Zona Arqueológica de Cobá

Zona Arqueológica de Cobá

Zona Arqueológica de Cobá
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The ancient city of Coba offers a glimpse of the Maya civilization through monumental ruins and intricate engravings. Explore the site by walking through tree-lined paths, riding a rented bike, or hiring a tricycle taxi. You can also climb to the top of the 138-foot-tall Ixmoja Pyramid, one of the tallest in the Yucatan Peninsula, and enjoy the fantastic views of the jungle. Before leaving, stop to recharge and grab a snack at the Coba village. This archaeological site can be easily reached from Tulum and Valladolid, making it a great day trip. You can also take a guided tour with an expert to learn more about its history. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Amir G
    Thornhill, Canada418 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    More Great Pyramids of the Mayans
    We had a brilliant tour of the pyramid here and an interesting overview of the history of the Mayan people. One of the larger settlements of the Mayans, this site is estimated to have housed some 50 thousand people only to lose most of them due to the power and influence (and strength) of Chichen Itza. The pyramid here is great, but we were not allowed to climb it. The ruins here are well kept and especially the ball court, complete with the later addition of the rings. The walk over from the entrance was not terrible, even in the summer heat, and the site is mostly level.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 July 2023
  • soniakgill
    Sacramento, California8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing and worth your time
    An amazing site to visit and I highly recommend renting a bike to ride around. The site isn’t too large and there are guides around for questions. And in a jungle, the breeze of a bike ride feels great! One thing that surprised me is that you pay a fee (if you’re driving into Cobá to park) before you get to the lot to the government and then another fee to the local Mayans to enter. It would be nice to pay one fee upfront because it’s sort of confusing to pay twice.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Russell C
    Guernsey, United Kingdom46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit. Turn up early.
    We arrived soon after the park opened and it was relatively quiet. We left at about 11:30am as hordes of tourists arrived. We hired a guide which is well worth the fee. There is surprisingly little information by the ruins themselves. There were guides inside the park who were prepared to negotiate their fee. The main temple is 2kms from the rest of the ruins, through the jungle. Our advice is to hire a tricycle “taxi” for 150 pesos for the return trip.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Steve_Grant1
    Oldham, United Kingdom1,724 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    This is clearly a historic ancient site. Different to Chichen-Itza. MaKe sure that you take you take the+bike ride to the largest structure on the site. Don’t worry you just sit and another person powers the cycle for you. The other benefit of doing this is that the bikes stop a5 all the interesting structures along the route.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Roy M
    Boulder, Colorado104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My top pick for Maya sites in Yucatán.
    I’ve been to Coba twice now and I think it one of the best archeological sites in the Yucatán. I’m selfishly glad more people haven’t discovered it yet. First time I did it as a day trip and walked the site. This last time I stayed two nights, got to the site early, and took advantage of the pedal taxi services. It was fabulous. Coba is big. It covers a lot of real estate. Well worth the trip.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 October 2023
  • dave s
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Better than Chechen Itza
    Nice history site. Not as developed and restored as Chichen itza but I think nicer. We drove ourselves there, no tour. Entry tax/parking fee is is one charge about 200 peso for 3 of us and entry is another 200 peso. We hired a guide (worth it for about 1100 peso). and hired a pedal tricyle with driver for 150 peso (definately worth it) or you can rent a bike each for less. We are in our late 60's and early 70's so tricycle was great! Guide gives a lot of history. We had Roberto May May. Very good. Also we had two adults and 10 year old. He was engrossed and when we rented tricycles he rode with guide in one and us in other and only had to pay for one. Ate at the little restaurant attached. Good little buffet for about 200 peso.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 November 2023
  • Lauren B
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most beautiful place!
    This was one of our last stops on our trip and also one of our favorite! The drive there was typical (although we did see quite a lot of interesting things for sale along the route) but once we entered the ZA, we were blown away by the beauty of the place. The best way to see the ruins is by tricycle. Our guide did all the pedaling, taking us throughout the park to see the ruins. There was a cloud cover and the breeze from the ride was quite nice! I am so glad we took the time to visit Coba ruins. Highly recommend this one over almost all the other archaeological sites we visited in the Yucatán.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 November 2023
  • Chante A
    15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful site to visit whilst in Mexico
    Really interesting place to visit, definitely worth while to find out more about the history. My mum has mobility issues and the drive on the bikes you can use was excellent and tried to accommodate where possible. We went with Tui and they advised that the trip was accessible however there is a walk from the entrance to get the bikes which was very uneven.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 December 2023
  • ToC
    39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic!
    Fantastic! On the way from Chichén Itzá, we take the opportunity to look at these ruins. Unbelievably interesting with these buildings surrounded by greenery and the jungle so close. Just walk around, doesn't take too long and gives you the opportunity to see some monkeys and look into the jungle for unexcavated remains. The innovation and development of this Indigenous people is fascinating. It is striking how its history and destiny have so much in common with other Indigenous people all over the world
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 December 2023
  • Danya K
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guide cobs with Jorge Moo
    We went to Cobá, with family of 11, and planned on not getting a tour guide. We walked in, past all the guides. After Jorge Moo asks us, we said maybe, let’s look around. Ask for him!!! You will not be disappointed!!! We quickly realized we wanted more information and we liked his relaxed attitude. He was SO informative, a local Mayan, and incredibly joyful to share his knowledge and life experiences. It was wonderful to learn about his life, his people, and the Mayan culture. We saw bees, snakes, and stopped many times to learn more than we would have done by ourselves. Highly recommend. Afterwards he recommended a place to eat, which was my best meal yet, and took us to a local Mayan place to get honey and honey liquor. The whole time, a gracious attitude and very helpful.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 January 2024
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E C
Los Angeles, CA25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We recently went to the Coba ruins. For Coba, we hired Jorge Moo (WhatsApp 52-985-116-1705) as our tour guide for 1,000 pesos. It was easy arranging the tour with Jorge on WhatsApp. Jorge was fantastic and provided the history, cultural background, and facts about the ruins. He also helped us take pictures there. He recommended that we rent a bike, which was a great recommendation since Coba is so spread out. Overall, Coba was good but Jorge’s tour made Coba very good. Jorge also had some recommendations for Mayan bees nearby and a restaurant, which had very fresh tasting juice. Unfortunately, I don't recall the name of the restaurant but it may have been Restaurante El Mexicano? It was close to the entrance of the Coba ruins. We would recommend hiring Jorge if you plan to go in the future.
Written 26 May 2024
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Zan
Los Angeles, CA142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
One of the oldest Mayans settlements still in existence and has the tallest pyramid in Latin America. Nohoch Mul sits way above the trees and given how flat Tulum is you can really see from miles making it an excellent guard post and temple for the ancients. In 2021, and earlier, it was possible to actually physically climb up this temple but now you can just view it, which was a bit disappointing. We visited the site with a tour so we did not pay the entry fee. It was part of our tour ticket. There is an area in the front that sells gifts, water, and food right near the large parking lot. At the entrance you can rent bikes or a two person rickshaw driven by a Mayan local, which is free, but we tipped them a lot for all of their hard work. The site is very large and spread out, so it really was nice to have wheels to get around otherwise it will be quite a walk.

