The 8 Best Things to Do in Coba, Mexico

November 7, 2017 Kelli Reichel

Discover the best top things to do in Coba, Mexico including Coba Ruins, Multum Ha Cenote, Cenotes Tamcach-Ha & Choo-Ha, Coba Sunset, Sac Ac Tun, Casa Itzamna, Artesanias El Tucan, Zoologika y Aldea Maya.
Restaurants in Coba

1. Coba Ruins

Coba, Mexico
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Coba Ruins

Coba (pronounced cō-bǝ) is an ancient Maya city on the Yucatán Peninsula, located in what is now northeastern Quintana Roo, Mexico. The site is the nexus of the largest network of stone causeways of the ancient Mayan world, and it contains many engraved and sculpted stelae that document ceremonial life and important events of the Late Classic Period (AD 600-900) of Mesoamerican civilization.[1] The adjacent modern village bearing the same name, reported a population of 1,278 inhabitants in the 2010 Mexican federal census.[2]

Reviewed By Check-My-Bucket-List - Alberta Canada

First of all if you go to the ruins you must take one of the little carts that the fellows peddle you around in. It is hard to walk because of uneven terrain and there are no walkways built . They charge 200 pesos (or 15$ CAD )and they make the experience lively and fun and on a hot day . Unless you’re used to the climate- it would be very easy to succumb to the heat. They also know where to go and if you explain your interest they are sure to get you around to the places you would like to see most.
Don’t forget to tip these guys as they receive very little of the money that is charged to use them. My suggestion is a minimum of $10 Canadian (143 pesos) but as it is a tip ... it is totally your call. Alternatively you can rent your own bicycle for 50 pesos each .
If you don’t take a tour bus to get out there, the cost to get in was very minimal at 70 pesos per person . Parking was 50 pesos ... The road to Coba is potholed and rough ... But signage is good and you’ll have no trouble finding the ruins
There is a small store outside the entrance to purchase bottled water, snacks, odds and ends as well as souvenirs. (There are also some poor hungry dogs that hang around the cars waiting for small hand outs. They don’t bite and are very afraid of people, so be kind to them.)
It is mind-boggling to think that we are able to walk amongst and touch something that was created so many years ago . According to Wikipedia: The site is the nexus of the largest network of stone causeways of the ancient Mayan world, and it contains many engraved and sculpted stelae that document ceremonial life and important events of the Late Classic Period (AD 600–900) of Mesoamerican civilization.[1
The area around the ruins is kept clean and well picked up…
You are allowed to climb to the top of the pyramid. There is a heavy rope that hangs down the middle of the structure that you can hold onto. The steps are narrow and get narrower as you go up. The view is outstanding and worth the climb but remember coming down can be even harder than it was to go up.
No trip to Coba Is complete without a swim in the cenote’s. The limestone caves are well lit, but the steps were damp and slippery so hold on to the railing . As I didn’t see any place to change except for possibly the bathroom, I would suggest wearing your bathing suit under your clothes. There is a small fee ( 55 Pesos) for going into the cenote’s. Because the water is pristine, do not use any sunscreen or bug spray prior to going in ...
It is such an exciting and memorable experience, it is one that I hope everyone visiting the Quintaroo area explores !!

2. Multum Ha Cenote

Coba, Mexico +52 984 133 8561
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4.5 based on 294 reviews

Multum Ha Cenote

Reviewed By biz_e26 - Cirencester, United Kingdom

This underwater cenote is accessed via a short spiral staircase, making it infinitely better for me than Choo-Ha, where the slippery, gappy wooden staircase made me queasy. Once at the bottom there's a broad wooden platform for storing your bags and towels, so I'd recommend taking them down with you rather than locking them in the car.
The cenote is unlike anything I've ever seen before - a perfectly round, clear pool, completely enclosed by rock. The water was pretty chilly, but you soon warm up. There are a couple of fish, but the real interest is in the geology, not the aquatic life.
The pool is deep enough to jump into, so we practiced our dives and flips! Luckily there weren't many other people there, so it was very tranquil.

3. Cenotes Tamcach-Ha & Choo-Ha

Calle de Chan Chen, Coba, Mexico
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4.5 based on 555 reviews

Cenotes Tamcach-Ha & Choo-Ha

Reviewed By Karaoshkin - New York City, New York

Nice cenote , but not the the people serving it. I did only Choo Ha, because it was more beautiful and i was short on time. Cenote is not taken care of, dirty water. I liked it's natural appearance, but not being there. After all the cenotes that i have seen it was average.

4. Coba Sunset

Quinta Avenida entre calle 40 y 42, Coba 77720, Mexico
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4.5 based on 143 reviews

Coba Sunset

Interact with the Magical Mayan Culture, drive a bicycle trough the ancient paths, enjoy the spectacular view of the jungle when your reach the top of the Pyramid. Enjoy a delicious Mayan Buffet with a spectacular view of the Lagoon. Discover the secrets of ancient Mayan Pottery while you create your own souvenir. Get to know the ancient Mayan rituals of the Ball Game, Music, Dance and Theater inside a sacred Cenote surrounded by torches.

