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Tulum and Coba: Full-Day Archeological Tour with Lunch

1. Tulum and Coba: Full-Day Archeological Tour with Lunch

Spend the day discovering ancient Mayan archaeological sites on this guided tour of Tulum and Coba. Swim in a sinkhole and enjoy free time for taking photos. After being picked up in the lobby of your hotel by a certified guide, start your tour and receive an introduction to Mayan culture on the way. Make your first stop at Coba, the tallest pyramid in México, where you can take in an incredible view of the area.  Swim in natural cenotes (sinkholes) and relax in the refreshing water. Finish the day at the Tulum Archaeological Zone, an impressive Mayan city built on the coastline. Enjoy a guided tour through the area and free time to explore and take pictures.

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From Cancún: Coba, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

2. From Cancún: Coba, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

Discover the Mayan Riviera first-hand on a guided tour of the region. Swim in the clear waters of a cenote, and marvel at an old Mayan city, among other local natural and cultural wonders. Begin your tour with a visit to Tulum, an old Mayan city built on the seashore. Marvel at its vestiges, including El Castillo, El Templo de Los Frescos, and its beautiful white sand beach. Next, discover Cobá, a hidden Mayan town, now in ruins, boasting the tallest pyramid in the entire Yucatán Peninsula. Climb up to the top to admire the sprawling jungle surrounding you and marvel at its sounds. Stop for a buffet lunch along your tour and taste local delicacies. Afterwards, head to the Cenote La Gloria, an other-wordly natural underground sinkhole filled with crystalline water where you can swim. End your Mexican tour with a visit of Playa del Carmen, a vibrant city in the Caribbean - a perfect spot for some shopping.

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Tulum: Cobá, Chichén Itzá, & Valladolid Day Trip with Lunch

3. Tulum: Cobá, Chichén Itzá, & Valladolid Day Trip with Lunch

Journey to the sacred archeological sites of Cobá, Valladolid, and Chichén Itzá on this action-packed trip through Yucatan and Quintana Roo peninsula. Leave bright and early from your ideal starting point in Riviera Maya, and beat the crowds to truly take in the majesty of each landmark. Head to Cobá first, whose ruins date back to 100-300 B.C. Learn about the significance of the 5 nearby lakes, and appreciate the striking architecture of the vast stone structures. Trek to the top of Nohoch Mul to be rewarded with beautiful jungle views. Venture deeper into the jungle to reach the city of Valladolid. Stroll through the colorful streets before chowing down on a Mexican buffet lunch. Relax at the mystical Cenote Saamal, the perfect place for a swim and some dazzling photos. Save the best for last by visiting Chichén Itzá, one the Seven Wonders of the World. Feel lost in time in the lovingly-kept pyramids, and discover the genius of the city’s unique structures. Take time to rest and reminisce on your drive back to home.

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Cancun: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 30+ Attractions

