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Collected from RIU Playacar at 6.50am by a minibus and taken to a filling station were we met other travellers, we then travelled to Coba, we arrived early enough and had a trouble free entry and given an in-depth commentary by the guide, we were then offered push bikes but we took the offer of been pedaled by a local lad for 100, and when the others caught up I believe we made the right decision,, hot and humid and pedalling bikes! we were then given the opportunity to climb the pyramid which I took which resulted in my leg muscles taking 3 days to recover!, please bear in mind it is HOT, then off to a restaurant, drinks were charged as extra, then off to a ceynote, overall a very good trip.
The experience on this trip was awesome. We learn so much of Maya history.
My daughter was happy with this trip.
Tulum park was big and was, so hot! Make sure to bring water, sunblock and hat. Go shooping here better.
Coba, waoooooo.... We walk a lot to see this beautiful place. We was able to climb and take pictures. Was raining by the time we got there, but we still had a blast.
Yes, you need to climb this place.
Luis, our guide was wonderful. Shared some interesting history and even received a shaman Mayan blessing. The cenote swim fit perfectly in between the Tulum and Coba ruins. The lunch was good too! We had a great time! Perfect balance between our guide and letting us explore on our own.
Florentio was a great guide and really gave us a personal experience and perspective. He and the driver were great and Coba was much nicer than Chicen Itza as there were not vendors every five feet bothering you when all you want to do is look at the scenery.
I went on the 26th and the tour guy was so awesome! Very nice, really informative. We rode bicycles to the Coba Ruins and it was so much fun bicycles were included! Got to climb to the top and saw an amazing view. Afterwards we cooled off at the Cenote. Which was beautiful in its self. Overall, the trip went very well. We all had a great time and I learned a lot! DEFINITELY recommend this tour!!! SO worth the money!!!
Our tour guides were great. We went to a mayan village and did a religious ceremony, ate homemade tortillas, jumped into a cenote. The lunch they severed was amazing. Then we went to Coba, make sure you bring sneakers for Coba. I also recommend taking the mayan limo to the main temple. It's a far walk. Great trip!
Doing what: Coba Ruins Day Trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya
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Wij vonden Coba geweldig, de gids die we in het park kregen gaf ons veel informatie. Na de rondleiding zijn we op de fiets door de jungle naar de Coba gegaan en daar de Coba beklommen eenmaal boven heb je een geweldig uitzicht over de jungle, maar heel mooi
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The tour was incredible! The repelling into the cenote, the zip lining, canoe ride, even climbing pyramid at the coba ruins! Everything exceeded my expectations and Eddie was an amazing guide. We laughed the whole time. Make sure to carry good walking shoes. I paid $30 for all my pics plus video
Highly recommend! Our tour guide was knowledgeable and easy to understand. I hope to visit again but without my 4 year old twins. The walking was too much in the heat for them and also for my husband that has a heart condition. The walk from the Tulum parking spot to the entrance was a bit lengthy but they did okay. The length of the park for Coba was too much for them as well but you could purchase the services of a bike rider to peddle you back to the end of the park and back. Cant wait to revisit!
This was one of the better tours that we took during our vacation. Pick-up was at our hotel in cancun. Then we traveled in a passenger van to the Mayan Village where some of the tour people split to do the adventure part. Zip-line and repel We toured the Mayan Village and was blessed by their Shaman before jumping into their Centote. Afterwards we went back and met up with the group and had a wonderful traditional Mayan lunch! Loved the Chicken! Food was fresh and well made! Next onto the Coba ruins where we had our Mayan tour guide educate us on the Mayan culture and history!
Doing what: Coba Ruins Day Trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya
My wife and I were both very happy in taking the Tulum and Coba Ruins tour and highly recommend. The guides were very informative and we had an wonderful time. We did really enjoyed stopping at the cenote but would have preferred more time shopping, eating, taking pictures and learning more history in Tulum and Coba areas. We will remember the experience forever and happy with the tour choice!
This is a great tour. Our tour guide was Luis, who is well informed and helpful. The Tulum site is beautiful. The ruins are not large, but it's right next to the ocean, and it's lovely. Quite crowded. The format is to tour with the guide, who gives an explanation of the different buildings and then you get a short period of time for photographs.
Afterwards, you get back on the bus and go to the lunch location. It's like a campground - there is a small enclosed kitchen with tables where you eat a buffet style lunch of tacos - chicken, and pork, rice and beans, and vegetables. It's a simple meal, but it's good. Afterwards, you can swim in the cenote limestone pool. It's not deep, and the water is very clear. Remember to bring your swimsuit and towels. The site doe not have towels for your use. There is also a small jewelry stand where you can buy silver jewelry made on site. Don't forget to bargain, it's part of the custom.