Reviewed By trg159 - Playa del Carmen, Mexico

We booked this tour last minute after we slept in and had a late brunch. The Sprinter van picked us up right on time and our guide Pedro gave a great intro and history of the Mayan, Aztec and Toltec influences. Everything on the tour was nicely arranged so on stress on extras required. Bikes were provided to ride from the parking lot of the ruins up to the base of the site. Great to climb on top and see the views above the jungle. We opted for the adventure option instead of the cultural experience and glad we did. Zipline ride was fun and the Cenote was amazing with two diving platforms. A nice buffet dinner followed the activities with a short cultural display of the Mayan game. Overall a great way to spend the afternoon and early evening. Our guide Pedro was knowledgeable, spoke clearly and made sure we were getting the most of the trip.

5. Sac Ac Tun

Kilometers West of Tulum 5, Coba 77793, Mexico
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Sac Ac Tun

INDIRIZZOGran Cenote (Sac Aktun) Autostrada per Coba Tulum, MessicoINFORMAZIONI DIVER Prezzo: 100 Pesos Mx per nuotatori e snorkeling Mx 120 pesos per i sub Orario di apertura: 09:00-17:00 (in inverno a 4:30 PM) sito Snorkel: Sì Cavern divesite: Sì Cave divesite: Sì Ingresso / Uscita: facile . attraverso piattaforme e gradini in legno Profondità massima: Snorkel Area: 10m / 33ft Cavern: 12m / 39ft Halocline: Nessun tabelle ingranaggi di montaggio: Si Distanza dal attrezzarsi zona per l'acqua: 50 mts Temperatura: 24-26 gradi Celsius / 76 gradi Fahrenheit Modifica e servizi igienici: sì, spogliatoi e servizi igienici separati uomini / donne

Reviewed By qnstie

Sac Ac Tun is not easy to find, Google maps did not position it properly (Sep 2015) and the real location is 20.3159994,-87.4081963,14 (it is not possible to enter maps URL here, unfortunately). To get there, one needs to take exit to the Cenote Dos Ojos (across the street from Xel-Ha theme park), go past it and drive about 5.5km (3.5 mi) into the jungle (the road is bumpy but OK).
It is a guided swimming tour basically (you'll get the swimming vest, snorkels and fins are not allowed because they might damage the stalactites and stalagmites).
The cenote is amazing for those that are not afraid of the darkness. Yes, it is dark there even if the guide will have a powerful torch. Having your own diving torch is highly advisable (it must be waterproof).
The tour takes some 45 min and leads through a series of caverns, some almost entirely filled by thousands of stalagmites, all around you. Beautiful, amazing.
All in all - a wonderful, unique experience.

6. Casa Itzamna

Coba Village, Coba 77712, Mexico +52 984 109 3811
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Casa Itzamna

Reviewed By BenuAl - Houston, Texas, USA

Escape your every day commercial activity. Get immersed into an old Mayan experience. See a pre-hispanic medicine garden. Listen and feel the stingless bees in action. Get reborn in a Mayan revival bath. Taste a bite of authentic non-commercial mayan food.
I went with my wife and three young boys (8, 11, 13) and we all loved it.

7. Artesanias El Tucan

Quintana Roo Nuevo Durango - Coba 175, Coba 77740, Mexico +52 985 116 3705
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4 based on 1 reviews

Artesanias El Tucan

Reviewed By TrWorldTraveler - Bloomington, Indiana

On our way to the Coba ruins, we noticed the series of gift and specialty shops. After our tour, we stopped and checked out most of them. I will recommend you to negotiate the prices. It is a nice area to look for a gift. We purchased beautiful necklace for our friend and a great statue for ourselves. Recommended !

8. Zoologika y Aldea Maya

12kms Towards Cancun, Coba, Mexico
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3 based on 19 reviews

Zoologika y Aldea Maya

Reviewed By 364Jaap_v - Brisbane, Australia

This village is located about 12 kms from Coba on the road between Coba and Punta Laguna. At the lefthand side of the road a sign gives the name: Zoologika y Aldea Maya. The villagers guide visitors around through their houses and have several animals to be shown as well: monkeys, deer, wild boars and others. They also perform a Mayan ceremony on request. All of this is free: they volunteer. A small gift shop sells locally produced souvenirs; we bought some to make sure that they keep doing this activity keeps going.
Because the visit is so authentic it feels great. To communicate Spanish is a must (or Mayan!), otherwise it will be hard to get enough out of the visit (even though just walking around is great in itself). We found it the best thing we have done in Mexico so far. For hardly any costs!

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