Discover two significant archaeological sites with this guided tour of Tulum and Coba. Walk past restored ruins at the former Maya trading post then scale Nohoch Mul at Coba, the Yucatán Peninsula’s tallest pyramid. Your full-day tour departs from Playa del Carmen hotels and includes a cenote swim and free time at the Caribbean beach of Playa Paraíso. Numbers are limited for a small-group experience.
Tulum and Coba small-group tour from Playa del Carmen
Explore both archeological ruins with a professional guide
Climb 120 steps to the top of Nohoch Mul, the Yucatán’s tallest pyramid
We had such an amazing time! This was such a good tour. We got a taste of Mayan history, beaches, and the Cenote was so cool! I would recommend this as a fun day trip for everyone staying in Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
This tour picked us up from our Hotel and took us to meet our tour guide at a gas station. This was a little weird but we found that all travel in Mexico for excursions is different than what you would expect in the United States. Once we met our tour guide we transferred to another van and continued picking up the rest of the people in the tour group. You are given some cookies, a banana and water for breakfast but I still recommend eating before leaving if you can. Our first stop was Tulum which was an awesome place to visit. Our guide spoke in both English and Spanish and bounced between the two very fluently. He gave us about a 30 minute tour and then gave us about an hour to explore on our own which was fun. The beach was closed due to the very bad seaweed so we skipped that part of the tour. After Tulum we went to the cenote to swim. We had a private cenote for just our tour group in the middle of the jungle which was awesome and we had a lot of fun with the rope swing. Since we didn't do the beach they gave us extra time for swimming here. The buffet lunch was ok with some tacos, spaghetti, and other buffet foods. Our last stop was Coba. At the Coba site, there is some ruins close to the entrance but the climbing site is about a mile and a half hike. They do have bikes you can rent or you can have someone give you a ride for an extra cost. Climbing the Coba site was awesome, and if you are in good shape I highly recommend giving the climb a shot. There is a lot of driving time due to the location of the sights which is just a necessary evil. Overall it was a fun experience.
Well, after seeing UXMAL, KABAH, Ek-BALM, & CHICHEN ITZA from Merida, we felt the tour is over priced with lesser ameneties and features. Tulam and Cobe is underwelming in comparison to any of the above attractions.
We enjoyed our tour of Coba and Tullum. The driver was punctual and the minibus was comfortable, although the aircon wasn't entirely effective so don't over-dress. The guide gave us a basic overview of the history of these Mayan sites without overwhelming us with too much information. The sites are large and you could easily spend half a day at each, if not more. We had half a day for both plus travelling in between so the guide did well to condense the information to fit the relatively short time we had. He responded to questions well and was clearly knowledgable, although he had a disagreement with a Chilean couple who thought he was spending more time talking in English than Spanish so that put a bit of a downer on the day. As a group we chose to skip the trip to the beach as at this time of year it is covered in seaweed (which the guide explained is a recent phenomenon due to global warming). At Coba we were given the option of walking around the site (which the guide said would take too long), hiring bikes (50 Mex$ each) or hiring a tricycle (125Mex$ for 2 people + tip for the man powering it). The group has to travel together so if the majority choose to pay for transport any that don't want to will just have to go with it, so be prepared for the extra cost. The tricycle was good fun, efficient and meant we could save our energy for the temple climb. Breakfast was very light (as advertised) plenty of cold water is provided and lunch was good. In the afternoon we we given a choice of going into a cave or to a cenote, we chose cenote and were taken to one called Gloria. If I'm perfectly honest the cenote was a bit disappointing. We had a lovely cool swim and there were fish in the water but it was fairly small and not as glorious as I'd imagined. All in all we had a good day out, however by the end of it we were left feeling that the trip was overpriced based on local prices. We paid £72 each plus extra for the tricycle and tips for the driver & guide. The entrance fees were less than £10 in total, it didn't sound like the driver and guide were being paid very much, and I can't imagine that transport and administration account for the remainder so somebody else is getting the lions share of the profit. If you don't want to do too much planning yourself and are happy to accept that you might not be getting value for money by Mexican standards I'd say go for it anyway
If you like smaller group but don't have the budget for private tour, then this is the one for you. Ours was a mini van of 4 groups of ppl, 8 adults, one teen and 2 little ones. Carmen was our guide, very knowledgeable and pleasant. We started in Playa del Carmen so the 6:40am pick up time was not too bad. We were then transported to a convenient store to switch some passengers and then started the tour. (no need to spend extra $$ to buy snacks in the store as cookies, banana and water/juice were provided, but we did anyway....) We started with Tulum before other tourist groups occupied the site and then headed to the beach. It was almost noon and was really hard, none of us went swimming but my son had some fun with the waves. The beach was unfortunately not as pretty as the one in Cancun as the beach front was occupied by seaweed. Then we went to cenote Choo-Ha. Nobody was there when we arrived! It is a fully underground cenote so it was kind of cold. We enjoyed it anyway (a little scary due to some areas were too dark and too cold for me and my son, though) since we had already been to Xcarat to experience the underground river.
We then had our lunch at a local Mayan restaurant. Food was simple yet delicious. The bibli chicken was lovely and the dessert "papaya candy" was really good.
Our last stop was Coba. We hired tricycle and visited the pyramid which is the highlight of this tour for us. We climbed the pyramid (our son was 5-yr old), which was not as terrifying as I anticipated, but still scary to see my little one climbing up and down. Didn't have much time to take pictures as the park was about to close.
All in all, a very pleasant tour and would definitely recommend it.
Sergio was an excellent guide of the Mayan ruins, cenote, and beach stop. He was very knowledgeable of the historical elements of the trip interpreting them into English so we could understand and appreciate. We even found a delicious local lunch stop near the Cobá ruins with very good Mexican cuisine. Our day was also more complicated than most given the intermittent rain throughout the day. Sergio customized the order of our visits so we were in the car or at lunch while it rained and we were dry when exploring!Carlos was an excellent driver of our tour van. We never waited for him and it was always extremely convenient getting back to the car from our destinations. Touring these popular tourist destinations with Sergio and Carlos was so much more enjoyable and efficient than we could have done on our own. We would certainly book another tour with them. Andy y Emma
Our guide, Fransico, was fantastic and knowledgeable. Coba was amazing, I learnt so much . We rented the rickshaw, which was really nice, so we could take pics while we were driven. It was especially nice to not have to get on a bike and paddle back after climbing up and down the pyramid in the hot sun.
1. Bring your own towel for the cenote swim.
2. Bring Pesos if you are going to buy souvenirs in Coba. BUT I found our hotel gift shop had a lot of the same things, for less.
Everything about this tour was 5/5, until the very end. we went to a beach at the end where we could have pre-booked snorkeling, two of our group had done that. The rest of us had to wait at the beach. The seagrass is so bad that it leaves a smell So many boats coming in and out you can not swim right there Further down you could swim, but it was all locals so no one to watch our stuff while we swam, so we did not feel comfortable swimming. The beach chairs could be rented for a cost. There was a small bar, BUT to use the bathrooms there was a cost in pesos, and the toilets did not have seats. By this point were were tired and our feet sore, so we went and sat in the van and just waited to go home.