Afterwards, in the afternoon you go to Coba, which is another site in the jungle. The tour guide once again walks you around several of the main sites, and then the highlight is to climb the pyramid at Coba. This is the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan region and the only one that you can climb. It's not as big as Teotihuacan pyramids, but very enjoyable. The site is large - it's about 2 kilometers 1 mile or so from the entrance of the park to the main pyramid. The choices are walking, renting a bicycle 50 pesos I forget exactly, or renting a rickshaw 75 pesos I think where someone pedals you in a cart. In our group no one walked. We took one of the other 2 options. By the time you get to Coba, it's afternoon, so it probably makes sense to bicycle so that you can get there faster. It's quite hot here, even though there are trees. they have a small store where you can buy soft drinks and cold water. Outside of the park they also have souvenir shops.
All in all, it's a very full day and you will enjoy it.
We had a wonderful time. The guides were very knowledgeable at both sites. At Coba make sure you do take the tricycle to the ruins - with a young fellow doing all the work. It is a bit of a hike and gives you more time to climb the pyramid and explore.
Brilliant tour. We were picked from our hotel by Sergio and we drove in a lovely air conditioned van. Sergio has an excellent grasp of Mexican history and enlightened us on the history of Mayan Civilisation along with that Tulum and Coba. The sites are wonderful and different. Definitely recommend.
Doing what: Private Tour: Coba and Tulum Ruins from Cancun
Our first experience of the Mayan ruins, this was a long day but worth it. It was very hot so and there was not a lot of shad so make sure you take hats and sunscreen. Tulum was amazing to see, our guide spent quite some time explaining things to us. The cenote swim was great a lovely way to cool off and then Coba was great. It is quite a long walk at Coba but you can hire bikes and bike taxis, make the walk and climb the temple. It is quite hard going but worth it when you get to the top.
The tour picked us up at the Grand Mayan promptly at 7 am and we were very pleased with the entire tour and the guide, Oscar Osorio, who is wonderful. The early access is a wonderful idea and we had no crowds during any part of the tour. This is a tour you need to keep and keep Oscar also !!! The bike ride thru the Coba ruins was really fun and Oscar kept us entertained and educated the entire time. I highly recommend this tour
I thought this was a great overview tour. Carlos was one of the best tour guides I've ever had. He gave us so much background information on the Mayan civilization and Mayan language that it was almost a history and linguistics class combined. He's responsible for coordinating so much throughout the day that I have no idea how he maintains such a high level of energy and enthusiasm.
I call it an overview tour because you don't spend a whole lot of time at each stop Tulum, the cenote, and the Coba ruins, but it does give you a great idea of where you might want to explore further. You could probably spend a day at Tulum alone, and with 6,500 ruins to explore, you could make that an entire excursion. This tour is designed to give you a taste of each so you can decide if you want to come back and explore further.
What's not to be missed? Climb the pyramid at Coba! If it's physically possible for you to do so, climb that pyramid and check out the view. Coming down is actually worse than going up, and even if you're afraid of heights like me, the effort and view are worth it. You can make it up and back down in under half an hour, and you won't forget it.
Two other things I don't want to forget to mention. Our driver was Luis, and you may not think having a skilled driver is all that important, but a comfortable ride and a nice rest in between stops is very important so you're ready for the next activity. Luis knew every bump in the road and made it such a smooth, relaxing ride that I couldn't help but almost fall asleep every time we were in the van. Listening to Carlos' stories while being rocked to sleep by Luis was like hearing a bedtime story from my grandfather.
The lunch served at the cenote was also wonderful. It was a relatively simple meal of customary foods, but it was served so graciously and preceded by a Mayan ceremony granting permission to enter the cenote. I have such gratitude and respect for what they provided. Thank you.
Early access is definitely the best way to see these ruins. In both cases, we were finishing up our tours just as the crowds were arriving. Coba was our first tour, and there was only ourselves and one other couple. We arrived just as the gates were opening, and the sun was starting to peek over the trees. It was absolutely magical walking through the ruins with only the birds calling overhead. After our time at Coba was up, we were taken to a local cenote for a swim. This particular cenote was completely underground, and deep enough that platforms were provided at various heights to jump in if you dared. Once our refreshing swim was over, we were taken to a lovely local restaurant in Coba village for a buffet lunch overlooking the lake. A perfect relaxing ending to a perfect day. The next day was our tour of Chichen Itza. Frank, our tour guide, is passionate and knowledgeable about his heritage. Again we arrived before the crowds, a blessing because approximately 12,000 people visit the city every day. Frank made sure that we didn't miss a thing, and answered every question patiently and with good humour. He allowed us a large block of free time to wander the ruins by ourselves, but all too soon, our 3 hours was up. What made it easier to leave were the thousands of sightseers we suddenly realized were now around us, when we had had the entire city to ourselves earlier. We found Amigo Tours the company running the tours to be well organized in picking up their guests and sorting them onto their various buses for various locations for the day. We were well cared for on both tours, and would do this again in a heartbeat!
