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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
star-4.5
$89.90 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Juan is Awesome
Juan was an awesome guide. You can tell he truly loves what he does and wants to share his wealth of knowledge with his customers.
Christine_R, Oct 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
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
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
Beautiful places
Helmaraina_M, Oct 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
Raymond and his crew were so awesome and Tulum, COBA and Cenote was so beautiful. I definitely recommend and don’t forget to tip. I was happy they waited for me because I missed my shuttle.
star-5
Jam Packed Day of Fun
Keryn_D, Oct 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
Had such a positive experience! It was a long day but definitely worth it. Our tour guides were Tomas, Luis, and driver Fernando- all of which were excellent and knowledgeable. The communication from the guides was great and each stop was exciting to visit. Definitely would recommend this tour when staying in Cancun!
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
Very well organized. a...
DanDang, Sep 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
Very well organized. a lot of fun the tour guys, pastor is very helpful and polite. Strongly recommend the tour to anyone planning an excursion trip in Cancun
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
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
Great Excursion
Stephanie, Sep 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
Exactly what was described. Raymond, Luis and our driver were awesome. Describe everything we were doing, kept us on schedule, and provided lots of details about each of our stops. Overall it was a really great excursion with wonderful guides
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.

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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