Coba ruins and Snorkeling in Cenote

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
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Climb the highest Mayan pyramid of Mexico in Coba, ride a bike in the jungle to visit the ruins and swim in a cenote. An exclusive tour with a tasty Mexican lunch.

  • Online booking is available from 2 to 6 adults. If you are a bigger group, contact us to get your quote.
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Coba ruins and Snorkeling in Cenote Private Tour



One of the best things about the Riviera Maya is that it is home to an abundance of historical and natural attractions that can be combined to create a one-of-a-kind day trip. This all-inclusive Coba ruins tour combines the archaeological wonders of Coba, which was the largest Maya city during the civilization’s Classic period, with the beauty of snorkeling in a cenote.


Our private tour begins with a morning visit to Coba, which we try to organize so that you can avoid the crowds as much as possible and better enjoy your experience.

Once you arrive, your professional tour guide will take you to see all of Coba’s most interesting features. Not only will your guide take you for a bike ride through the jungle, but you’ll also be able to climb to the top of Coba’s famous step pyramid, which is one of the tallest Maya pyramids in the Yucatán Peninsula! You’ll definitely want to have your camera with you in order to take photos of the area from the top.


After you’re done visiting all of the many exciting archaeological sites at Coba, including the famous Maya ball court, we’ll head to the jungle to go snorkeling in cenote. Cenotes are beautiful underground caverns that were naturally formed by rainwater eroding limestone over centuries. In addition to containing fascinating natural features like stalactites and stalagmites, they’re also a great place for beginners to go snorkeling since the water inside them is calm.


We’ll provide all of the snorkeling equipment you need, plus your trained guide will be with you every step of the way in case you need help. Finally, after exploring the cenote and relaxing in its cool water for a while, we’ll end our tour by stopping for a traditional lunch at a local restaurant.



General info:

  • Duration: 7/8 hours
  • Physicality: Easy
  • Age: All ages
  • Snorkeling: Basic swimming skills required. This excursion suits everyone from novices to experts.
  • Which cenote will you visit? As you can see in the pictures, you have several cenotes, you will have to choose one of them with your guide.
  • Mobility: We can adapt this tour for people with disability.


This Coba ruins tour is exclusively private to better meet your expectations.


All tours are scheduled at the best hours to avoid high traffic and heat on the sites.


  • 06:30am: Transportation from your hotel to Coba
  • 08:00am – 10:00am: Visit of Coba
  • 10:00am – 11:00am: Transportation
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm: Snorkeling in cenote
  • 12:00pm – 01:30pm: Lunch in a restaurant
  • 01:30pm – 02:30pm: Transportation to your hotel


Itinerary is based on a departure from Playa del Carmen. Pick up time is recommended time to avoid the crowds. We can leave later if you want to.
Schedule is indicative, we can stay more or less time at each place depending on your preferences.

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel with air-conditioned transportation
  • Experienced certified private guide all day long
  • All entrance fees
  • Bicycle/Taxi-tricycle rental at Coba ruins
  • Cleaned equipment (mask, snorkel, wetsuits, life jackets)
  • Cool drinks in the van (waters, soda, beer)
  • Lunch in a restaurant with one main course a la carte and drinks (waters, soda, beer)
  • Free pictures of the ruins!
  • Ruins: In case you bring a go pro camera, a video camera or a phone with a selfie stick, there is a 45 pesos (less than 3USD) per device charged at the entrance of each archeological site, to be paid in pesos (INAH tax) – Tripods for video/cameras are forbidden.
  • Tips
  • Swimsuit and beach towel
  • Comfortable shoes and light clothes to visit the ruins
  • Flip flops or water shoes for swimming activities
  • Hat or cap and sunglasses
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Biodegradable mosquito repellent
  • Camera/Underwater camera.
  • Cash for souvenirs/tips


You can bring personal belongings you require during the tour (phone, camera, extra set of clothes). While you are visiting or snorkeling you can leave the things you do not need in the van. Our driver will always be in the van, so keeping your things safe!

4 reviews for Coba ruins and Snorkeling in Cenote

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    We did the trip to Coba and swimming in a cenote which was a really great combination of culture and nature. Off to Coba first which is an amazingly impressive site. Our guide Claire who was with us all day took a local guide, Pedro, when we got there which meant that we got the maximum information about the complex. We explored the excavated areas near the entrance first and then took a tricycle ride to the large ‘pyramid’ where we climbed to the top. It really is a place you could go back to time after time as more is excavated and put on public display. Then off to the cenote for a swim. The one Claire chose was quite far off the main road but that meant that in the whole cave there was only ourselves an one other small party of people. We ended with a late lunch of real Mexican food which was well earned and delicious. I can’t recommend the experience highly enough

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    We used Absolute Adventure for a tour of the Coba Ruins and snorkeling in a cenote. We had a 6:30 a.m. early start but so worth it! We got to the ruins before everyone else did which really allowed us to appreciate our surroundings. We were the first ones to climb up the Mayan ruin and got to enjoy the spectacular view without a ton of people around! We loved being able to use the bikes to get around too! From there we went to a yummy lunch and then off to the cenote. We were given wet suits and snorkels and explained how things worked. Having two children with me, I appreciated having a guide with us and that he was very familiar with the area. From start to finish, we knew we were in good hands, had some good conversations and laughs, learned a lot and went home happy and tired!! Great day trip out! One last thing – the car was clean and and the driver was very good.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    We hired Absolute Adventures for a half-day private tour which included the Ruins of Coba and Snorkling in Centoe (underground caves). It was a truly authentic experience. The guide, Arturo (spelling?), was very knowledgeable throughout the tours. He climbed the ruins with us and took pictures of our group throughout. They got us to the Coba ruins right when it opened which was planned on their part as it wasn’t as crowded and the sun wasn’t steaming down on us. By the time we left, it was packed and I can’t imagine climbing that ruin with all those people on it and as the heat intensified. We were so happy to do it with a limited number of visitors at the time. The bike ride at the ruins was wonderfully shaded throughout and added to the relaxation of the trip. The cave snorkeling was a unique experience and it felt like their own private piece of history. The tour ended at a delicious authentic lunch spot!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    I found Chris and Absolute Adventures by searching the internet, and he hands down deserves a 5 star rating. When searching for a tour I was looking for someone who was willing to take someone with a disabiltiy as I am a wheelchair user. Chris blew my expectations away. He carried me part way up the Coba ruins, got me in the ocean to snorkel with turtles and carried me down to swim in the Cenote. Take Chris’s advice and start the tour early! Well worth beating the crowds at the ruins.

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