This site is much older than Chichen Itza and was most likely abandoned due to infighting, deforestation, and drought. You can see a few small scale Mayan ball court here, but obviously the largest version is over in Chichen Itza. It’s really humbling to see how great of engineers and architects the ancient Mayans were and being able to physically walk on site is truly a memorable experience. I would definitely recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen, comfortable shoes, and water. We did not deal with any insects during our visit, but it was about 95° out in Fahrenheit so it was extremely toasty given the humidity.

Overall, this is a must visit site when in Tulum, especially if you have any interest in Mayan history. This was the oldest and first Mayan settlement, so it’s very important to see where a civilization started to really understand it. I would recommend to anyone and feel that it is a great place to visit for people of all ages and fitness levels.
Written 7 May 2024
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Jan B
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Make sure to rent the tricycle! You don't have to do any peddling its all done by a friendly local. Our guide Antonio was the friendliest knowledgeable person who answered every question.
Written 28 April 2024
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Rob G
Red Deer, Canada211 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We had a wonderful tour at the Coba ruins with Jorge Moo as our guide.
We chose the Coba ruins instead of the Tulum ruins because we heard there were massive crowds at Tulum and very little shade. Quite the opposite at Coba.

I prearranged Jorge by whatsapp a couple of days ahead and fortunately he was available.
Jorge's contact info (on whatsapp) is
+52 1 985 116 1705

On arrival, we paid admission to the car parking area, used the washrooms, then paid the park admission and met Jorge near the bicycle rentals - a short walk in. All very simple and straight forward.

Jorge is a Maya person and is both knowledgeable and passionate about both his culture and the Mayan history. He pointed out so many things about the Coba ruins that we might not have otherwise seen or learned of.

We rented bikes, which worked well for us. The whole area is quite shaded, which was great.

Our tour with Jorge was just short of two hours long.
Written 17 April 2024
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Stephanie
Houston, TX1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Contact Jorge Moo, he has several recommendations here and a tour of the site. The truth is, my family loved it. He is a person who transmits the history and is very informative. We did the tour with bicycles. It is more comfortable. The truth is, I am not one to recommend people, but Jorge Moo made the visit more interesting, it's a shame you can't climb the temple.
Written 11 April 2024
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Angel C
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Nice outing with family. Bikes may not be worth it if fit as there is not that much terrain to cover. Although on a hot day they may be easier to cover the terrain and stay cool
Written 28 March 2024
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Gilbert O
Bound Brook, NJ4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Awesome. This place is awesome.
I'd skip Tulum if I had to choose (we did Tulum in the morning on the same day). This place is massive. We arrived around 2:15 PM, a bit later than we wanted but it worked out because all the crowds were gone. Definitely rent a bike. The distances are way too long to walk with kids. You can't climb the pyramid any more but definitely worth going to see this place.
Written 21 March 2024
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Sarah T
Barneveld, WI100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We drove our rental car from Akumal. It was a fun, and interesting place. We saw some monkeys 🙉, and beautiful birds 🐦. The ruins were amazing, considering how ancient they are. We rented bikes 🚴, which was nice, as we could set our own pace.
Written 15 March 2024
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Diego T
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
It was a great experience to know this archaeological area full of history, it was surprising to see the architecture that the Mayans used at that time.
What caught my attention the most was the area in which it is located since it is located in the middle of the jungle and is in contact with a lot of vegetation, not like other archaeological areas that have had this flora removed so that the ruins can be seen.
Written 6 March 2024
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bilasukari
Australia234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Shaded site spread over several kms of trails. Not crowded but the usual selfie-taking super-vain who love the sound of their own loud voices everywhere. Beautiful birds and even monkeys for those who stop talking long enough to observe.
Written 28 February 2024
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