Coba Treasures

  • Destination: Coba, Q, Roo, Mexico
  • Runs On: Thursdays
  • Tour Type: Shared or Private (Pending availability)

This Yucatreks tour to the ancient city of Coba provides a glimpse into both the old and new Mayan culture. We have combined an exploration of the Coba ruins with a swim in a spectacular underground cenote, enjoy a traditional Yucatecan and Mexican lunch over looking Coba Lake, and stop in a local Mayan village to visit family-run businesses that give us an insight into contemporary Mayan lifestyles.

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Tour Itinerary

• Guided tour of ruins of Coba
• Climb the Nohoch Mul pyramid, tallest in the Yucatan!
• Swimming stop – Cenote Cho-Ha
• Lunch at a local family restaurant on Lake Coba
• Stop at a Mayan family’s handicraft shop/home
• Stop at the Honey Co-op distribution center

Tour Price
Shared – $110 per person
Children 11 yrs or less: $98
Private – Check private tour rates table below
Prices are in U.S. Dollars
What's Included
Deluxe air-conditioned transportation, professional bilingual guide, all entrance fees to ruins and cenote, guided tour of archaeological site, water and soft drinks throughout the day, snacks, and lunch.
Group Size
We use 12 passenger Toyota touring vans or 16 passenger Mercedes super-vans, so our tours groups are limited in size. This is not a bus tour! Booking early is recommended.
Tour Pick Up
Our shared group tours leave from and return to Playa del Carmen. Pick up/ drop off included at most hotels in or south of Playa del Carmen proper. If you’re staying outside of our pickup area, we have a central meeting point in downtown PDC. If you are not sure if your hotel is within our pickup area, please send us a quick email inquiry. Private tours are door to door pickup/ drop off, however, additional transportation charges may apply for some locations, i.e. Puerto Morelos to Cancun. You will receive detailed pickup information along with your tour confirmation upon booking.
How do I book?
Click on the “Book Now” button or the Reservations tab in our footer menu below. On our YucaTreks Tour Calendar, choose the tour and date you wish to book, click on it, and simply follow the instructions to make your PayPal deposit payment. Your tour confirmation will include pickup details, what to bring and other info you’ll need for the day.
Private Tours?
If you have a group and prefer something more exclusive, we can schedule this tour almost any day that suits you, and even customize the itinerary. Contact us for availability and a tour price

Private Tours Rates

Group Size Price / Person Group Size Price / Person
1 $365 6 – 8 $130
2 $215 9 – 11 $115
3 $180 12 – 14 $105
4 $165 15 – 17 $100
5 $145 18 + $95

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Coba Ruins – A historically rich Mayan city

The Coba Treasures excursion invites you to explore what is one of the most interesting Mayan cities in the Yucatan. Coba is significantly older than the ruins of Tulum, dating from 200 BC-1450 AD. This important trading hub is believed to have supported up to 55,000 people during its peak and contains around 6,500 structures, most of which are still hidden in the wild, overgrown depths of the jungle. Coba is the forgotten ruin in the Yucatan, with roads leading to this destination much later than other more well-known archeological sites in the Yucatan. Today, Coba and the Mayan ruins that surrounds this small Mayan town, are still off the radar for many visitors but one of our favorite places to experience and visit.

The early bird gets the Coba Ruins site to themselves

Our early jump on the day means our group is usually one of the first to arrive to this archeological site. We allow enough time at the Coba ruins site to truly enjoy it – no rush. We are joined by INAH-certified local guides of Coba, all of whom are of Mayan decent and native to the area. Understandably, these guides are quite proud of their heritage, offering you an incomparable insight into Mayan history, tradition, and ways of life as you leisurely stroll through shaded jungle paths.

Throughout your Coba Ruin experience, you will explore and learn about many culturally significant buildings; pyramids, temples, roads, watch towers and ball courts. But your tour is not limited to just the buildings. Exotic birds and butterflies are commonly seen and heard. Guides reference and explain indigenous trees and vegetation that remain important to the Mayas; environmentally, medicinally and spiritually. What makes this Mayan site a jaw dropping experience is seeing the countless unexcavated ruins covered with tropical vegetation. This will leave you intrigued but most of all captured by the size of this ancient Mayan treasure.

For many people, the pinnacle of the Coba Ruin portion of our tour is climbing Nohoch Mul, the tallest Mayan pyramid on the Yucatan Peninsula. This 42 meter/138 feet climb is rewarded by breathtaking views of the jungle and lakes which surround Coba.

Lunch furthers your Yucatan Coba experience

Our lunch is as unique as the Coba Ruins. We take you to a typical family-run Yucatecan restaurant located on the shore of Lake Coba. Part of the Coba experience is a great meal that utilizes ancient recipes passed down from generation to generation. Choose from a number of tasty traditional dishes, Poc Chuc or Pork Pibil being a favorite dish by many, served with homemade corn tortillas. Homemade, hand-made corn tortillas are hard to find so this is a special treat! If you are looking for a great photo opportunity during lunch, keeps your eyes open for the resident crocodile that cruises in Coba Lake.

Going from the Mayan sky to the underworld

If you have never seen a cenote, it’s almost wrong to take you to Cho-Ha. Cho-Ha is so spectacular it seems unfair to the other cenotes. Whether you have seen a cenotes before or not, this natural sinkhole will surely blow you away. Your jaw is bound to drop further and further with each step you take down the sturdy staircase leading to this amazing cavern. Photos cannot do this natural wonder any justice, you just have to see and experience it for yourself! We’ll go for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters and have leave you time to explore.

Mayan villages on the Coba Road

Heading back to Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya, we stop in one of the Mayan villages located on this inland road. First, we visit the Honey Co-op distribution center where they produce and sell various products make from organic Yucatecan honey. Second, we visit a Mayan family-owned handicraft store that is located in their home. The family is happy to share their experiences of what life is like in the Yucatan countryside. Their kids are adorable, their gardens beautiful, and their ranch of small animals including ‘Pancho the Spider Monkey’ provide great photo opportunities and a good chuckle.

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