Coba and Tulum ruins

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PRIVATE TOUR: The perfect private tour for history lovers: Discover the Maya history visiting the ruins of Tulum and Coba with a private guide and enjoy a typical Mexican meal.

Due to covid-19 sanitary measures, it not allowed to climb the Coba pyramid till further notice.

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Tulum ruins & Coba ruins Private Tour

If you’ve come to visit the Riviera Maya because you’re fascinated by the ancient Mayan cities, then this all-inclusive private Tulum Coba tour is perfect for your group. Not only will we take you and your fellow history lovers to explore the ancient city of Coba, which dates back to the Classic period of the Mayan history, but we’ll also visit the coastal ruins of Tulum, a former trading port that was at its peak during the civilization’s Postclassic period.

Our tour begins with a visit to Tulum, which is widely considered to be one of the most important sites left by the Mayans.

We plan our tours to avoid the crowds so that you can enjoy the experience as much as possible, and also provide you with a friendly, knowledgeable personal tour guide who will show you all of the archaeological highlights and share fascinating facts about the Mayans with you. In addition to viewing the beautiful temple of the descending god, you’ll be able to view the impressive main temple “El Castillo” and spend as much time as you like enjoying the breathtaking views of the nearby Caribbean Sea.

Once you’ve explored every single nook and cranny of Tulum, we’ll head to the ancient city of Coba, which is located a bit further inland. To start, we’ll go for an unforgettable ride through the jungle on the city’s famous network of ancient stone roadways.

Your tour guide will also take you to see Coba’s most interesting features, such as the large pyramid Nohoch Mul, which you’ll be welcome to climb if you want! Finally, we’ll end the tour by stopping for a delicious lunch of authentic Mexican food at a local restaurant, where you can relax and discuss all of the amazing things you’ve seen and done throughout the day.

Want to do more in your day trip?… Nothing better than swimming after the ruins!
To extend this adventure, we offer the option to add a cenote swim at the end of the tour. In that case we visit the 2 cenotes of Coba! One of them including cliff jumping!

General info

  • Duration: 7/8 hours
  • Physicality: Easy
  • Age: All ages
  • Mobility: We can adapt this tour for people with disability.
  • We offer the option to add a cenote to this private ruins tour, in that case we visit the 2 cenotes of Coba.

This is an exclusive private tour to better meet your expectations.

Price includes

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel with private air-conditioned transportation
  • Experienced certified private guide all day long
  • All entrance fees
  • Bicycle/Taxi-tricycle rental at Coba ruins
  • Cool drinks in the van (waters, soda, beer)
  • Lunch in a restaurant with one main course a la carte and one drink (water, soda or beer) per person
  • Your guide will show you where to take the best pictures and will be happy to help to take you in photo with your camera or phone!

Price excludes

  • Ruins: In case you bring a go pro camera, a video camera or a phone with a selfie stick, there is a 50 pesos (less than 3USD) per device charged at the entrance of each
    archeological site, to be paid in pesos (INAH tax) – Drones and Tripods for video/cameras are forbidden.
  • Tips

Itinerary

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

07:00am: Private transportation from your hotel to Tulum
Discover the benefits of early departure to visit Tulum
08:00am – 10:00am: Visit of Tulum ruins
10:00am – 10:45am: Transportation
10:45am – 12:45pm: Visit of Coba ruins
12:45pm – 01:30pm: Lunch in a restaurant
01:30pm – 03:00pm: 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.

This tour doesn’t include Tulum centro/Tulum beach-hotel areas. Only Tulum Mayan ruins.

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes and light clothes to visit the ruins
  • 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 don’t need in the van. Our driver will always be in the van, so keeping your things safe!

30 reviews for Coba and Tulum ruins

  1. Brittany

    We had an amazing day with Dulce and Carlos doing this tour! Dulce was very knowledgeable and took wonderful photos at the sites. Tulum was very picturesque and Coba was a great adventure. We had so much fun and learned a lot about the Mayans and these sites. Carlos navigated the roads with expert skill and got us to and from where we needed to go safely. I could not recommend this excursion and this company enough!

  2. Tom

    Our group of 10 had a wonderful time. Rodrigo was an expert driver with a comfortable vehicle and we can’t say enough praise for Juan “JJ”. He was so fun, informative and made our experience visiting the Tulum and Cota ruins, followed by 2 cenotes even better!

  3. Bill G

    Tulum and Coba are very different Mayan sites, one on the shore and one in the jungle. Our 11- hour tour from Cancun was about 11 hours and included a nice lunch at Coba. Hector, our private tour guide was very informative and patient with our questions.

  4. Tour67

    My husband, myself and 3 young adult children went on the private archaeological tour to Coba and Tulum Mayan ruins. Everything was perfect and as advertised. Pick up at hotel was seamless. Early Tulum entry was much appreciated, having been there before in the crowds. This was my first time to Coba and it was the highlight of the trip. The Tour guide was very informative and answered all my questions about Mayan and Mexican history/geography. He was a wonderful host and took wonderful pictures of family. Definitely Excellent trip.

