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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.

Riviera Maya: Cobá and Chichén Itzá Tour with Cenote & Lunch

2. Riviera Maya: Cobá and Chichén Itzá Tour with Cenote & Lunch

Journey to the sacred archeological sites of Cobá and Chichén Itzá on this action-packed trip through the jungles of the Yucatan 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 relax at the mystical Cenote Saamal, the perfect place for a swim and some dazzling photos. Savor a delicious buffet lunch during your adventure. Save the best for last by visiting Chichén Itzá, one of 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 home.

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

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

Discover the Mayan Riviera first-hand on a guided day trip from Cancún, with hotel pick-up and drop-off included. Swim in the clear waters of a sacred cenote, marvel at the old Mayan cities of Tulum and Cobá, and visit the coastal resort town of Playa del Carmen. Begin your Mayan ruins tour from Cancun with a visit to Tulum, an old Mayan city built on the seashore. Marvel at its incredible structures, including El Castillo, El Templo de Los Frescos, and the beautiful white sand beach kissing the turquoise sea. This is one of the most photographed sites in the Riviera Maya, the views are absolutely breathtaking. Next, discover Cobá, a Mayan city boasting the tallest pyramid in the entire Yucatán Peninsula. Most of Coba is still hidden under the lush flora, trek through the sprawling jungle surrounding you and marvel at its sounds, aromas and natural beauty. Your guide will show you the top Coba attractions and enlighten you with magical tales of an ancient culture as you explore. Stop for a buffet lunch and taste local delicacies.The local cuisine can NOT be missed but be careful, it is addictive! A regional lunch buffet of Yucatan specialties is a delicious part of your Mayan ruins tour from Cancun! Spice up your day with a taste of the special habanero salsa if you dare! Dive into a truly magical experience with a swim in a sacred cenote in the Riviera Maya, an otherworldly natural underground limestone sinkhole filled with crystalline water. Cenotes are unique to the Yucatan Peninsula and each one is unique, some in hidden caves with stalactites and stalagmites, others open to the jungle creating the perfect oasis for a refreshing swim. Conclude your Riviera Maya tour with a visit to Playa del Carmen, a vibrant city in the Mexican Caribbean - a perfect spot for some shopping, people watching and enjoying the chic 5th Avenue vibes.

Riviera Maya: Coba, and Mariposa Cenote Trip with Lunch

4. Riviera Maya: Coba, and Mariposa Cenote Trip with Lunch

Explore the archaeological ruins of Coba with an experienced guide, plunge into a refreshing cenote hidden by the jungle canopy. Follow your local guide through the culturally significant ruins, and then go to a Cenote for a swim in the aquamarine water. Fuel your journey with a local food on site. Last but not least, jump in for a refreshing swim in the clear waters of Cenote Mariposa, an impressive open cenote set amid the dense jungle. Close out the tour with a relaxing drive through the beautiful countryside on your way back to your accommodation.

Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum Private Tour with Lunch

5. 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.

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

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

Join a guided day trip from Cancún or Playa del Carmen to visit 3 popular sites on the Yucatan Peninsula – Chichen Itza, Coba, and the Ik Kil cenote. Stroll through the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, then head for a dip in a cenote followed by lunch. Continue your Mayan history immersion at Coba. Start your journey in the comfort of an air-conditioned minivan and head to Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Discover its majestic temples, including the iconic Pyramid of Kukulkan, with a guide. Next, discover a very different site at Coba, the remains of which are mostly hidden under the Yucatan jungle flora. Climb to the top of Nohoch Mul, the tallest pyramid in the region, and enjoy views of the jungle. Next, stop for a swim at the nearby sacred cenote of Ik Kil. Rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit in the fresh waters of this open-top sinkhole, before making the return trip back to Cancún or Playa del Carmen.

Tulum & Coba & Cenote Full-Day Excursion

7. Tulum & Coba & Cenote Full-Day Excursion

The 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 Cenote Zemway for a swim. 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 between nature and man-made structures and the jungle bonds with the ruins.

Cancun: Coba Ruins Self-Guided Tour

8. 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.

Tulum and Coba: Full-Day Maya Village Tour

9. Tulum and Coba: Full-Day Maya Village Tour

Upon arriving at the site, you can follow the paths to arrive at the highest temple there. From the top of this temple you will be able to enjoy breathtaking views of the amazing jungle that surrounds the site, with optional bike rental available at the site for your convenience. You will then take a 1.5-hour tour around Tulum, exploring this archaeological site. The site is one of the most impressive ceremonial centers of the area due to its seaside location, which makes it even more unique. You can learn about the Maya culture and history of this beautiful ancient city which was occupied in 1200, before admiring the beautiful Caribbean beach with its turquoise waters. You will then explore a Maya Village, with the opportunity to interact with the Mayas of this region as they share their customs and traditions. Be marveled by the life they have lived for generations, and get to know a typical Maya house and its lifestyle. You can also earn how this town has evolved with the arrival of ecotourism, and observe its current lifestyle and its economic and social growth. You will also have the opportunity to swim in a cenote here, as well as witness a traditional Maya ceremony. Finally, you can cross an imposing cenote by traversing an amazing suspension bridge, before enjoying a traditional Maya meal.

Quintana Roo: Tulum, Cobá, and Playa del Carmen Day Trip

10. Quintana Roo: Tulum, Cobá, and Playa del Carmen Day Trip

Discover natural and archeological treasures of Riviera Maya on this guided day trip. Choose your ideal starting point and set off to see the historical hotspots of Cobá and Tulum. See the evolution of a society as you walk the modern streets of Playa del Carmen, along the Caribbean coast. At Cobá you’ll find Nohoch Mul, the highest pyramid of the Yucatán peninsula. Race to the top or take it slow and steady, and take in the gorgeous view from the top. Learn about ancient ways of living in the region from your guide, and top it off with a dip in the tranquil waters of Choo-Ha cenote. Fill up at the buffet lunch, full of traditional and tasty foods, before heading to Tulum. With the majestic ruins and vast views of the Caribbean sea, it’s easy to picture the town’s origins as a major port. Relax with the sound of gentle waves and the feeling of the sun on your skin. Finish off the day at Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean shore. You’ll have some free time to walk the pedestrianized streets, visit its craft and designer shops, and soak up the unique atmosphere. Catch some time to rest and reminisce on your journey back.

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What people are saying about Coba

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 906 reviews

Fantastic experience, we had a lot of fun, between Tulum and Coba there is a lot to see if you are passionate about the Mayan world, then if you are lucky enough to have Tino and Luis as your guides then you will love them

Tulum was really cool and the Cenotes were insanely beautiful! One was in a straight up cave! The other was half under a cabe and half out. Very cool day! Make sure to bring cash for tipping!

My best friend and ai love this activity! Ray was an awesome tour guide! Time for everything! Awesome history to discover! Highly recommend!❤️

Muy buen tour a coba y Tulum, con Buena informacion en el transcurso explicando cosas sobre las zonas arqueologicas,muy recomendado

Frank and Coronado were fantastic - a long day but we’ll worth it , you see so much ! Would highly recommend.