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“Awesome! Avoid rip-off tours” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Coba Ruins

Coba Ruins
Riviera Maya, Coba 36567, Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Coba
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: These isolated Indian ruins, miles away from civilization, are the remains of one of the largest Mayan cities.
Fresno
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“Awesome! Avoid rip-off tours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

If you are intent appreciating the amazing ruins, cenotes, and beaches in the Cancun area, I recommend you hop the ADO bus for $6 - $10 and stay a few nights in Tulum. There's not much there, but you are right by the attractions and can go before the throngs of people inundate the site.

*my Coba advice:
Coba is 30 min away from Tulum. The first bus from Tulum does not depart until 9am. And there is only ONE bus back to Tulum at 3pm. You do not need more than 2 hours there. Trust me. (Unless you are herding a family... Then I'd factor in another hour). I was up the pyramid in 5...10 min, tops. You do NOT need to waste your money booking a group tour from your hotel. Entrance is about 65 pesos - less than $6. You can book a guide once you're there. For the same price as one of those tours, you can arrange a deal ahead of time with a taxi from Tulum and you can be the first one there and leave when you're ready. The driver will also throw in an hour to visit a few local cenotes. Waaaay better than a large group tour. I snapped my photos without another soul present. As I was leaving the pyramid, the tour groups were arriving, and I overheard the guide tell his group that they had 10 minutes and then the group was moving on. Are you really going to pay over $100 for TEN minutes? Chances are, if you're reading this review, you are already researching your vacation. Don't ever pay for tours when you can do something yourself on your own schedule.
Of course, if you're a blonde, attractive, and ever-so-humble female who speaks Spanish, like moi, you can get some really great deals! Lol.
Spanish or no, research is your best investment.
Happy travels!

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Austin, Texas
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“So fun - but a little bit of a challenge!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We went to Coba and Tulum in June of this year. Coba ruins are great fun, but be prepared to rent a bike ($4) or a bike ride (Trike with someone else driving $12). The ruins are cool to see and you can still hike to the top of the ruin (122 steps). Tulum ruins were cool too, but be prepared to pay for the trolley ($5) to and from the ruins and the beach - especially if you are on a limited time schedule. We used Carlos at Yukkan travel - he was great and really entertaining. We also got to swim in the Cenotes - great fun and not to be missed! Jumping off the Olympic height platform into the cool water of the cave was fab!

Visited June 2014
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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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“Coba”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Great day @ ruins. Negotiated reduced rate for guided tour . Well worth the cost. Amazing facts & discussion of " non-labled" or hidden structures. Listen to recommendations to take plenty of water & use bathrooms right outside entrance. We ride bikes all the time so passed on the rental & just walked with the guide to the pyramid. Wonderful view @ top ( not sure distance but seemed like 50 mile view ?) .

Visited June 2014
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Abbotsford, Canada
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Challenging climb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Great place to conquer your fear of heights. The view from the top is stunning. Worth every step of the climb. Lots of great history to be heard as well.

Visited November 2013
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Costa Mesa, California
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Nice visit with 3 months old”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We visited at the end of October right after a flood. The parking lot was still flooded but didn't have a problem parking on the street very close by to the ruin.

We were group of 5, which included 3 months old baby. We opted for riding the bike and I was sooooo happy. The breeze while on the bike was very nice and the walk would've been too hot and sweaty with a little one.

The ruins was smaller in scale comparing to Chichen Iza, Teotioacan, and Tulum, but it had a nice view from the top of the pyramid.

After the visit, we had coconut juice and mango juice right outside of the ruins and it was very good and refreshing.

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