  5. Barker

    Amazing day with Manuel touring Tulum and Coba! He was a wonderful guide and lots of fun to be around. He took some amazing photos of our family and we enjoyed a wonderful lunch together. So glad we took the private tour – very worth it!

  6. Jacalyn

    Excellent tour with Juan from start to finish. Because we were staying near the Tulum ruins we started there. Very informative information. Continued to Cobá to climb to the top of the temple and see the spectacular views. We did the two person sitting bike so we could really take in the views along the way as our guide described structures, plants and animals. Last stop at a small beautiful restaurant, chose to sit upstairs for viewing and nice breeze. Our food was delicious as was the host.

  7. BProano

    We were so glad we found this private tour and had a great day with our guide Juan. Pickup and drop off were seamless. Being able to be on a private tour meant we got to both sites before the huge crowds, and we went at our own pace. Juan was able to provide the perfect amount of time, and information at each place based on our needs. He was friendly and very knowledgable. The authentic lunch in the town by Coba was great food we would have never found on our own. An overall 5 star experience.

  8. Kelly

    My teen son and I had been most looking forward to our tour of Coba and Tulum out of all the things we had planned for our Mexican vacation. Having studied archeology in college it was a dream of mine to make a trip to see various mayan sites in the Yucatan including Coba. Our day turned out to meet and exceed our great expectations. The day was expertly planned so as to best avoid the crowds andJuan was extremely personable, knowledgable and patient with all of our many questions. We felt very comfortable and well taken care of throughout the day and the lunch we had was delicious. I heartily recommend this company based upon the experience we had.

  9. Ronyan90

    My husband and I always plan our trips and never do tours. So this was a first for us and we could not have been happier. It was so simple to set up by email, all my requests were accommodated and everything went exactly as planned. We visited Tulum, climbed Coba, swam in a Cenote and ate a great lunch in a local restaurant. Hector was a knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide and Rodrigo a courteous, attentive driver. Both were a pleasure to hang out with for the day. Thank you for helping to make our trip to Mexico a great one!

  10. Connie C

    This was a great excursion! It was exactly as described. Juan was a wonderful tour guide. The private tour and van were great. Getting to Tulum first thing in the morning meant that we beat the crowds and the heat. We had pictures with no one else in the background. The bike rental at Coba and climbing the pyramid were memorable experiences as well, and it was seamless and easy, with Juan as our guide! Lunch was at a real mom and pop restaurant near Coba, a place we’d never venture to on our own, but the food was good and the bathrooms clean. I highly recommend this excursion!

  11. Corinne B

    This was an awesome tour, it was just my husband and I and our tour guide. We had Rodrico (our driver) and Hector (our guide). We left our hotel and went to Tulum, then went to Coba and then to a Mexican restaurant for lunch. Hector was super friendly and informative. Would definitely use them again.

  12. Susan

    Excellent private tour of Tulum and Coba. Highly recommend Absolute Adventure. See review on Trip Advisor

  13. Anilkum

    Excellent trip to historical sites our guide Juan was very personable and helpful.Hewas very knowledgeable and was a great resource I would recommend this tour to anyone

  14. K.C.

    We had a wonderful time with Manuel on our tour. Everyone was prompt and courteous, and very informative. It was a great time and worth the money ! We had a splendid lunch. I would recommend this company!

  15. Linda

    We were a family of 7 with a 5 yr old. We wanted to tour ruins and swim cenotes and chose Absolute’s private tour after researching and reading reviews. It was worth it and we are usually do-it-yourselfers. We did the Tulum, Coba ruins tour with 2 cenotes added on. The whole day was fun, educational, and well managed. Our guide Manuel was very friendly, informative, and passionate about his job. Pascual was a great driver and very sweet. The guides at both Tulum and Coba were excellent, we learned so much. Glad to have worn tennis shoes for the climb up the Coba temple. After the ruins, we went to 2 cenotes near Coba that were caves, very cool water but refreshing, fascinating, and not crowded. The lunch was very good too and we appreciated the drinks provided throughout the day. It was a long 12-hour day since our hotel was north of Cancun but Absolute worked it all out and made the experience pleasurable and worry free. We never felt rushed, it was nice to have everything taken care of even some group pictures. Thank you Manuel, Pascual and the Absolute team!

  16. Kathleen

    I was really glad I found Absolute Adventure and didn’t just go on a cattle-call coach tour. Our day with Juan-José and Rodrigo was truly perfect from beginning to end. The extra expense was totally worth the personal pickup and service and we thoroughly enjoyed their attentive companionship. Tulum ruins were beautiful in the cool, early morning, and the ride through the massive grounds of Coba on two bike-taxis was a great way to experience the ruins in the jungle. We also liked the restaurant where we had lunch at the end of the tour very much. Juan was a wealth of information and kept us entertained throughout out 7.5-hour experience—he’s just a really warm, open, smart, interesting guy, and Rodrigo was a great driver. When we left them it felt like we were leaving really cool new friends.

