The Coba Ruins, built long ago—sometime between the years 500 and 900—lie deep in the heart of the Yucatan jungle. Visitors can rent bikes or hire rickshaws to travel among the knobby paths and thick forest that link the groupings of ancient pyramids and historic sites to one another. 

A climb to the top of the Nohuch Mul pyramid, the tallest in the Yucatan, affords visitors a spectacular (if nerve-wracking) view of the jungle, as well as the astronomical observatory and game courts that surround it. From this vantage point, travelers can also check out the Mayan’s version of an interstate highway: elevated roads called sacbeob, that lead from the ruins to other Mayan cities. 

Practical Info

Visitors can travel from Cancun to Coba by driving south on highway 307. Several public buses also make the 3-hour journey each day. Coba is located about 45 minutes from Talum and admission to the ruins is 57 pesos per person—about US$6. 

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Viator Exclusive: Coba Ruins Early Access Tour with an Archaeologist from Playa del Carmen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Beat the crush of crowds and explore Coba in peace on this early morning tour with an archaeologist guide — a Viator Exclusive that can't be booked anywhere ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.99

Cancun Super Saver: Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 40 Reviews

Reveal the mysteries of ancient Mayan civilization with this Cancun Super Saver, a full-day adventure to Tulum and Coba combining two best-selling tours at a ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 11.5 hours

From USD $106.99
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Coba Ruins Day Trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

Leave Cancun and Riviera Maya behind and take a day trip to the stunning Mayan ruins of Coba. Climb to the top of the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan peninsula ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.99

Cancun Combo: Xel-Ha and Coba Ruins in One Day from Cancun

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Discover the Mayan ruins of Coba and dive into Xel-Ha, a natural aquatic park, on this combo tour from Cancun – all in one day! Bike around the archaeological ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.99

Coba Ruins Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

Leave the beaches of Playa del Carmen and discover Coba, an ancient Mayan city in the jungle. Explore this large archeological site, scamper up the tallest ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.99

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