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Coba, Tulum, Hilarios Cave and Playa Paraiso from Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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12 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more
Discover two significant archaeological sites with this guided tour of Tulum and Coba. Walk past restored ruins at the former Maya trading post then scale Nohoch Mul at Coba, the Yucatán Peninsula’s tallest... More
Discover two significant archaeological sites with this guided tour of Tulum and Coba. Walk past restored ruins at the former Maya trading post then scale Nohoch Mul at Coba, the Yucatán Peninsula’s tallest pyramid. Your full-day tour departs from Playa del Carmen hotels and includes a cenote swim and free time at the Caribbean beach of Playa Paraíso. Numbers are limited for a small-group experience.

Highlights

  • Tulum and Coba small-group tour from Playa del Carmen
  • Explore both archeological ruins with a professional guide
  • Climb 120 steps to the top of Nohoch Mul, the Yucatán’s tallest pyramid
  • Swim in Cenote Cho-Ha and relax at Playa Paraíso
  • Receive breakfast and a restaurant lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What To Expect

Itinerary
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Stop At: Zona Arqueologica de Coba, Coba 77793 Mexico

Cobá, considered one of the most important cities in Mesoamerican history. During its peak between
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Stop At: Zona Arqueologica de Coba, Coba 77793 Mexico

Cobá, considered one of the most important cities in Mesoamerican history. During its peak between 500 and 900 A.D., Cobá was home for about 50,000 inhabitants, and also the central terminus where the Mayan system of roadways interconnected. These
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Stop At: Zona Arqueologica de Coba, Coba 77793 Mexico

Cobá, considered one of the most important cities in Mesoamerican history. During its peak between 500 and 900 A.D., Cobá was home for about 50,000 inhabitants, and also the central terminus where the Mayan system of roadways interconnected. These raised stone paths, called saucebox connect the buildings of Cobá and also connect it to other Mayan cities. The longest one runs 62 miles (100 kilometers) and reaches the city of Yaxuna.

Coba’s main pyramid, Nohoch Mul, is the tallest in the Yucatan at 137 feet (42 meters tall). Walk around or ride to the pyramid, then climb to the top for see panoramic views of the surrounding jungle.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Cenotes Park Hidden Treasures, Carretera Tulum-Cancun km 115-116 Rancho la Teresita, Tulum 77780 Mexico

Once you’ve taken lunch, we’ll move on to the Hilarios Cave. Enter the cenote through a spiral staircase, emerging into a cave full of countless stalactites and crystalline water. A cool, refreshing dip in the mineral-rich water is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tulum Archaeological Site, Carretera Federal, Cancun - Chetumal Km 230, 307, Tulum 77780 Mexico

After an early morning pickup from your hotel, we’ll drive you to Tulum, an ancient Mayan city on a cliff overlooking the ocean. As your guide walks you through this 10th century city, you’ll admire its archaeological wonders such as Temple of Frescoes, the Temple of the God of Wind, and El Castillo.

Tulum’s uniqueness lies in its combination of historic ruins set against the backdrop of the crystal-blue Caribbean.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Playa Paraiso, Carretera Boca Paila Tulum KM 1.5, Tulum 77780 Mexico

The final stop before returning to Playa del Carmen will be Playa Paraíso, Tulum’s white sand beach, where the Mayan Riviera stretches 75 miles (120 kilometers) to the north and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve protects the area’s prolific aquatic life to the south.

Duration: 1 hour

What's Included

Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional guide
Lunch
Light breakfast (banana, cookies, and juice)
Bottled water
Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
The afternoon before to the tour we´ll provide to you the pick up time in your hotel lobby. If you are in an aparment we´ll provide the nearest meeting point to pick you up.

