Coba Ruins Day Trip All Fees Included
Manuel and Ruben were very nice ! Ponctual at pick up. Manuel has a lot of knowledge about Maya’s culture. He shares lots of informations which are very interesting. Ruben the driver was very nice too, good driver. Completely recommend this tour it was a long day, but so many souvenirs !!! William
star-4
Fascinating Mayans
Claudia_K, Jan 2022
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
Mayan history was fascinating. Our guide was very informative. Only criticism is that trip details did not tip to bring a towel for cenote swim.
star-4
Beautiful cenote
Nakpangi_J, Dec 2021
Full-day Cultural tour to Tulum, Coba & Maya Village
The cenote was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen or experienced. And we had it all to ourselves!!!!! A must see!
star-5
Tulum and ruins tour with a swim
Chris_P, Dec 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
Mario was a wonderful driver and guide. We also loved stopping at the private Cenote and appreciated Enrique. The cliff jumping and zip lines are a must. Ended with a quick visit to Tulum. Great day
star-5
Amazing tour of 3 great places in Mexico!
Caitlin_D, Nov 2021
Chichen Itza, Cenote Ik Kil, and Coba Ruins Day Trip All Fees Included
This excursion was so amazing! It was a long day, but so worth it!! Manuel & Joelle were FANTASTIC! Snacks, water and lunch provided! I would bring additional snacks as like I said it's a long day. Manuel was an EXCELLENT tour guide! Gave us lots of information and history! TAKE THIS TOUR OF YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY!!
star-5
Unique Cultural Experience
Pherrari_R, Oct 2021
Maya Adventure from Playa del Carmen: Coba Ruins, Traditional Village and Cenote Swim
Absolutely amazing experience. Alondra was an awesome tour guide with great knowledge and people skills. Although we ran into traffic on the way there we still had enough time to enjoy each location. Hard to choose my favorite part of this excursion. Will definitely do this again and other tours with all tour native!!
star-5
Two longs days of tours
Dawn_H, Oct 2021
Combo Mayan Ruins: Chichen Itza, Tulum, Coba, Cenote and Chocolate experience.
Great locations, guides and service. Just extremely long days back to back. Tours were provided by two different companies each day so kind of hard to remember which bus to look for. Two places you definitely need to visit.
star-5
You have to see it for yourself
Pri_H, Dec 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
This tour was so cool and informative! Our Guide Zeferini was really cool. My Fiancé said he reminded him of his uncle so he had a very warm and welcoming vibe.
star-5
Beautiful day
Caroline_A, Sep 2021
Mayan Inland Expedition - Coba Ruins, Punta Laguna and Mayan family
Beautiful tour with awesome explanation on the Mayan history. Highly recommend Mexican Kan company especially if you are traveling with a sustainable purpose.
star-5
Amazing
Kelly_M, Nov 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
The 3 guide yours was amazing showed us majority of everything very polite explained things to us. Very friendly highly recommended this tour and the cenote was amazing too

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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