Begin your tour with early morning hotel pickup in Cancun for the 2-hour drive to Coba. Your early wake-up call will be worth it when you arrive as one of the first visitors of the day to explore the impressive ruins of this ancient Mayan city.
Follow your certified archaeologist guide into the site and receive an in-depth tour of Coba’s history and architecture. Considered one of the largest pre-Columbian settlements of the Classic period, Coba boasts nearly 6,500 structures contained inside the archaeological zone, which covers approximately 43 square miles (70 square km). About 50,0000 people once lived in the city.
Hear about the city’s construction around five lakes within the dense jungle, leading to its name, which in Mayan means ‘place of choppy water,’ or ‘water stirred by wind’ in Spanish. As you walk through the ruins, learn more about the network of roads that you see, as well as the stelae, or stone monuments, and the hieroglyphic texts.
Climb to the top of the tallest Mayan pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula, the Nohoch Mul Pyramid, which towers 140 feet (42 meters) above the rainforest floor and offers breathtaking views.
With this Exclusive, your early morning visit to Coba allows you to explore the site before the hordes rush in, and then cool down after the tour with a swim. Head to Aktun Chen cenote, an underground cavern with a pool of water, and relax in the naturally illuminated cave for about an hour.
Then, dig into a hearty buffet meal at a local restaurant featuring typical Mexican fare, pastas, salads and desserts, before enjoying transport back to Cancun.