My daughter and I took this full day excursion on June 12, 2013. Our guide was Carlos and he was awesome. Very funny and knowledgeable. They took us first to the ruins of Coba. It is a huge park, but you rent bicyles (Mexican limos) for $15.00 US and it comes with the driver, so you just sit and relax and take in the scenery. Those who want to experience climbing an ancient pyramid/ruin need to do it soon, as the ruins will be closed to the public for climbing very soon. A professional English speaking tour guide was provided for our time in the park, and he was very informative about the ancient Mayan people and their culture. We spent about two and a half hours at Coba, then we were taken to a small village for lunch (chicken, rice, veggies, burritos, spaghetti!) We met a family there, the woman had 13 children and all the young ones were still living there in these little huts (in that incredible heat I saw one decrepit old fan in the cooking area and that was it) The kids were really adorable and hammed it up for pictures with us. I brought candy so of course they swarmed me, but our guide Carlos said don't give them too much because of all the sugar and they don't go to dentists. He suggested giving the bag of candy to the mamasita and let her dole it out to the kids, so that's what I did. She took them with a big toothy smile and thanked me in Mayan. After we left the village, they took us to a beautiful secluded REFRESHING cenote for a much needed swim (it was SO hot). We were there about 45 mins then everyone was ready to go. We also stopped at a little out of the way place for a bit of shopping and the prices weren't bad at all. Very leisurely and no one bothered you while you browsed. We were returned to our hotel by 5:30-6:00 pm. It was a fun, informative day and I would recommend it. Make sure to bring insect repellant on this trip. Coba is in the jungle and there are mosquitos.
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