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Return Details

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Great Day Trip!
Sherpa30216624782
, May 2019
We had such an amazing time! This was such a good tour. We got a taste of Mayan history, beaches, and the Cenote was so cool! I would recommend this as a fun day trip for everyone staying in Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
Very Fun Day Trip
Roving29679763378
, May 2019
This tour picked us up from our Hotel and took us to meet our tour guide at a gas station. This was a little weird but we found that all travel in Mexico for excursions is different than what you would expect in the United States. Once we met our tour guide we transferred to another van and continued picking up the rest of the people in the tour group. You are given some cookies, a banana and water for breakfast but I still recommend eating before leaving if you can. Our first stop was Tulum which was an awesome place to visit. Our guide spoke in both English and Spanish and bounced between the two very fluently. He gave us about a 30 minute tour and then gave us about an hour to explore on our own which was fun. The beach was closed due to the very bad seaweed so we skipped that part of the tour. After Tulum we went to the cenote to swim. We had a private cenote for just our tour group in the middle of the jungle which was awesome and we had a lot of fun with the rope swing. Since we didn't do the beach they gave us extra time for swimming here. The buffet lunch was ok with some tacos, spaghetti, and other buffet foods. Our last stop was Coba. At the Coba site, there is some ruins close to the entrance but the climbing site is about a mile and a half hike. They do have bikes you can rent or you can have someone give you a ride for an extra cost. Climbing the Coba site was awesome, and if you are in good shape I highly recommend giving the climb a shot. There is a lot of driving time due to the location of the sights which is just a necessary evil. Overall it was a fun experience.
Underwelming Mayan ruins
Sightsee26684463389
, May 2019
Well, after seeing UXMAL, KABAH, Ek-BALM, & CHICHEN ITZA from Merida, we felt the tour is over priced with lesser ameneties and features. Tulam and Cobe is underwelming in comparison to any of the above attractions.
Good day out
BiancaHossain
, May 2019
We enjoyed our tour of Coba and Tullum. The driver was punctual and the minibus was comfortable, although the aircon wasn't entirely effective so don't over-dress. The guide gave us a basic overview of the history of these Mayan sites without overwhelming us with too much information. The sites are large and you could easily spend half a day at each, if not more. We had half a day for both plus travelling in between so the guide did well to condense the information to fit the relatively short time we had. He responded to questions well and was clearly knowledgable, although he had a disagreement with a Chilean couple who thought he was spending more time talking in English than Spanish so that put a bit of a downer on the day. As a group we chose to skip the trip to the beach as at this time of year it is covered in seaweed (which the guide explained is a recent phenomenon due to global warming). At Coba we were given the option of walking around the site (which the guide said would take too long), hiring bikes (50 Mex$ each) or hiring a tricycle (125Mex$ for 2 people + tip for the man powering it). The group has to travel together so if the majority choose to pay for transport any that don't want to will just have to go with it, so be prepared for the extra cost. The tricycle was good fun, efficient and meant we could save our energy for the temple climb. Breakfast was very light (as advertised) plenty of cold water is provided and lunch was good. In the afternoon we we given a choice of going into a cave or to a cenote, we chose cenote and were taken to one called Gloria. If I'm perfectly honest the cenote was a bit disappointing. We had a lovely cool swim and there were fish in the water but it was fairly small and not as glorious as I'd imagined. All in all we had a good day out, however by the end of it we were left feeling that the trip was overpriced based on local prices. We paid £72 each plus extra for the tricycle and tips for the driver & guide. The entrance fees were less than £10 in total, it didn't sound like the driver and guide were being paid very much, and I can't imagine that transport and administration account for the remainder so somebody else is getting the lions share of the profit. If you don't want to do too much planning yourself and are happy to accept that you might not be getting value for money by Mexican standards I'd say go for it anyway
A nice day trip
Guide20810518837
, Mar 2019
