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Mayan Ruins of Coba (Zona Arqueológica de Cobá) Tours

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Mayan Ruins of Coba (Zona Arqueológica de Cobá)
In the heart of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula lie the ruins of Coba (Zona Arqueológica de Cobá), an ancient Maya city considered to be one of the most important settlements in Mesoamerican history. During its peak between AD 500 and 900, Coba housed 50,000 residents and was the central terminus for the complex Maya system of roadways. The jungle site is still being excavated, but visitors can experience the already discovered remains of these sacbes, or stone causeways, as well as a number of engraved and sculpted monuments.

The Basics
The Coba ruins are an easy day trip from Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Tulum, and the Riviera Maya. Visitors can stroll or bike past two ball courts and the roads that once linked major Maya cities, and climb 120 steep steps up Nohoch Mul (the tallest ancient pyramid on the Yucatan Peninsula) for panoramic views of the lush Mexican jungle. Take a small-group or private tour of the ruins to gain deep insights into ancient Maya culture, or beat the crowds with an archaeologist-led, early-access tour of both Coba and Chichen Itza. If you’re feeling adventurous, combine your visit with a cenote swim, a snorkeling excursion, or a visit to an authentic Maya village.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The archaeological site is vast, so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a fair amount of walking and at least a few hours of exploring.
  • The top of Nohoch Mul is inaccessible to visitors with limited mobility, but pedicab services are available onsite for tours around the ruins. The Coba ruins are one of the more accessible Maya sites in the area.
  • Restrooms can be found at the entrance to the ruins.
  • Bring insect repellent, sunglasses, and a sun hat.

How to Get There
Coba is roughly 45 minutes by road from Tulum, traveling inland. If driving, take extra precaution at small villages that are known for their speed bumps. Several public buses also make the 3-hour journey each day, but you can save the hassle by taking a guided day trip, many of which include hotel pickup and drop-off. 

When to Get There
The archaeological site is open year-round. High season (December through April) brings sunny weather along with lots of visitors; go early to avoid the crowds that start pouring in at about 11am. Visit during the rainy season (May through October) for lower prices and fewer crowds, but be prepared to change your plans according to the weather.

Can’t-Miss Sights Near Coba
The Yucatan jungle surrounding the Coba ruins is worth exploring on its own. Try combining a tour of the ancient city with a trip to cool off in a cenote, a limestone sinkhole filled with clear water that’s great for swimming, tubing, or kayaking. You can also explore the nearby Tulum and Chichen Itza ruins, try your hand at ziplining in the forest, or visit the Xel-Ha aquatic park. 
Address: Coba, Mexico
Admission: $6
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Skip the Line: Coba Ruins Entrance Ticket

Booking skip-the-line tickets to the Coba Ruins means you’ll save time, heading straight into the sprawling, jungle-fringed ancient site. You can climb the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula, rent a bike for an excursion through the Maya city, and watch for monkeys and other wildlife at the edge of the jungle. Since guides are available onsite, pre-booked admission gives you the option to decide upon arrival if you’d prefer to explore on your own, or opt for a guided visit of the Coba Ruins.
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Cancun Super Saver: Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch

Discover the essence of ancient Mayan civilization on this full-day excursion to Coba and the Tulum ruins. This Cancun Super Saver takes you to explore Tulum's ruins with an expert guide, then jump into a rejuvenating underground cenote. Tour Coba, a once-thriving Mayan village deep in the rainforest. Enjoy Yucatanean specialities at a buffet lunch and round-trip transportation from your Cancun hotel.
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Viator Exclusive: Coba Ruins Early Access with Cenote Swim & Lunch from Cancun

Explore the ancient ruins of Coba, including early morning access with an archeologist guide. Take this Viator exclusive tour, which can't be booked anywhere else, to discover one of Mexico's most spectacular ruins during this all-day excursion. Enjoy lunch and round-trip transportation from Cancun hotels. Climb Nohoch Mul, the tallest pyramid on the Yucatán Peninsula while learning about one of the largest settlements during the Classic period from your knowledgable guide. Swim in the refreshing waters at Aktun Chen cenote to cool off.
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Coba, Cenote Swim & Lunch Buffet from Playa del carmen

Escape the tourist crowds and explore the atmospheric Coba ruins in peace during an early access Coba ruins full-day tour from Playa del Carmen. On this Viator Exclusive tour, discover the ancient Mayan city of Coba with an expert archeologist guide and gain in-depth knowledge of the site. Ascend to the summit of the Yucatan’s highest pyramid and enjoy a refreshing swim in a secretive underground cavern. Lunch, cenote entrance fees, and round-trip transportation from your Playa del Carmen hotel are included.
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Cobá Half Day

Take a break from urban Cancun on a half-day tour to Coba, an ancient Mayan site hidden in Yucatan's jungle. Find your way with ease with round-trip transfer from your hotel by air-conditioned vehicle, leaving you with plenty of time to explore the archaeological zone with a professional guide and pick up souvenirs in a nearby market. Avoid hidden costs with entrance fees included in the price.
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Coba Express from Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya

Head into the jungle to explore the ancient Maya city of Coba. Over the course of 2 hours, follow your guide through the site and learn about the culture and lifestyles of its former residents. Climb to the top of one of the tallest Maya structures and continue to explore on your own. Return to your Cancun hotel in time for lunch.
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Mayan Inland Expedition - Coba Ruins, Punta Laguna and Mayan family

Travel inland from Tulum on a full-day tour of Coba and Punta Laguna Nature Reserve. Go ziplining and take a jungle hike, then ride in a canoe on the clear lagoon during an eco-tour at the Maya community. Then follow your guide on foot past the ruins of Coba and learn about this former Maya settlement of the Yucatán Peninsula, built during the Classic period. Climb up Nohoch Mul and hop on a bike to explore. Lunch and round-trip hotel transport included.
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Express Private Coba Tour from Cozumel

Tour the ancient Mayan city of Coba on this guided adventure. After a convenient port pickup, explore what was once one of the largest classic Mayan cities, Coba. Enjoy amazing views from atop its 131-foot (40-meter) pyramid and learn about the city’s history from an informative local guide. Take a refreshing swim in a jungle cenote and upgrade to enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.
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Coba Ruins Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

Journey into the heart of Maya culture with a day trip from Playa del Carmen to Coba. Tucked within the jungle, this ancient Maya city is home to the Yucatan's tallest pyramid. Scale Nohoch Mul for exquisite 360 degree views, then tour the rest of the ruins solo or with a guide (you can even rent a bicycle to explore). Savor a traditional lunch and interact with locals at a modern Maya village. Later,  finish up the day with a relaxing dip in a water-filled cenote, or sinkhole.
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Private Tour Coba and Night Show in the Park Xcaret

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Coba Express from Cancun

Visit the oldest Maya city in the Yucatan Peninsula and climb to the top of its ruins on this full-day, guided tour to ancient Coba. At the top, see the incredible landscape and take time to explore this site following a comprehensive tour with your guide.
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Coba Cenote and Maya Village Private Guided Tour

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Coba Ruins, Cho Ha Cenote, Tulum and Paradise Beach Day Trip

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