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clock-o10 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

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 Travelers 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.

Reviews

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D
, Aug 2018

Absolute fun day, cross your fingers you get Marcos as your guide!

K
, Apr 2018

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.

J
, Apr 2018

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.

b
, Mar 2018

I missed the tour ☹️. I heard it was great though

P
, Feb 2018

It was the great experience to visit Coba ruins and Aktun Cenote.
I really enjoyed !

P
, Feb 2018

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...

A
, Nov 2017

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!

L
, Oct 2017

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.

T
, Aug 2017

This was one of three tours we took on this vacation with Viator - so I want to open with the other two were amazing The Coba site was super interesting and the ruins were of course amazing. Our tour guide whom I will not name was quite disappointing. She had a very difficult time taking control or her group and being a leader. Although I am sure she must have some great knowledge of the ruins we were viewing, she did not tell us much of interest about what we were looking at. She was clearly more interested in telling stories about the local flora fauna, and wildlife, than the nature of the ruins or the day to day lives of the Mayans that inhabited them. Coba is an extremely large site so it is important to maintain a tight control of the group and the pace at which you are exploring the site - she was unable to do this. She was slow moving and had very limited agility to navigate the sites, or even the basic walking and stair work needed. We had been promised a schedule of a guided tour, followed by an hour of free time to explore the rest of the site that was not part of the tour, including climbing of the tallest ruin in the Yucatan. She ran such a poor tour that when she finally finished her part of it, she told us we only had 20 minutes of free time left to explore. Much of the group rebelled vocally, so with persuasion, she conceded to give us the promised hour. We also went to the local restaurant buffet lunch, and it was excellent. The Cenote swim was also very good. I am sure that with a different guide, this would have been 5 stars.

L
, Aug 2017

Very interesting tour and it was great to get there early before the crowds arrived. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


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