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Cancun: Coba Ruins Self-Guided Tour

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

Cancun: Coba Ruins Self-Guided Tour

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

From US$ 8 per person

Climb an ancient Mayan pyramid on this self-guided walking tour of the Coba Ruins. This archaeological site is rich with history and mystery, and this tour will help you discover it all at your leisure.

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Valid 365 days
from first activation
Audio guide included
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Uncover the secrets of an ancient civilization which has fascinated archaeologists for centuries
  • Scale an ancient Mayan pyramid at one of the last remaining sites which allows visitors to climb these stairs
  • Walk the ancient streets of a long-lost city
  • Learn the secret meanings behind the animal imagery used in ancient Mayan artwork
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Self-guided tour taken via Action Tour Guide app
  • 19 historical stories/narrations along the walk.
  • Unique password (sent by email) for access
  • Live GPS map on your phone
  • Offline functionality
  • Audio narration
  • Written text explanations
  • Route from stop to stop
  • List of stops along the route
  • Entry to paid attractions
  • Vehicle rentals
  • Food or drinks
  • Transportation
  • Parking
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

This is a self-guided experience and not an entrance ticket. It begins at Carretera Federal Tulum 307, 77793 Coba, Q.R., Mexico. Be sure to check your email before you begin to download the Action Tour Guide app, enter your unique password, and access your tour. These steps require good data/wifi. From there, simply follow the audio instructions and the route. Have questions? Visit Action Tour Guide’s Help page: https://actiontourguide.com/faq/

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Headphones
  • Charged Smartphone
  • Power bank

Know before you go

  • This is a self-guided tour; no guide will accompany you. The Action Tour Guide app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map.
  • After the booking, you will receive an email with a link to the Action Tour Guide app and a unique password to access the tour within the app
  • This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists
  • Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms
  • This tour is valid forever, from the moment of booking. You will not need to change the booking if your travel plans change

Product ID: 404749