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

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Coba Ruins Day Trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

This tour is probably the best way to explore not only the amazing Maya ruins of Coba, but also to catch a glimpse into the everyday life of the Maya people living in the low jungle of the Yucatan peninsula. Our driver and guide, Saul, who by the way, is super fun, picked us up at 7 and took us directly to a small Mayan community called Esmeralda. There, the shaman, Don Benjamin, performed a very beautiful and moving purification ceremony, in which he asked the gods for protection and permission, so that we could later swim in the local cenote. This cenote, about 14 meters deep, with clear, amazing water, is in the middle of the village and can be access through a wooden staircase. In is partially covered and partially open, so that the daring ones can choose to jump straight in, from a rock some 15 meters above. We were provided with towels, life vests and swimming floats.

After Esmeralda, we stopped at Laguna Chabela, an even smaller Mayan community, home to maybe 3 families altogether. There, we visited these hospitable people’s houses and kitchen. Dona Aurelia, the matriarch, was making corn tortillas and invited us to try some, which we gladly did, accompanying it with fresh made, spicy salsa.

During our tour of the Mayan communities, young boys kept snapping pictures of us, as part of a project. At the end of this part of the trip, you can purchase all the photos, from both locations, copied on a CD. We did, and are quite happy with our decision: not only did we get some 60 pictures of ourselves, but also amazing snapshots of the local flora, fauna and landscapes. We also got a recording of the purification ceremony.

A word of advice: if you want to buy a genuine piece of Mayan craftsmanship, make sure you visit the modest shops in these villages. What you can find here is not only authentic and cheap, but you know that by buying these objects, you are giving money directly to the community and not to some middlemen.
After this, we stopped for lunch, included in the trip price. We had very tasty local food and refreshments. From there, it was off to Coba, where a guide gave us a tour of the ruins. We left with plenty of time to rent bikes and go to Nohoch Mul. Climbing this very high pyramid is an amazing experience in itself, though not for the faint-hearted.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

Incredible - thank you. ~:D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Fantastic... Saul, our guide, was great. Amazing day trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

There is more to this trip than is quoted in the flier. We went to a Mayan village and a cave to swim. It was a very interesting day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

ABSOLUTELY AWESOME --WE WERE PICKED UP AND DELIVERED WITH PERCISE ACCURACY --EXTREMELY KNOWLEDEABLE AND A PASSION FOR THE MAYAN CULTURE. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS EXCURSION.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

This was an awesome tour. Our best day in Cancun for sure! The authentic Mayan lunch was a trip highlight and the cenote was amazing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2012

We loved it! There are 2 options for this trip- the adventure side- ziplining/repeling or visiting a Mayan house and mayan village. I t would be nice if viator had two options for booking this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2012

realy fun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2012

SUPER EXCURSION AND WORTH EVERY PENNY! WONDERFULL WAY OF GETTING TO KNOW THE MAYA'S AND THEIR CULTURE! SUPER SUPER GUIDE HUGO ("the Boss") WHO MADE THIS BECOME A SUPER DAY !!!!!

J.J.
Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2012

A very nice trip in a small group. It will be good if more then 2 hours visiting time will be provided at Coba (if you want enjoy the view you must walk in the jungle and after climb the pyramide!) The food in the Maya village was very good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2011

Best trip ever! But remember to bring your swimsuit because the cave is so pretty and you can swim!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2011

First, this was an excellent outing. The tour group was fantastic and kept the long day filled with fun and adventure.
Second, the description does not match the actual tour. The actual tour include zipline, repeling, Cenote, actual Mayan Shaman experience and much more. You need to update the description on your web site.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2011

Had an amazing tour guide by the name of Robbi who definitely made the trip even more amazing. Ruins were very interesting and fun to explore, as well as the hike and remote afterwards. Would recommend to anyone and return next visit to Mexico!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2011

A great trip but insufficient pretrip info (ie-no mention of adventure parts-hiking,kayaking,repelling and zip line)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2010

The ruins were great. I recommend renting bikes (only $3). When I did the tour, our guide took first to the cenote and then to the ruins. The ruins should be done first. After the work out at the ruins, the cenote would be a great relaxation.

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