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.
Swim in Cho Ha Cenote and visit Paradise Beach
Buffet lunch and beverages provided
Hotel pickup and drop-off included from Playa del Carmen
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.
Awesome trip the sights are fun and the food is good. Make's sure you bring a towel, swimsuit, and flip flops. We got eaten alive by mosquitoes at Tulum, it may be hot but pants, and long shirt with tons of bug spray would have really helped. I don't know if the mosquitoes are that bad year round but in September when we went they were bad. This is not a reason to miss skip out on the trip just be prepared and it will totally be worth it.
This was a fun filled day of up close and personal Mayan history! Javier and Joel were by far the friendliest and most informed tour guides I have ever been around, they were also very accommodating to unforeseen needs that arose along the way (like a bathroom or coffee break)! This was an active and family friendly tour with not a lot of downtime that will not only give you a much better understanding of the Mayan people but will also give you one of the best night sleeps of your vacation, because you will be exhausted..... in a good way!
This was a jam packed day of enjoyment. Our guide Joel was fantastic and Jorge and Ulysses also accompanied us for the day. At Cobá, you could rent bikes or tricycles with a driver. We chose to walk. The views were breathtaking and Joel explained the Mayan history and tradition and was willing to take pictures. Coba is one of the last set of ruins you can climb (although this will cease soon). It is not for the faint of heart. Mayans are not that tall so the steps require skill especially going down (backwards or side step). Joel was a pro maneuvering them. Our crew made sure we had water 24/7 (I wish I could take them home to properly hydrate me, lol). The Cho Ha cenote was the first of three we visited (all were so unique) during our Quintana Roo stay. It is underground and the water was so cold. Everyone had a wonderful time cooling off. We could leave all our stuff in the transport while we swam. Lunch was buffet at a local Mexican restaurant and the handmade tortillas were scrumptious. Additional drinks could be purchased beyond what was provided with the meal. The restaurant also had a store associated with it and there was time for browsing. Tulum was hot (and again ample water was provided) but breathtaking. We saw coatimundi, iguana 🦎, Mayan dancers and again learned so much history and facts from Joel. The ocean views accompanied with the ruins were astounding. We finished the day with some time at Paradise Beach. Be ready for an early morning pickup and full day!
This tour was amazing, its everything advertised and more. Everything was easy from communicating with the provider to confirming our pick up time. Our tour guide Oscar picked us up right on time, he was funny and informative which is very important on a long day like this.
Coba is beautiful but climbing is not for the faint of heart, if your afraid of heights or get vertigo don't attempt. The jewel for us was the cenote, its so breathtaking and clear that words can't explain, its a once in a lifetime kind of place to see. We also loved that they seemed to anticipate the crowds in the timing of events and we were leaving just as the big tour buses were descending. The cons are: (1) We would have like to have spent more time in certain areas for pictures and exploring and we felt a little rushed but understood there was a schedule in place and (2) the heat at Tulum: be prepared for it. It can be overwhelming but it's a great place to see. Our driver was also excellent, he stayed with our van at all times which made us feel comfortable leaving our stuff behind. Try to get Oscar if you can, he is a kind and humble human being.
Great day, our guide educated us about the Mayan culture and showed us part of the vast Coba ruins as well as those at Tulum. The swim in break between the two cities in a cenote was amazing, as was relaxing on the beach at the end of the day before heading home. A great time, I wanted to plan my next trip to Riviera Maya immediately. ,I had such a nice time I didn't want to leave, very glad I booked this tour.
This trip was very personalized and interactive. Our tour guide Jose Manuel and driver, Francisco were very professional and made the tour so much better . Jose is very knowledgeable about Mayan history and taught us some things that we did not know. Francisco always stayed with the van so you can leave your personal belongings there and made sure everyone had water when you exited and entered! The Coba pyramid was amazing and you can climb the 120 steps to the top. Its not for the faint of heart. Then the Tulum ruins were very mesmerizing as wel . You also get to visit a cenote which was really awesome and to top off the whole trip, the traditional buffet was the icing on the cake. I highly recommend this trip and make sure to request Jose and Francisco!
We were traveling with a 11 month baby and this tour worked out well for us. Timing was perfect because every location we got to we were a step in front of the crowds. So we got to see a lot with out all the foot traffic . The only thing I advise is during the cenote it was a bit difficult breathing felt like shortness of breath. Overall, the guide was good and you had plenty of time to discover on your own.
Absolutely a fantastic tour.! It was better than I imagined.Joel was extremely knowledgeable about the Mayan's and there culture.Joel made sure to answer all questions and took his time to let everything soak in. Not only did Joel act as our tour guide, but you could tell he wanted to preserve history and made sure we were all respectful of the ruins. The swim in the Cenote was refreshing after visiting the COBA ruins. The buffet was excellent. Jorge our driver made sure we had water available at all stops and stayed with the van when we toured so we could leave our belongings in it. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone, and make sure you ask for Joel and Jorge.
Overall great trip with many activities packed into one day. Coba pyramid climb and Cho Ha Cenote swim were awesome and were a blast for the kids. Unfortunately Tulum's Paradise beach is completely covered in seaweed, you can't really swim there and it makes Tulum shoreline much less picturesque comparing to 10 years ago when it was marvelous. But this is not really tours fault, just be aware of it and adjust your expectations.
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