4. Cancun: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 30+ Attractions

Get free entry to over 30 attractions in Cancun and Riviera Maya and save up to 50% compared to buying individual attraction tickets with this easy-to-use digital pass. Purchase a 3, 4, 5, or 7-day pass and enjoy one premium activity, including manatee and dolphin encounters, Xcaret Park admission, and a Chichen Itzá, Cenote & Valladolid Day Trip. Take to the skies on a parasailing adventure, hop aboard a catamaran to Isla Mujeres, snorkel the reef at Puerto Morelos, climb the highest pyramid in the Mayan Riviera on a tour of Coba, and much more. Attractions and tours included: • Columbus Romantic Dinner Cruise with Steak or Vegetarian Food • Parasailing Adventure in Cancun • Royal Garrafon Natural Reef Park Adventure • "Get Up and Go" Catamaran Sail to Isla Mujeres • 1-Day Avis Car Rental • Textures of Mexico: Cancun Street Food & Art and Local Market Day Tour • Tulum Express Tour with Hotel Pickup • Reef, Turtle and Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour • La Gran Rueda Cancun "The Wheel" • Interactive Aquarium Cancun • Isla Mujeres Discovery Sailing Trip • Ventura Pass at Ventura Park • Extreme Canopy Tour at Selvatica Park • Shopping Tour in Cancun • Shopping Tour in Playa del Carmen • Extreme Adventure Puerto Morelos Snorkel • Coba and Cenote Swim Tour with Lunch • Snorkel Native Park Admission • Jungle Maya Native Park Tour with Lunch and Hotel Pickup • Dancer Cruise Cancun with Snorkeling • Full-Day Tour to Ek Balam & Cenote Maya with Lunch • Paradise SubSee Excursion at Paraiso Nizuc • Snorkel in Musa Nizuc plus Subsee Experience • Frida Kahlo Museum Riviera Maya • Underwater Museum Snorkel at Paraiso Nizuc • Moonlight Bioluminescence Snorkeling Tour • 2-hour Open Bar at Señor Frog’s • Jungle Tour Speedboat with Aquabounce Tour • Chichen Itza & Valladolid Roundtrip Transportation Choose 1 premium attraction (3+ day passes only): • Xel-Há Park All-inclusive Entry • Xcaret at Night Park Admission • Extreme Adventure Park All-Day Combo Tour • Manatee Encounter with Lunch in Cozumel or Isla Mujeres • Dolphin Encounter with Lunch, Maroma Beach Club Access, and Transportation • Chichen Itzá, Cenote & Valladolid Day Trip Check the included digital guide for the most up-to-date list of attractions and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass.

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From Cancun and Riviera Maya: Tulum, Coba, and Cenote Tour

5. From Cancun and Riviera Maya: Tulum, Coba, and Cenote Tour

Depart Cancun and travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to the ancient city of Tulum, famous for its views of the Caribbean Sea. Explore the remains of the Mayan settlement and walk down to the beach. Learn the history of one of the largest cities built by the Maya civilization. Continue to the pre-Hispanic city of Coba to visit the majestic Nohoch-Mul Temple, one of the tallest structures on the Yucatan Peninsula. Climb to the top of the 138-foot structure for panoramic views. Lastly, cool down in a sacred cenote before strolling along 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen on the way back to Cancun.

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Cancún/Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itzá, Ik Kil and Coba Tour

6. Cancún/Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itzá, Ik Kil and Coba Tour

Enjoy a guided tour from Cancun to two fascinating archaeological sites: the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Coba. Chichen Itza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Discover its majestic temples, like the iconic Pyramid of Kukulkan. You’ll discover a very different site at Coba, still mostly hidden under the jungle flora. Climb to the top of Nohoch Mul, the tallest pyramid in the region. This tour also includes a swim in a sacred cenote. The fresh waters of Ik Kil will refresh your mind, body, and spirit.

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Tulum & Coba & Cenote Full-Day Excursion

7. Tulum & Coba & Cenote Full-Day Excursion

First stop is Tulum, the ancient Maya city perched on a cliff overlooking the Mexican Caribbean sea. Your expert bilingual guide will share fascinating information about the archaeological site, its importance in history and the day to day life of its inhabitants at its peak. Hear all about the past cultures and the theories of their demise. Next up is a visit to the Hidden Treasures for a swim in the refreshing waters of Cenote La Gloria. Cenotes are unique to the Yucatan Peninsula, natural sinkholes in limestone caves that were sacred to the ancient Maya people. You will then savor an authentic regional lunch buffet to recharge for the last stop of the day. The last part of this incredible journey is a guided tour of the Coba Mayan ruins. Still mostly hidden beneath the jungle foliage, Coba is the site of the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan, climb to the top for out of this world views. Hear from your guide about the discovery of this site. Admire the boundaries nature and man-made structures and the jungle bonds with the ruins. 

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Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum Private Tour with Lunch

8. Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum Private Tour with Lunch

Discover the cradle of the ancient Maya civilization on a private tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichen Itza. Marvel at the main monuments, such as the Kukulkan pyramid temple and the columns of the Temple of a Thousand Warriors. Learn more about their ancient beliefs at the observatory of El Caracol temple and other attractions. Then, cool down in one of the sacred underground swimming holes at the Ik-Kil cenote. Enjoy a buffet lunch before visiting the Lost City of Coba. Explore the network of temples by pedicab, and climb the tallest pyramid temple on the Yucatan peninsula for panoramic views of the rainforest.   End with a visit to the archaeological site of Tulum. Admire the main monuments of the only Maya ruins in Mexico located on the side of a cliff. Get stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and feel the soft white sand between your feet.

