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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.
Enjoy early access to Coba with a certified archaeologist guide
Beat the crowds, and receive special insight into this Mayan city’s pre-Columbian history and excavations
Visit Nohoch Mul, the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan, and capture at the top panoramic views of the rainforest jungle
Relax with a swim at a beautiful cenote after the tour of Coba
Tuck into a hearty buffet meal featuring local cuisine
Round-trip transportation from most Cancun hotels included
This Viator Exclusive is available nowhere else!
Why Travellers Choose This Tour
Unlike at many other Maya archaeological sites, visitors are permitted to climb the temples at the Coba Ruins. This Viator Exclusive is one of the only tours to offer early access to the site, meaning you’ll enjoy views from Nohoch Mul, the Yucatan’s highest pyramid, with just your small group.
After early morning pickup at your Cancun hotel, settle in for the 2-hour drive to Coba.
Arrive at the ruins and be one of the first visitors of the day with your archaeologist guide. Learn in detail about Coba's architecture and history during the quiet period before the crowds arrive. See the ruins' 6,500 structures over a archeological field of nearly 43 square miles (70 square km) which once had 50,000 inhabitants.
Climb Nohoch Mul, the Yucatán Peninsula's tallest pyramid at a height of 140 feet (42 meters). Appreciate the stunning views of the surrounding rainforest as you stand at the top. Listen to your guide explain the ancient city's layout around five lakes in the dense jungle and its painstaking construction. View the hieroglyphs, the city's stone monuments and the advanced network of roads.
Travel to Aktun Cenote, a refreshing pool in an underground cavern. Recover from your strenuous pyramid climb and relax in the pool, illuminated by natural light, for about an hour before moving on to lunch.
Eat at a local restaurant that serves a buffet of typical Mexican food, as well as salad, pasta and dessert. Board your vehicle for transportation back to your Cancun hotel.
Always be sure to check your phone for messages or call ahead for a pickup time to be sure you do not miss a tour. Our paperwork said our pickup would be between 6:00 and 6:30 am. We did have 2 messages on our phone but did not have the phone on to get those messages so we missed the pickup at our hotel. The day before the tour, make sure you have arranged your pick up time.
My wife and I both enjoyed it. The guide was very knowledgeable and the lunch was tasty. They did exactly what the description said and showed up when they said they would. The description is very accurate.
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Horrible: Guide awful, bus ride with no air conditioning
, Sep 2019
Wow. We were so disappointed and uncomfortable. Our time was wasted in several different ways. We were made uncomfortable in several ways.
We were picked up on time—so far, so good. The trip was billed as “early beat-the-crowds.” Then we began to feel warmer and warmer. No air conditioning. Bad.
We then spent a long time picking up every other person. We were picked up before 6am. We did not leave from Tulum until almost noon. Another hour on the bus.
When we got there, the guide took us on a near-interminable slog around the immediate area, including stelae; but he stopped speaking in English. At all. We had no idea what the buildings were or what was on the stelae. Also, he spent 20 minutes at each site talking. Only in Spanish. Very very very bad. We were tired and bored from the start. The guide took off for the next site before we could ask questions.
Then we got to the part with the bicycles. I knew that they were “available,” but I expected to skip it because I haven’t ridden a bike in many years, and wasn’t comfortable with it. Unfortunately, it’s not really an option unless you’re a triathlete.
So I got on a bike. Fortunately, there was enough room on the road that when I was wobbly, I didn’t run into anyone except the trees.
After six stops that we would rather have made on the way back, my husband and I would just wander around looking at things, such as the second, much better ball court, which the guide didn’t bother with.
Finally, after we finally got to the main pyramid, Nohoc Mul, the guide kept everyone at the base, listening to his “information.” Then people were allowed to climb it. We were tired and thirsty, and there was the only concession stand, so we bought a drink and asked how to get back to the beginning. Exactly how you got here, was the answer, so we just left on our own.
The cenote was okay, but they’re kind of cold, so we took a look, then sat in the shade and waited to leave.
Lunch was the only good thing—very, very good thing—and then, back on the bus, with some air conditioning for a short while.
A long, long slog on the ever-warmer bus. Got home from this “half-day trip” around 6pm.
This was the excursion we were most looking forward to, and it was a complete waste of time. Not sure I’ll use Viator again since they don’t vet their tour contractors. Certainly won’t do anything with this particular outfit, Amigo Tours.
Traveled to Cobá with Eric and Sara, had a great time. Departed Sun Palace at 0520 and returned about 1530. Eric was a quick and safe driver, Sara provided interesting information about Cobá and the Cenote. We were a small group so we had her full attention. This tour provides bicycles, this saved a lot of time. Included lunch at a traditional restaurant was good. Have been to Tulum and Chichen itza, this was smaller but very different because the jungle has taken back the area and you get to climb the temple.
I was disappointed in this experience. We were picked up at 5:15, but didn't get to Coba until 10:30. Our guide slept (and snored ), or was on his phone most of the driving time. He did give a brief description of the Mayan calendar which was interesting. Wouldn't recommend this 8 hr drive.
This trip was well organized. The tour guide was sophisticated and with good English. What surprised pleasantly was the included bike ride on the Coba site. Early access guaranteed us almost no crowd at the site.
Cenote was also amazing and swimming was spiced up by jumping from 4 and 7m heights into the clear water. An extraordinary experience. We were there alone group of 7 people. Almost private swimming...
This tour was incredible! We learned a lot of interesting facts from our tour guide, got to stop at the cutest little souvenir/market on the way, experienced the park with close to no crowds, ate a fantastic lunch at a fun restaurant and the cenote swim was the cherry on top! Extremely beautiful, beyond gorgeous. The early access is completely worth it in my opinion. Even with a last minute switch in tour date, everything was right on schedule and extremely satisfactory. I would suggest calling ahead a couple of days to confirm your booking and the time that you will be picked up, that's how we found out that our tour had to move back a day because our booking party wasn't big enough. Other than that, everything was wonderful!
Outstanding tour. Although the van is full (12pax), having a smaller number makes the tour maximized (no idling and waiting time), worth the price. Sofia of Amigo tours is awesome! She's out archeologist/guide and she really knows her stuff. The tour included lunch and cenote. Highly recommended.