Coba Ruins self-guided tour from Cancun
Attractions & guided tours

Coba Ruins self-guided tour from Cancun

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$8.00
Free cancellation
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 1 hour
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Uncover the secrets of an ancient civilization that has fascinated archaeologists for centuries
  • Scale an ancient Mayan pyramid at one of the last remaining sites which allows visitors to climb these stairs
  • Walk the ancient streets of a long-lost city
  • Learn the secret meanings behind the animal imagery used in ancient Mayan artwork
What to expect

Your walking tour of the Coba Ruins begins, appropriately, at the site’s entrance. As you enter and get your first look at the place, you will hear the story of how this astonishingly advanced civilization rose and fell. You’ll also get to know some of the little-known facts about the unique trees found in these ruins, and what importance they held in ancient Mayan society.

The first major landmark you’ll come to is a ball court. Unlike in other sites, this one was likely used for ceremonial purposes, to depict a struggle between dark and light. Pretty high stakes for a ball game!

It’ll be hard to miss the next stop: La Iglesia Pyramid. If you look closely, you might be able to see some residue from the paint which once coated this entire pyramid. A little farther down the path is the Crossroads Pyramid, an example of an unusual twist on the usual Mayan architecture.

As you walk, you’ll notice the surprisingly-intact network of ancient roads criss-crossing the site. These roads were actually hugely important to Mayan cities, and have a lot to say about life over a thousand years ago.

You’ll also notice a lot of large, rectangular stones with designs on them. These are called Stelae. As you walk, you’ll hear all about the meaning of these, and why the Mayans created them in the first place.

The next major landmark is the Pyramid of the Painted Lintel. This impressive limestone structure was once painted in bright colors, and you can still find traces of those colors if you know where to look.

As you pass the second ball court, which was used for the game in a more traditional way than the first, you’ll learn all about the religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Mayans, as well as the infamous calendar by which they tracked the passage of years.

Finally, you’ll find yourself at the foot of the Nohoch Mul Pyramid, the second largest Mayan pyramid in the entire world. But what’s better than admiring a pyramid like this from the bottom? Climbing to the top! Scale the 120 steps and survey the Coba Ruins from a whole new perspective.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • What's included
    • Self-guided tour taken via the app
    • Static map on your phone
    • Audio narration
    • Written text explanations
    • Unique password (sent by email) for access to app
    What's not included
    • Entrance fees to paid attractions
    • Food or drinks
    Where

    Cobá, Carretera Federal Tulum, 77793 Coba, Q.R., Mexico

    Meeting point:
    This self-guided tour begins at the Restaurant "El Faisán" entrance
    What to remember

    • This is a self-guided tour. No guide will accompany you. The Action Tour Guide app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map all in one

    • After the booking, you will receive an email with a link to the Action Tour Guide app and a unique password to access the tour within the app. Be sure to check your email before you begin driving to download the Action Tour Guide app, enter your unique password, and access your tour. From there, simply follow the audio instructions and the route. If you have any questions, please contact us by call, chat, or email

    • This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists

    • Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms

    • This tour is valid forever - from the moment of booking. You will not need to change the booking if your travel plans change

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    Provider
    ACTION TOUR GUIDE LIMITED
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 days before the experience begins.

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