This tour was exactly what we were looking for during our vacation in Playa del Carmen. We wanted a chance to tour Mayan ruins, but didn't want to give up a ton of beach time while we were away from our resort. The tour picked us up at 7am and we were back by 2pm! Never did we feel rushed, and since we only had one other person with us, we could go at our own pace. Climbing Coba was an experience I'll never forget, and you get the opportunity to learn so much history from the archeologist! I was unsure about the cenote swim- but ended up loving it! Even if you aren't a big swimmer, go down into the cenote just to see the views- amazing! The authentic Mexican lunch was very good, too! The only downside we had was that our driver did not speak any English, but he was very resourceful using his phone translator, calling another driver over speaker phone in order to communicate when needed. All our other tour guides in Coba spoke perfect English! Highly recommend this excursion!
Awesome tour. Our Archaeologist, Alberto, was very knowledgeable and interesting. All costs were included, lunch, entrance fees, rickshaw bicycles. Alberto spoke on the history of the Mayan culture as we travelled to the Coba Ruins. It was great being able to climb the ruins before people from the 5 buses did.
Please note....we found out that does not pickup at the lobby of our hotel Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda. There was confusion on whether pickup was at the lobby or gate. We mentioned this to the front desk and valet attendant. The driver, Israel, and Alberto were good enough to contact the hotel when we were not at the gate and then waited for us to walk out.
We really enjoyed this tour. I read the reviews of the 2 all-day tours and read quite a few stating they would have preferred 1/2 the time at both. While I agree that 1/2 a day at Coba was sufficient, my husband and I in our 30's with no kids would have preferred a full day at Xel-Ha. There was so much to do at Xel-Ha that we would have loved to have had more time to explore there and time to meet the dolphins and do the zip bikes. We chose the 1/2 day since we more or less thought it was more of a children's park, which it's not. There's plenty to do regardless of age. Both were great!
We booked the early morning Coba tour with Viator which contracted with -our group was led by archaeologist guide Marco and driver Julio. They were outstanding in every way. We stayed one step ahead of the crowd all day by biking between the different sites at Coba. The cost of the bikes was included in this tour. Marco was friendly and extremely knowledgeable and welcomed questions. He provided great information in a way that engaged the entire group including our youngest son, aged 7. He and the entire group was patient with our slower pace with the 3 kids, but still managed to keep us on schedule and ahead of the crowd. Climbing the pyramid was an amazing experience that we will never forget and the views were breathtaking. After Coba, our group went to a nearby cenote for a quick swim. There were changing rooms and showers to wash off the bug spray before going in the water. The water was clear and cold and very deep--there were two high platforms to jump from that the kids loved. Right after we finished, a huge group arrived while we had the cenote largely to ourselves. We then had a buffet lunch at a Ki-Janal, a restaurant right near the front gates of Coba. The food was authentic Mayan, and quite good. The staff was also amazingly kind to our sons who daringly and foolishly took bites of hot peppers--they provided all sorts of natural remedies--the limes with salt seemed to do the trick. A very worthwhile trip.
AMAZING!!!! Alfredo was knowledgable and patient with all of the people on the tour. It was a small group - so we got time to spend looking around the ruins, climbing the pyramid and of course photographing them. He gave us the option of the bicycle taxi as well. We did not take advantage of swimming in the cenote - but did go down to see it and watch the others swim. The buffet lunch was authentic and very good. Israel, the driver was the best one yet!!!
if you want to see Coba the right way - book this tour!!!
Excellent tour of Coba Ruins. The private, early entry tour was fantastic and well worth the very early morning departure from Cancun. The tour guide Marcos was very knowledgeable and provided a fantastic tour of the ruins at Coba. The added Cenotes pool diving was also well worth the money and was enjoyed by me and my two sons. I would recommend this tour to anyone.
This was a fantastic tour and well worth it. One word of warning- Your first confirmation email will list a 6.30am pick up time. Check your email the day before the tour as they will give you an updated pick up time once they know the locations and number of people in your tour. I didn't realize that, so we waited over an hour in the lobby for pick up. Not the fault of the tour provider at all. There was a driver and a separate tour guide in the van, so he spent a large portion of the drive telling us about Coba, the Mayan civilization and the Yucatan. It was complete with visual aids and very interesting and informative.
We were some of the first people to arrive at Coba, so we enjoyed quiet biking through the jungle on the Mayan roads. The bike rental is included. If you are physically unable to bike, there are people who can transport you via rickshaw. It's quite a way to the pyramids and other ruins.
You only have two stops- the ball court and the big pyramid. They allot you time to climb the pyramid, if you wish. Definitely worth it. By arriving early, there's barely anyone there. At the bike drop off point, there are more ruins and another pyramid to view.
Alberto was very knowledgeable and one of my favorite tour guides I've ever had. It was nice to have an expert scholar on the subject matter.
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