If you like smaller group but don't have the budget for private tour, then this is the one for you. Ours was a mini van of 4 groups of ppl, 8 adults, one teen and 2 little ones. Carmen was our guide, very knowledgeable and pleasant. We started in Playa del Carmen so the 6:40am pick up time was not too bad. We were then transported to a convenient store to switch some passengers and then started the tour. (no need to spend extra $$ to buy snacks in the store as cookies, banana and water/juice were provided, but we did anyway....) We started with Tulum before other tourist groups occupied the site and then headed to the beach. It was almost noon and was really hard, none of us went swimming but my son had some fun with the waves. The beach was unfortunately not as pretty as the one in Cancun as the beach front was occupied by seaweed. Then we went to cenote Choo-Ha. Nobody was there when we arrived! It is a fully underground cenote so it was kind of cold. We enjoyed it anyway (a little scary due to some areas were too dark and too cold for me and my son, though) since we had already been to Xcarat to experience the underground river. We then had our lunch at a local Mayan restaurant. Food was simple yet delicious. The bibli chicken was lovely and the dessert "papaya candy" was really good. Our last stop was Coba. We hired tricycle and visited the pyramid which is the highlight of this tour for us. We climbed the pyramid (our son was 5-yr old), which was not as terrifying as I anticipated, but still scary to see my little one climbing up and down. Didn't have much time to take pictures as the park was about to close. All in all, a very pleasant tour and would definitely recommend it.
Terrific tour!
Michele M
, Mar 2019
The tour was terrific. Our tour guide Sergio, was so knowledgeable and we learned so much about the Mayan and Mexican history.
Excellent day-trip
Sightsee58322008185
, Jan 2019
Sergio was an excellent guide of the Mayan ruins, cenote, and beach stop. He was very knowledgeable of the historical elements of the trip interpreting them into English so we could understand and appreciate. We even found a delicious local lunch stop near the Cobá ruins with very good Mexican cuisine. Our day was also more complicated than most given the intermittent rain throughout the day. Sergio customized the order of our visits so we were in the car or at lunch while it rained and we were dry when exploring!Carlos was an excellent driver of our tour van. We never waited for him and it was always extremely convenient getting back to the car from our destinations. Touring these popular tourist destinations with Sergio and Carlos was so much more enjoyable and efficient than we could have done on our own. We would certainly book another tour with them. Andy y Emma
Excellent trip to Tulum and Coba
Murli K
, Dec 2018
Excellent tour guide Tania Sollis. A ,must see on any itinerary to Yucatan. These places are unique and unlike the other temples. A lot of information on Mayan culture too
Our guide, Fransico, was fantastic...
Pami
, May 2018
Our guide, Fransico, was fantastic and knowledgeable. Coba was amazing, I learnt so much . We rented the rickshaw, which was really nice, so we could take pics while we were driven. It was especially nice to not have to get on a bike and paddle back after climbing up and down the pyramid in the hot sun. 1. Bring your own towel for the cenote swim. 2. Bring Pesos if you are going to buy souvenirs in Coba. BUT I found our hotel gift shop had a lot of the same things, for less. Everything about this tour was 5/5, until the very end. we went to a beach at the end where we could have pre-booked snorkeling, two of our group had done that. The rest of us had to wait at the beach. The seagrass is so bad that it leaves a smell So many boats coming in and out you can not swim right there Further down you could swim, but it was all locals so no one to watch our stuff while we swam, so we did not feel comfortable swimming. The beach chairs could be rented for a cost. There was a small bar, BUT to use the bathrooms there was a cost in pesos, and the toilets did not have seats. By this point were were tired and our feet sore, so we went and sat in the van and just waited to go home.
The tour was confirmed the afternoon...
diannecatherine
, Apr 2018
The tour was confirmed the afternoon before, and they came at a reasonable time to pick us up the morning of. Our driver was friendly and courteous. Sergio, our tour guide, was awesome. He provided a lot of information of not just the ruins, but the connection between the historical sites. He gave us with enough time to explore and take pictures, and at no time did we feel rushed. He always made sure that everyone was looked after, from waiting for the group to gather, to providing us with cool drinks in between site. He even provided bug spray to those who needed it. Thank you Sergio for making this a memorable one for us!

Product code: 29537P33

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