• Location: Cancun, Mexico
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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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!

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What You Can Expect

Viator Exclusive: Coba Ruins Early Access Tour with an Archaeologist and Cenote Swim from Cancun

Swim in a cenote on this Viator Exclusive

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.

Customer Reviews

Keith L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

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

Poornananda mata Japan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

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

Peter K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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...

Alannah M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 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!

Liwaliw United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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.

Laura W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Visited Coba 35 years ago. Back then, the rainforest canopy extended right over the trails! First time in a rainforest, so we tred carefully watching carefully for snakes on the ground and in the trees! The archways were full of cobwebs and corresponding gigantesque spiders.
Very surprised that bicycles were now used to scoot along the paths to the sights and the archways were cleaned up!
It was an intimate tour with just 3 couples and great explanation of the ruins.
On the ride back to Cancun, I understand why mouthguards are useful. On some of the traffic bumps, I thought I could have broken some teeth, we hit them so hard. But, then I was sitting in the back! All was good!

Amy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This is a great excursion for active folks! You'll really get the most out of the trip by participating in everything it has to offer. We began the day albeit a bit hectic getting picked up directly from our hotel. It was an early start but worth it. There was a bit of confusion as to which bus we were supposed to be on, but after this was sorted out we were on our way. Our driver, Angel and our tour guide, Arthur, made sure we had an enjoyable ride and even made a pit stop after we requested a quick coffee/potty break the drive was 3 hours, so this was needed. We toured the ruins in Coba first. As it was early-access, we avoided the crowds. Arthur was very knowledgeable you could tell he was passionate about the grounds and all Mayan history and gave us a great tour. We rode bikes for the majority of the tour as the grounds are expansive and more easily traveled this way. The climb to the top of The Grand Mountain the big pyramid was one of the most incredible things I've ever done. It was 120 feet up and the view was like nothing I've ever seen and we rock climb!. Getting down was a bit tricky, but there is a rope to hold onto if you're having trouble. It's a must-do. The grounds were VERY full as we were leaving, so we were glad to have been there early. After the climbing and the biking, we traveled to a lagoon on the grounds. We climbed down into the cenote and went for a swim. It was breathtakingly gorgeous -- and quiet! Our group was the only group there. There were bats along-top the stalagmites and small catfish in the water. There were even two diving boards -- my husband jumped off of the lower one. After the cenote swim, we made our way to lunch. It was traditional Mexican cuisine and absolutely delicious. The drive back to the hotel zone in Cancun was long -- the only thing I would recommend is that the transport offered be a bit more roomy and cooler. We didn't have the AC running on full blast and the quarters were close. However, that is the only thing I would change about this tour. The rest of it was breathtaking and a once in a lifetime experience!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour is handled locally by Amigo tours. Although the pick up was at 5 am, it is worth it to get to Coba early. Marco was our guide and he was excellent. He made the guided tour of Coba both fun and interesting. The bike riding was a fun way to move about. We did not have any free time at the ruins
The cenote swim was in an undergroung cavern. We had the place mostly to ourselves.
The buffet lunch of Mayan food was excellent.
This was the best of my 3 ruin tours.

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