Travel back to the ancient Maya era with a full day exploring the ruins of Coba and climbing to the top of its highest pyramid before taking a dip in an underground cenote swimming hole. Enjoy a scenic ferry ride to mainland Mexico and then an air-conditioned coach ride to the remote jungle environs of Coba. Situated around two big lagoons, these grounds were once home to some 50,000 inhabitants, as well as the largest network of original sacbeob (white roads) of the Mayan world. Here you’ll see palaces, ball courts and engraved stele (stone or wooden slabs) that depict ceremonial life in Mesoamerica. You’ll also have the chance to climb all 120 steps of Nohoch Mul, the highest Mayan pyramid in the Yucatán. Standing 137 feet high at the top, you can take in panoramic views of the surrounding jungle and 16 sacbeob roads that lead to this central pyramid. Then it’s time to cool off in a local cenote. Natural sinkholes formed from the subsiding of limestone bedrock, these mystical grottoes were used by the ancient Maya as sacrificial offering grounds. Today, you’ll delight in a swim through crystalline waters at one of these turquoise pools before returning to port.
• Coba: Tucked amidst dense jungle, this ancient Maya city once housed 50,000 residents and a large network of stone causeways.
• Nohoch Mul: Climb 120 steps to the top of this central pyramid to be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views.
• Cenote: Splash in the turquoise waters of a sinkhole where the Maya used to conduct sacrificial offerings to the gods.
What to Bring:
• SeaPass card and photo identification
• Cash/credit cards
• Sun protection
• Change of clothes
• Insect repellent
• Bottled water
• Back Pack
• Towel (from ship)
What to Wear:
• Walking shoes
• Hat and sunglasses
• Light clothing
• Swimsuit under cover-up or light clothing
• Guests must be able to walk approximately 2,780 yards over paved, cobblestone, uneven and dirt surfaces, with inclines and about 208 steps and extended periods of standing.
• Guests must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate.
• Guests with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour — particularly tours categorized as "strenuous".
• Guests who have concerns must consult with their personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be strenuous for them.
• Pregnant women and guests with back/neck problems should not select this tour.
• Guests in wheelchairs and others with limited mobility should not select this tour.
• Guests prone to motion sickness should take precautions.
• Optional bike/taxi service is available for guests not wishing to walk during tour of ruins. Additional fee is approximately $10 per person round trip, payable at site. Vehicles hold 1-2 guests.
• No flash bulbs, tripods or professional video equipment inside the ruins.
• Guests taking video in any format (video cameras, cell phones, tablets) will be charged government fee of approximately $8 -10 USD payable in cash at site.
• Tour includes a box lunch that consists of a sandwich, potato chips, muffin, fruit and soda/water.
• Participation limited but minimum required for tour to operate.
• Tour can be private, with the price varying according to number of participants and transportation used.
• The ferry ride to and from Playa del Carmen is approximately 45 minutes each way. The drive to and from Coba is approximately 1.5 hours each way.
• Tour sequence may vary.