  17. Lou321

    Excellent guide and driver,Arturo was very knowledgeable as well as the guides at Tulum and coba. We really enjoyed the trip and loved learning about the Mayan culture. We were looked after very well throughout the whole trip and would highly recommend absolute adventure especially when traveling with young children.

  18. David M

    This is our first time in Cancun. We picked Absolute Adventure as it was highly rated and we were not disappointment!

    Our guide, Juan, was amazing; knowledgeable, personable, humorous and just a lovely human being.

    Both Tulum and Coba were breathtaking. The private tour is the way to go – avoid the crowds and don’t spend hours sitting in a bus while other tour companies drive all around Cancun picking up strangers. AA was prompt, our driver (Rodriguez) got us to where we wanted to go, safely. The personalized service ensures you get to see exactly what you want to, in your own time. I love the little touches like Juan taking photos of the day and sending them to us, as well as joining us for lunch and talking about what day-to-day life is like in Mexico (in addition to the history of the ruins, etc).

    Thanks so much Juan. Make sure you come stay with us when you come and visit Australia!

    David

  19. London traveler

    Certainly recommend this company. We had a large group of us including two young children and a disabled adult. We booked a private tour of Coba and Tulum archaeological sites. Claire was very kind and very helpful on the phone regarding our booking – which we admittedly did with just a few day’s notice. They had snacks and drinks in the air conditioned vehicle. The price was very reasonable for what was on offer. Arturo was very knowledgeable and Ervin was very friendly. We went to a nice Mexican restaurant for lunch too.

  20. Jason

    I highly recommend this agency for visiting Tulum and Coba. The guide was able to explain us everything. These guys were easy reach and communication was easy. Top notch service !

  21. Victor

    We had an amazing time visiting both sites. It was so interesting to learn about another culture. The vehicle was comfortable. The food was good. Everyone was so friendly. I would definitely recommend this to anyone taking a trip to Playa del Carmen.

  22. Vincent

    Great private tour to Tulum and Coba. Good communication prior to our arrival in Mexico. Well Informed guide. Pace was good and the tour was appropriately tailored to our interests. Having toured some of this area with other companies, these guys are much better. Far more personal and service oriented. Highly recommend

  23. Stephanie

    Our family private tour was awesome! Jaun was our guide and he was friendly, honest, knowledgeable and easy going. He was the best tour guide our family has ever had. Thank you for a great experience and for really making the private tour worth our time and money. Excellent service. Would work with the company again and again.

  24. Sandy

    Absolute Adventure staff was very professional. They arrived on time at our hotel and we arrived first in Tulum. Arturo was always checking how we are doing and reminded us that we can go at our own pace. There were plenty of drinks in the van. We couldn’t have wish for a better day! Thanks Arturo!

  25. Jacob

    We had such an amazing day!! Our guide was friendly and interesting. We felt very safe with him and our driver Juan took care of our bags when we where away. Ruins were beautiful and we managed to avoid crowds which was it was great!

  26. Scott

    We loved this trip. We visited Tulum ruins first and after we went to Coba. The lunch was very yummy – the best tacos we have ever had! Our tour guide, Arturo was fantastic and really made the trip.

  27. Gerard

    We booked Tulum and Coba tour. Its was a great day, full of discoveries and fun. We will remember this day for a long time!

  28. Leslie

    We were looking for a specific private tour of Tulum and Coba ruins and most companies offer an either/or option with snorkeling or a cenote swim. Juan and Ervin where our guide and driver respectively, and they were great. Juan was very knowledgeable, personable, and went above and beyond to ensure we had a safe, fulfilling, and enjoyable experience. We were picked up at our hotel on time and headed out to Tulum first, arriving before the park opened and before the massive crowds. Juan got our entry tickets and arranged for our guide, selecting a guide that complimented my wife’s interest in botany, then accompanied us through the ruins, adding much to our experience with his knowledge. We then headed to Coba where again Juan took care of everything including bicycle rental and a guide of the archaeological site. Then off to lunch at a nearby local restaurant with great food. We cannot recommend Juan and Absolute Adventure highly enough.

  29. Theo

    Arturo was our guide for the Tulum and Coba tour. He answered all our questions and told us about the Mexican culture. We were not sure about booking a private tour but we loved it. We had a driver, van and guide for ourselves, and we were never rushed! Arturo took pictures of us and they were emailed to us the next day. Thanks for this “Absolute” Adventure!

  30. Sam

    If you are interested in archeological sites, they are great placse to visit. Tour guide was excellent and very well informed about this historic site. learned a great deal about the Mayans, glad we went.

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