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From Cancún: Coba Cultural and Adventure Tour

9. From Cancún: Coba Cultural and Adventure Tour

Explore one of the ancient Mayan cities of the Yucatán Peninsula on an afternoon tour from Cancún and marvel at the impressive monuments after the heat of the morning sun. Benefit from pickup at your hotel, and then drive in air-conditioned comfort to the archaeological site of Coba near Tulum. Upon arrival, climb the largest of the impressive Nohoch Mul temple pyramids and cycle the trails with your guide. Learn more about the ceremonial life of the Late Classic Period and discover the highlights of the discoveries. Then, choose from two options to suit your preferences. Glide over the jungle canopy on the zip lines and swim in one of the sacred sinkholes of the Mayan civilization at a cenote. Alternatively, learn more about the Mayan life at an authentic village and take part in a workshop to learn how to make traditional crafts to take home. End with a dinner show and wine in front of the lagoon.

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Cancun: Coba Ruins Self-Guided Tour

10. Cancun: Coba Ruins Self-Guided Tour

Your walking tour of the Coba Ruins begins, appropriately, at the site’s entrance. As you enter and get your first look at the place, you will hear the story of how this astonishingly advanced civilization rose and fell. You’ll also learn some of the little-known facts about the unique trees found in these ruins, and what importance they held in ancient Mayan society. The first major landmark you’ll come to is a ball court. Unlike in other sites, this one was likely used for ceremonial purposes, to depict a struggle between dark and light. Then you will move on to La Iglesia Pyramid. If you look closely, you might be able to see some residue from the paint which once coated this entire pyramid. A little farther down the path is the Crossroads Pyramid, an example of an unusual twist on the usual Mayan architecture. As you walk, you’ll notice the surprisingly intact network of ancient roads crisscrossing the site. These roads were actually hugely important to Mayan cities, and have a lot to say about life over a thousand years ago. The next major landmark is the Pyramid of the Painted Lintel. This impressive limestone structure was once painted in bright colors, and you can still find traces of those colors on the pyramid. As you pass the second ball court, which was used for the game in a more traditional way than the first, you’ll learn all about the religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Mayans, as well as the infamous calendar by which they tracked the passage of years. Finally, you’ll find yourself at the foot of the Nohoch Mul Pyramid, the second-largest Mayan pyramid in the entire world. But what’s better than admiring a pyramid-like this from the bottom? Climbing to the top! Scale the 120 steps and survey the Coba Ruins from a whole new perspective.

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What people are saying about Coba

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 811 reviews

Both my sister and I enjoyed how knowledgeable both our guides Luis and Martin were with the historical background on the ruins at both Tulum and Coba. Luis, especially, made the ruins come alive in the way he described the history of the Mayans with information and his many examples in explaining how, for instance, the Mayan calendar was used in determining seasons. He and Martin were also very patient with my sister, helping her along the way, as she has trouble walking due to knee injuries. The Mayan history was very interesting to both me and my sister, as our father is from Guanajuato and we're always interested in learning more of our background and nationality. My sister was especially thrilled with talking with Luis about the things she has read on the Mayan history versus what he actually spoke of as truths of what really transpired with the Mayans.

Edwin and Manuel were excellent hosts. Manuel was a safe driver and we were picked up bang on-time. Both were lovely and we were given water at every stop. Edwin was extremely knowledgable, I feel like I learnt a lot but at no point was the tour boring! Saw some amazing sights especially Coba (underrated!) and overall had a brilliant time. Mexican hospitality is so friendly and they made us feel welcome and comfortable to ask any questions that we had. Would not hesitate to book another tour with Edwin, we had a great time. 10/10

The right guide makes all the difference in the world. I've been on many different tours and I have to say that Servando is one of the best guides I've ever had. Incredibly knowledgeable, warm, engaging and extremely patient. Everything you want in a great guide.

Incredible sights and very knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides. Highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting to get a better feel for Tulum and its history.

Good organization, everything went well. Nice guides. But you should understand English to some extent.