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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The trip is amazing and the guide Mundo made it even more wonderfull!
Loved it! Great tour guide and driver! Saw a lot in one day and didn't miss anything!
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.
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
Overall a wonderful day. This was a lot to fit into one day, but it was done at a comfortable pace without feeling too hurried. Pickup at our hotel in Playa del Carmen was at 6:45 am. Got a box breakfast from hotel. We picked up other travellers at a couple of other hotels in PdC. The tour group was about 20 people, which filled the small airconditioned bus. Guide Edmundo Mundo Carvallo was informative and entertaining driver Javier del Angel was friendly too. Mundo called us his family for the day, and he did a nice job of making the group feel cohesive. Hour and a half drive to Coba. We walked from the site entrance to the main pyramid, pausing at sites along the way. We hired a pedicab at a stand just inside the gate for one of our party who wasn't up for the walk. This worked out well. The site at Coba is covered with vegetation which gives an Indiana Jones feel to the place. Saw monkeys in the jungle canopy and large termite nests in the trees. We climbed the pyramid and got great pictures from the top. We were told that in the near future visitors will not be able to climb on the ruins. Spent about 3 hours at Coba. One could easily spend much longer exploring the park, but this visit gave a good feel. After Coba we stopped at a nearby cenote to swim underground. There were changing rooms, but we wore bathing suits under our clothes so we were ready! Visitors are expected to shower in your suit at a shower house outside the entrance before entering the cenote. Stairs through a fairly small entrance led down to a wonderful fresh-water pool in a cavern, illuminated with a few lights. Swimming in the cavern was magical. There were even small catfish in the water! Our group were the only visitors when we were there. Lunch was a nice buffet at a nearby restaurant that clearly catered to groups. Then we got back on the bus and drove back to Tulum. Mundo guided us through the ruins at Tulum, which are situated on a bluff above the ocean. My wife and I had visited 40 years earlier--more people now, but still beautiful. There were a lot of large iguanas roaming the grounds and posing on the ruins and a family of coati hanging out near the inner wall. The Tulum tour involves maybe 1/2 mile of walking. After leaving Tulum we went a few minutes down the road to a lovely beach. 5 minute walk from bus to beach. There are some casual food and drink places along the beach. We patronized the smoothie stand along the path to the beach. We had about an hour to hang out on the beach, then headed back to Playa del Carmen, arriving about 6:00 pm. Our group included ages 15 to 64, and all found the trip interesting. Others on the tour were mostly in their 20s and 30s.
Poncho and Javier led our tour. Poncho is an expert on Mayan culture and educated us on all aspects of the tour.
Coba Ruins is something everyone travelling to the Riviera Maya region should experience. It is an ancient Mayan city with lots of ruins you can get up close to including climbing the temple pyramid. The climb is quite steep and some might find it difficult. The climb back down takes some nerve and bravery.
The cenote swim was a nice stop after Coba and provides a chance to cool off in crystal clear water. The cenote has shallow and deep water so there is a chance for everyone to participate.
Lunch was buffet style with a free drink beer, water or soda. Food was decent. The cake was especially good.
Tulum ruins were also very informative led by lots of education from Poncho. Tulum is much busier and more developed than Coba but definitely worth seeing.
It was raining during our tour so we skipped the beach but instead spent some time at the shops in Tulum.
Overall this was an enjoyable trip at a great value.
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