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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

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.

Cindy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Frank and Mr. Ramon are amazing tour guides. Knowledgeable, passionate and funny. 100% recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We loved this tour! Our guide and driver were excellent, knowledgeable and fun to talk with. Coba is an amazing site and we learned a lot but were also able to explore and enjoy our visit. The Cenote swim was fantastic, beautiful cavern and water. So bummed our underwater camera decided to quit on us, so we didn't get pictures of the cenote.
It gets very hot in the jungle, a morning tour is best and bring water!! Wear good hiking shoes if you want to climb the ruins, the ground is uneven in a lot of places. We would definitely go back! Highly recommend this tour if you want something different, informative and beautiful.

Susan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Having been to Tulum we wanted to visit Coba. The site itself was very rustic and very large. We were given bicycles to fully enjoy the area and had about 1 hour to explore after the 30 minute tour. We went all the way to the top of the pyramid. Going up was not so bad but coming down was brutal. It is very steep and, while there is a rope to hold onto, I was still very nervous...not for kids!! We were constantly amazed at the things in Mexico that would be considered very dangerous in America! Just use common sense and go slowly and you will be fine. From Coba we were taken to a Cenote that was fabulous. It was deep in the Earth and, again, had many wet, slick steps. Once there, the water was crystal clear and cold/refreshing! Those were the good things...the bad thing was the time to get there. We had to meet our driver at 5am which meant leaving the hotel at 4:15 to be on time. There were several other pick up points so the ride was around 3.5 hours. Plus it was another 3.5 hours coming back. While the tour was amazing, the bus ride would have been a deal breaker if we had only realized the time spent on the bus. I would still highly recommend-it was one of my favorite days because I figure that someday soon the climbing to the top of the pyramid with be banned. ...and we can say that we went all the way to the top!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great tour guide was excellent best tour we have been on in Mexico this was September 2016

Prodel United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

excellent exp

Rebecca L United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Arturo was an excellent tour guide. This tour was really a highlight of our trip. Everything was perfect - from the bikes, to the ruins, to the cenote, and ending with a fabulous lunch. Would definitely book this again.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Florentio was a great guide and really gave us a personal experience and perspective. He and the driver were great and Coba was much nicer than Chicen Itza as there were not vendors every five feet bothering you when all you want to do is look at the scenery.

Santana M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I went on the 26th and the tour guy was so awesome! Very nice, really informative. We rode bicycles to the Coba Ruins and it was so much fun bicycles were included! Got to climb to the top and saw an amazing view. Afterwards we cooled off at the Cenote. Which was beautiful in its self. Overall, the trip went very well. We all had a great time and I learned a lot! DEFINITELY recommend this tour!!! SO worth the money!!!

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