• Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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This small-group tour combines two impressive archeological sites of the Yucatán Peninsula: Coba and Tulum. Let a guide accompany you around the ruins and explain their significance. This day trip from Playa del Carmen includes hotel transport, beverages and a buffet lunch plus a swim in Cho Ha Cenote.

Highlights

  • Yucatán combo tour: Coba and Tulum
  • Swim in Cho Ha Cenote and visit Paradise Beach
  • Buffet lunch and beverages provided
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included from Playa del Carmen
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Small-group tour ensures personal service

What You Can Expect

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

Tulum temple

Start your small-group tour of Coba and Tulum with pickup from your Playa del Carmen or Riviera Maya hotel. Get comfortable in your air-conditioned minivan for the drive to each archaeological site. A buffet lunch and beverages are provided during the day.

Coba is your first stop, with a tour of the preserved and rebuilt ruins. At its peak, Coba had a population of about 50,000 inhabitants and an area of 80 square miles (129 sq km). Walk past two ball courts and see the sacbé, or white roads, that once linked Maya cities. If you'd like, climb the 120 steep steps up Nohoch Mul — the tallest pyramid on the Yucatán Peninsula — and be rewarded with views of the dense jungle from the top.

Then head down to Cho Ha Cenote for a spectacular swim in the emerald waters of this sinkhole. Highlights include limestone stalactites formed over centuries. 

From there, you'll drive to Tulum, the only archaeological site built on the Caribbean coast. Once a thriving seaport, it housed Maya nobility and merchants within its walls. Meander the groomed paths with your guide who points out noteworthy structures such as a restored temple whose murals reveal ancient red pigments. Learn about the Spanish conquest of the city during your walk around.

The final stop on your full-day tour is Playa Paraiso (Paradise Beach), one of the most visited beaches of the Riviera Maya. Relax under a palm tree and soak up the last hours of sun or swim in the turquoise sea, with a prime view of the ruins above.

Your tour concludes with transport back to your hotel in Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya.

Customer Reviews

Wendy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

This excursion was AMAZING! You get to Coba and the Cho Ha Cenote before all the crowds! The Coba ruins are spectacular, we literally took over 200 pictures during the excursion. This is a must do excursion you will not be disappointed. We had a small group of 12 people, led by Pancho who was the best! The tour was in English and Pancho did an amazing job as the only other Spanish speaking person on the excursion was my boyfriend who speaks English as well, so he didn't let on he could speak Spanish so everyone else could enjoy. We chose to bike ride through the jungle so we could see as much of Coba as possible, climbing the holy mountain which is very high. Wear good sneakers and workout type clothes for this trip you will be drenched in sweat, bring your bathing suit and I would suggest bringing an additional change of clothes to change into after the swim in the cenote to change into. The Cho Ha Cenote was so tranquil and refreshing after trekking through the jungle. Our group was the only ones there along with one other couple, we had the whole cenote to ourselves, no crowds what so ever, I could have stayed there another hour! The spiral stairs to get down into the cenote and back out do get very slippery. Tulum was gorgeous and so well preserved, lots of iguanas everywhere, they do not bother you they just lay in the sun, but if you are scared of lizards like my BFF just a forewarning. Relaxing at Paradise Beach was nice, we got coconut water that they serve you the whole coconut with a straw in it, then they cut it open for us to eat the coconut meat! We also ordered bacon wrapped shrimp there that were seasoned with a little bit of spice that was divine! Mexico has a seaweed problem right now so there is a lot of seaweed pretty much on every beach but there is a shower available there to clean the salt and such off after a swim in the ocean! If you can do only one excursion I would highly recommend this one and ask for Pancho!!!

rosa1413

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

This was an informative tour. We learned a lot and had a wonderful experience. The tour involves a lot of walking, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes.

ziogh_slimchik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Absolutely worth it!!!!! I had the most amazing day, honestly no complains. From hotel pick up to Coba ruins, to Cho ha Cenote, to lunch, to Tulum ruins, to paradise beach and then back to the hotel it was a beautiful experience. our driver and guide Hores not sure I spelt that right where awesome, very attentive and knowledgeable. the sights are definitely worth seeing. Climbing the Coba ruin was an EXPERIENCE. I advise you do this one as I heard visitors will soon be stopped from climbing the Coba ruins like they have done at Chichen Itza.

