The Coba ruins are sort of out in the middle of nowhere, so I felt like I had to take a tour to get to the site.I was not so enthused about a tour, however, because I had found the previous tours I had taken were too rushed. This turned out to be a similar experience.
I bought the tour from a website called 'Viator'. However, the tour company was Alltournative.
The Coba ruins were indeed beautiful and well worth seeing. However, I was disappointed with the limited amount of time given to spend there.
The website said we would have 2 hours to spend at the ruins... Not really.
- We were told we had to attend a talk of the guide. Well, by the time the guide finished his talk 45 minutes of our 2 hours was gone. And the talk did not concern the highest pyramid, which is what most people want to see, but rather was about other structures of lessor interest, near the entrance of the site.
- I expressed my concern for the limited amount of time available, and the tour guide insisted that I listen to the rest of his speech.
- The highest pyramid was a 2-kilometer walk from the bus, and it took about 20-30 minutes to walk to the pyramid and back. So basically, you had to speed-walk to the pyramid, snap a few hurried pics, climb up and down the pyramid as fast as possible (!!!), and speed walk back to the bus in the parking lot.
- There were numerous other ruins/structures in Coba and I had *no time* to look at them at all.
I think the tour company should give people a map to the site and let people have the entire 2 hours to look around the ruins as they wish.
Otherwise, the tour was fine.
Berney United States of ...
We enjoyed this tour. On our tour, we visited the shaman and cenote first, followed by a visit to a Mayan village and family. It was nice seeing and learning about Mayan customs, etc. The family was very nice. After this, we had a nice lunch with hot food. Then we drove to Coba. Coba is huge. You will not have enough time to see of it unless you buy a guide book and rent a bicycle there. Our guide was only able to give a small start to the visit because she had to give the talk in English and French. So, we rented bikes and bought a guide book. Then we were able to see all of the site before our van left. BTW, the climb up the ruins is easy compared with coming down. Wonderful view at the top.
Disappointing after visiting Chichen Itza. I expected our guided tour to show us more than a few places, but most of the stuff we were left to do ourselves. We did hire a ride to take us to the pyramid and that was well worth it, especially since it was raining pretty hard. We went because you are able to climb the pyramid, but I felt the rain made it too dangerous. The rain kept us from being able to take photos, as well.
- Had to take a bus to a meeting place in a mall, get off, wait for 45 minutes, then get on a different bus and go to the site.
- Tour was in both English and Spanish.
- Guide was decent but nothing special.
- Lunch was not very good.
- There was no zipline on our tour, just the cenotes.
All in all an ok experience. We typically have better luck with Viator's tours. I recommend going to Coba but maybe not on this itinerary through Viator.
Would have been better if not combined with the group on the adventure tour as more time was needed at the riuns.
The ruins were awsome. Pick up was great. But our guide looked depressed. He could barely talk or walk. Another guide would have been better.
You get more tour for your money than I was expecting. In the morning we took zip cable rides over a cenote, then canoed out to an underground cenote that people could swim in. The only disappointment was that the canoeing wasn't mentioned before the tour started so none of us had water tight bags to keep our cameras in. The organisers do take photos of you during this stage of the tour, but it costs $40 plus to purchase them. The meal was reasonable and there's no charge for drinks, but the open air setting of the cooking and eating does lead to a concern about the safety of the food. Once at the pyramid site there's a half hour tour of the some small pyramids / sports areas at the entrance, followed by the option of a mile’s walk, bike ride or peddle taxi ride to the main pyramid. The pyramid is impressive and easy to climb for any moderately fit person, but there's nothing to see other than this single pyramid and the surrounding forest. There are a number of small constructions lining the mile's path from the entrance, but it's unlikely you'll have any time to spend at these unless you limit your time at the main pyramid to 5 minutes. We had a fairly entertaining driver all the way, but there were times when we just left belongings in a bus parked in the middle of nowhere (which felt unsafe) and on the way back to the hotels in the evening we ran down some domestic dogs. The driver radioed it in to his controller, but he didn't stop. All the same I recommend this tour, and if you take a water tight bag you’ll be able to take photos of the underground cenote, the lake and the other scenery in that area.
Lydia S United Kingdom
Chose to visit Coba as it is much closer to the Riviera Maya than Chichen Itza and were pleased we did. A very impressive sight and really loved being able to climb the pyramid. The tour company was great, even calling our hotel the day before to re-confirm pickup time. The tour guide was fun and informative. Was a bit apprehensive about visiting the Mayan family as it seemed a little intrusive going into their house but it wasn't as bad as I thought. The lunch was really good and the driver was very generous with the cold drinks all day. The cenote was a disappointment as it wasn't underground, it was really just a small lake and we were made to wear ill-fitting life jackets which made it impossible to swim. Still, it's ideal if you don't like the enclosed spaces and bats in the proper cenotes, and great for cooling off at the end of the day. Overall it was an enjoyable trip and I'd recommend it for a good value day out.
The tour guide looked like she was not interested in her job. She was adamant to take rickshaw when majority of the group wanted to walk and she actually left the majority of the group on their own :)) Other than that this place is just an extension of places like Tulum and Chichen Itza but has one pyramid which tourists are allowed to climb. Despite that fact, i would not recommend this tour to anyone unless you are interested in history and want to explore everything in Cancun.
Went to see a Mayan family with a guide tour name Roberto. He was very helpfull and we enjoyed our trip. My wife left something we had bought from the Mayan fammily in the Van that took us and it disappreared. Will not travel with the Shady people again. This was not Roberto's fault since he took us in antoher Van.