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Escape the tourist crowds and explore the atmospheric Coba ruins in peace during an early access Coba ruins full-day tour from Playa del Carmen. On this Viator Exclusive tour, discover the ancient Mayan city of Coba with an expert archeologist guide and gain in-depth knowledge of the site. Ascend to the summit of the Yucatan’s highest pyramid and enjoy a refreshing swim in a secretive underground cavern. Lunch and return transport from and to your Playa del Carmen hotel are included.

Highlights

  • Early-access Coba tour with a private archaeologist — a Viator Exclusive
  • See the famous Mayan city in the early morning and beat the hordes of visitors
  • Discover the archaeological ruins and learn about excavations with the expertise of your guide
  • Visit Nohoch Mul, the tallest pyramid in the area, and snap photos of the breathtaking views at the top
  • Enjoy free time swimming inside a cenote after the tour of Coba
  • Buffet lunch and round-trip transportation from most Playa del Carmen 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 from Playa del Carmen

Be one of the first people to enter Coba Ruins

Rise early and greet your driver at your Playa del Carmen hotel. Enjoy a scenic 90-minute drive to Coba and upon arrival, greet your professional and certified archeologist guide. Enter the iconic site and marvel at one of the largest pre-Colombian settlements of the Classic period.
Enjoy the early morning tranquility as you wander the ambient ruins of Coba, listening as your guide offers a captivating commentary. Absorb information relating to the translation of the site’s Mayan name, which means ‘place of choppy water’ and hear intriguing stories of the ancient civilization that occupied the 43 square mile (70 square km) city in the 13th century. Visit large stone monuments decorated with hieroglyphic texts and gain insight into how the city maintained a useful relationship with the rainforest and surrounding lakes.
Next, ascend the exhilarating elevation of the 140-foot (42-meter) Nohoch Mul Pyramid to enjoy spectacular sights of the surrounding rainforest. Listen to the calls of exotic birds as you congratulate yourself on climbing the Yucatan’s tallest pyramid.
Continue to enjoy the idyllic ambience of crowd-free Coba as you wander to the next stunning sight. Descend to the dazzling depths of an underground cenote to enjoy an hour of refreshing and relaxing downtime in the crystal clear waters of the naturally illuminated cave.

Feast upon a fulfilling buffet lunch in a nearby restaurant, enjoying local specialities, tasty pasta, fresh salads and sweet desserts. Conclude you archaeological adventure by returning to your Playa del Carmel hotel.

Customer Reviews

Kacey K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Martin and Marco from Amigo Tours were highly knowledgeable. The tour included pick up from hotel, bike rides between the ruins, lunch and cenote visit. Remember to ask about life jackets for the cenote. The guide did not mention the life jackets prior to cenote visit. Cenote is very deep and somewhat dim. The lunch buffet was delicious! They did a very good job of keeping us on track and we squeezed in a lot of activities. highly recommended!!

WILLIAM S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Collected from RIU Playacar at 6.50am by a minibus and taken to a filling station were we met other travellers, we then travelled to Coba, we arrived early enough and had a trouble free entry and given an in-depth commentary by the guide, we were then offered push bikes but we took the offer of been pedaled by a local lad for 100, and when the others caught up I believe we made the right decision,, hot and humid and pedalling bikes! we were then given the opportunity to climb the pyramid which I took which resulted in my leg muscles taking 3 days to recover!, please bear in mind it is HOT, then off to a restaurant, drinks were charged as extra, then off to a ceynote, overall a very good trip.

willem v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wat een ontzettend mooie tour
Wij vonden Coba geweldig, de gids die we in het park kregen gaf ons veel informatie. Na de rondleiding zijn we op de fiets door de jungle naar de Coba gegaan en daar de Coba beklommen eenmaal boven heb je een geweldig uitzicht over de jungle, maar heel mooi

Chris H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Another great excursion!! Our driver for the day was helpful and very friendly. The ruins were breathtaking and the view from up top is great. Beware of getting down, a bit tricky with the smooth rocks. Definitely get there before the crowds to avoid the congestion going up and down.

Susan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had a fabulous time!! Our guide was amazing and riding bikes was a blast. Would highly recommend this trip to everyone!!

Heidi S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Wonderful trip! We were picked up on time, taken to the ruins, rode bikes which was a blast!, walked the ruins - also exciting, took a dip in a deep cenote and enjoyed an authentic Mexican lunch. Our tour guide was very informed and helpful. We had two elderly family members as part of our group. They used the rickshaw option to transport them around the ruins. This is an extra 4 for two plus a generous tip. The guide and driver were extremely patient and cooperative in tending to our family members' special needs.
As mentioned in other reviews - wait for a confirmation email the night before that will confirm pick up time. Bring some extra bottled water. They do stop at a store on the way for a bathroom break and there is water for sale at the Cenote.
This is a great excursion for a wonderful price. You won't be disappointed!

Elaine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

My tour was excellent, out tour guide name is Marco. He is very knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting.

Jared S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This tour was exactly what we were looking for during our vacation in Playa del Carmen. We wanted a chance to tour Mayan ruins, but didn't want to give up a ton of beach time while we were away from our resort. The tour picked us up at 7am and we were back by 2pm! Never did we feel rushed, and since we only had one other person with us, we could go at our own pace. Climbing Coba was an experience I'll never forget, and you get the opportunity to learn so much history from the archeologist! I was unsure about the cenote swim- but ended up loving it! Even if you aren't a big swimmer, go down into the cenote just to see the views- amazing! The authentic Mexican lunch was very good, too! The only downside we had was that our driver did not speak any English, but he was very resourceful using his phone translator, calling another driver over speaker phone in order to communicate when needed. All our other tour guides in Coba spoke perfect English! Highly recommend this excursion!

Sandy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Awesome tour. Our Archaeologist, Alberto, was very knowledgeable and interesting. All costs were included, lunch, entrance fees, rickshaw bicycles. Alberto spoke on the history of the Mayan culture as we travelled to the Coba Ruins. It was great being able to climb the ruins before people from the 5 buses did.
Please note....we found out that does not pickup at the lobby of our hotel Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda. There was confusion on whether pickup was at the lobby or gate. We mentioned this to the front desk and valet attendant. The driver, Israel, and Alberto were good enough to contact the hotel when we were not at the gate and then waited for us to walk out.

Michael P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We booked the early morning Coba tour with Viator which contracted with -our group was led by archaeologist guide Marco and driver Julio. They were outstanding in every way. We stayed one step ahead of the crowd all day by biking between the different sites at Coba. The cost of the bikes was included in this tour. Marco was friendly and extremely knowledgeable and welcomed questions. He provided great information in a way that engaged the entire group including our youngest son, aged 7. He and the entire group was patient with our slower pace with the 3 kids, but still managed to keep us on schedule and ahead of the crowd. Climbing the pyramid was an amazing experience that we will never forget and the views were breathtaking. After Coba, our group went to a nearby cenote for a quick swim. There were changing rooms and showers to wash off the bug spray before going in the water. The water was clear and cold and very deep--there were two high platforms to jump from that the kids loved. Right after we finished, a huge group arrived while we had the cenote largely to ourselves. We then had a buffet lunch at a Ki-Janal, a restaurant right near the front gates of Coba. The food was authentic Mayan, and quite good. The staff was also amazingly kind to our sons who daringly and foolishly took bites of hot peppers--they provided all sorts of natural remedies--the limes with salt seemed to do the trick. A very worthwhile trip.

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