I only wish we spend more time at Paradise beach ...but even I was tired by then. It is definitely a WHOLE DAY affair. You'll be tired at the end but everything was definitely worth my time.

VERONICA C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Totally recommend this tour, Joel one of our tour guides was very nice, funny and really kept us interested. You get to Coba ruins very early and you have the option to rent a bicycle for around 3 and you can explore by yourself or you can just stay with the group. Tulum was beautiful too! Just make sure to bring comfortable/closed shoes, water the tour opperator offers free refreshments I do not recomend this for kids under 12 years old since there is a lot of walking. We had a beautiful experience

sherrie1104

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was amazing. Our tour guide Poncho was wonderful...very knowledgeable and answered any questions that we asked. The bus picked us up on time from our hotel and we arrived at Coba before the crowds started. Coba was awesome, nice to be so close up to the ruins. Then off to the cenote with its Crystal clear water. After swimming in the cenote we took a short drive to a restaurant for lunch which was very good. The Tulum ruins were different than the cobra ruins but also worth the visit. The day ended with time on the beach with a very fun outdoor bar. I highly recommend this tour. I would like to thank Poncho and our friendly bus driver for making this tour so enjoyable.

Martin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Everything about the tour was great, highly recommended for anyone looking for a great but long and action-packed. Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and the ruins especially Coba and the Cho Ha were highlights of my trip but be prepared for lots of stairs and walking as a lot is packed into one day.

CARMEN B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

The trip is amazing and the guide Mundo made it even more wonderfull!

Brenda G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Loved it! Great tour guide and driver! Saw a lot in one day and didn't miss anything!

susan s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Coba ruins impressive and guide Alex did a superb job in describing the Mayan culture and practices. The Cho Ha cenote was interesting and the water strikingly clear. Tulum was awesome, but ruins access is restricted by rope barriers. Unfortunately, trip to Paradise beach was rained out, but tour guide arranged safe transport back to our resort.

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Fantastic trip! You get to do so much in one day! It is a long day, but it well paced so it is not exhausting. Joel our guide and Javier the driver took great care of us. Joel loves sharing his knowledge and passion and it makes the trip fascinating. He is equally good at explaining the logistics of the day so you have an overview, pointing out the bathrooms, describing choices when there are some, and joining in the fun swimming at the cenote. We were given an easy meeting spot after we took the ferry over from Cozumel and Joel was there to greet us at the appointed time. We rode in a very comfortable air conditioned van to the different places. I really liked getting to Coba early to avoid the crowds and Joel gave us a lot of interesting history and facts about the ruins. Next we were off to a fun swim in the underground cenote with stalactites and stalagmites - a beautiful and unusual place. There was a place to change into your swim suit so that you didn't need to wear it all day. Be sure to bring a towel. Lunch at the buffet gave us a chance to refuel and recharge and was on in upstairs open air restaurant. Next we drove to Tulum - the beautiful ruins overlooking the ocean. Coba had been in the jungle - this ruin is on a bluff over the sea. Joel shared more interesting facts and history about this place. Our final stop was at Paradise Beach where you can play in the water, walk around to the different restaurants and bars, or just hang in a hammock with a beer. The tour lasted from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for us - so yes, it's a long day but we found it filled with interest, variety, and opportunities to rest. I would highly recommend it! My 26 year old daughter said of Joel - he is so passionate and interesting you just want to listen to every word. We were there in January and the weather was very pleasant for being outdoors most of the day

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