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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: Cobá, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

3. From Cancún: Cobá, 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 tour from Cancún 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. This is one of the most photographed sites in the Riviera Maya. Next, discover Cobá, a Mayan city boasting the tallest pyramid in the entire Yucatán Peninsula. Tek through the sprawling jungle surrounding you and marvel at its sounds, aromas, and natural beauty. Your guide will enlighten you with magical tales of an ancient culture as you explore. Stop for a buffet lunch and taste local delicacies. Enjoy a regional lunch buffet of Yucatán specialties. Spice up your day with a taste of the special habanero salsa if you are feeling brave. Dive into a truly magical experience with a swim in a cenote in the Riviera Maya, an otherworldly natural underground limestone sinkhole filled with crystalline water. 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.

Tulum & Coba & Cenote Full-Day Excursion

6. 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 Kuxtal 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.

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

7. Cancún/Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itzá, Cenote and Coba Tour

Discover the fascinating world of the ancient Maya in this exclusive tour with an expert bilingual guide. Visit three of the top attractions in the Yucatan Peninsula – Chichen Itza, Coba, and the Saamal cenote for a full immersion into the history, culture, and nature of the region. Start with a journey in an air-conditioned vehicle. Meet your guide and driver who will ensure your safety and comfort as you travel to Yucatan. Enjoy a lunch box snack and the scenery of the jungle passing by as you make your way to one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Tour Chichen Itza what your ticket that gives you full access to this UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Witness majestic temples including the iconic Pyramid of Kukulkan. Follow your guide who will regale you with incredible stories of this ancient city. Explore a very different site with a guided tour of the Coba Mayan ruins, still mostly hidden under the Yucatan jungle flora. Trek through the lush jungle and discover the ball courts and the impressive Nohoch Mul pyramid, the tallest in the Yucatan Peninsula. Stop for a swim at the nearby sacred cenote of Saamal. Rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit in the fresh waters of this jungle oasis before making the return trip back to Cancún or Playa del Carmen.

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.

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

9. From Cancun and Riviera Maya: Tulum, Muyil and Cenote Tour

Discover two of the fascinating Mayan sites in the Riviera Maya, swim in a stunning cenote, and enjoy some free time in the charming town of Playa del Carmen. After a thorough guided tour through the well-preserved pre-Columbian buildings of the Tulum ruins, like El Castillo or The Temple of the Descending God, you will have plenty of free time to explore the site on your own. Take nice photos, Tulum is by far one of the prettiest archaeological sites in the world, overlooking the Mexican Caribbean Sea. After exploring Tulum, you'll take a journey into the jungle to the Muyil Mayan ruins site where you will see the tallest pyramid in the region, Nohoch Mul. Learn about local customs and Mayan history. Then, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch of regional specialties. Swimming in a beautiful cenote is then the cherry on top of your day trip. After your refreshing swim, head to 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen for shopping and people-watching, before heading back to Cancún.

Quintana Roo: Tulum, Cobá, Cenote, Playa del Carmen & Buffet

10. Quintana Roo: Tulum, Cobá, Cenote, Playa del Carmen & Buffet

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 976 reviews

The trip was amazing and Hugo the guide was very knowledgable about the Mayan culture. We were picked up at 9am and back for 4pm which was perfect timing. There was plenty of time at each location and we were not rushed through any parts of the day. The 3 course menu was beautiful and it was great to see the Mayan village. I would throughly recommend this trip to everyone.

Brilliant tour - especially the bicycle around Coba. Guide was Pastor and brilliant. A lot of history of the city Tulum/Coba and Cenote, history of the Maya. I recommend them 100%% Thank you. Everything is safe

Guide was very helpful and friendly. Looked after us like we were family. Long day but definitely worthwhile and good value for money and understood our needs.

Great experience, very educational but more time at coba would have been great. Best cenotes ever visited!

Tons of learning and fun activities packed into one day without being too rushed.