We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Very Interesting Site”
Review of Coba Ruins

Coba Ruins
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Cancun Combo: Xel-Ha and Coba Ruins in One Day from Cancun
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Coba
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: 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]
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Very Interesting Site”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

Get to Coba early before all of the tour buses arrive and before it gets too hot. The site is large so consider renting a bicycle for $3. There are places to park them along the way when you want to stop to view the ruins. We did not hire a guide but used the Monclem Ediciones book guide which can be bought at the store that is directly next to the entrance. The book has a blue cover and can be bought for about $6 USD. Stop in the little town just outside of the ruins to have some lunch and to walk along the boardwalk. Then go to the three cenotes that are just past the ruins. Go to all three cenotes because they are all so different. Be sure to bring your swimming suit and go swimming at each one.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank travelhorse60
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

5,981 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Hungarian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Slovak first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
75 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Mayan treasure - but get there early!”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

My husband and I and another couple visited Coba on Feb. 12th, a Tuesday. We rented a car from our resort near Playa del Carmen. It was the first time we rented a car in Mexico and we were somewhat hesitant about it, but the roads are good and other drivers were generally OK. Once you get past Playa, it's a piece of cake to drive. The cost of the car was $70.00 including insurance plus $20 in gas. Not bad if you share with someone, like we did. It took about 40 minutes to get there from Tulum, and we arrived around 10:30 when it was getting pretty crowded with tour buses and groups.

We paid for a guide at 400 pesos for a 45 minute tour of the main Coba group closest to the entrance. A longer 1 1/2 hour tour is also available, but that seemed excessive. Our guide, Orlando, was very knowledgeable and explained the history of the Mayan Culture, its calendar and the architecture. It was well worth paying for his service as informational pamphlets aren't distributed and there are virtually no written explanations around the ruins. The most interesting part of the tour was at the ball court when he explained the manner of the games, religion, sacrifices etc.

After our tour, we were on our own to walk through the remainder of the site to see the observatory and main temple, which you can ascend. We decided against the climb as there were too many people going down with one rope to use on the decent. It was also very hot.

Watch out for the crazy bikers that transport people. Don't forget water and sunscreen. There are some sidewalk cafes to eat and drink outside the main entrance. We had a beer and they provided free chips and guacamole. Yum!!!!!!!

The road to and from Coba from Tulum has a couple of villages where you can purchase blankets and other wares. Don't forget to barter! There are also a number of Cenotes. A very fun day.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank minniegirl01
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
112 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Totally worth it”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

We had visited Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Tulum before coming to Coba, but we are glad we did. Each site has its specific architectural style and history and the experience is different. We liked Coba for the natural state of the surroundings and of course the impressive pyramid.
Some say that the site is too big to walk and you should rent bycicles, but we found that was not necessary. The site is flat and completely shaded by the jungle and if I can't walk for 30 minutes without complaining, I would question my humanoid status.
The main pyramid Nohoch Mul has to be climbed. It is a unique experience that you won't find anywhere else in the world, so do it. Heck, half the fun is watching other people whaling it up and down like sea lions out of their element. But come prepared with good shoes, not flip flops or sandals, and have water with you. You will need it. The view is breathtaking, the entire experince worth it.

Visited February 2013
2 Thank AdrianCalgary
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A favorite”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

We have been here several times and always enjoy Coba. The lake is beautiful and has crocodiles near the shore. Some of the ruins can be climbed, with great views from the top.

Visited January 2013
Thank Susan R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
1 review
“RODRI"GO" is the way to GO!!!”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

We switched our tour from Chichen Itza to Coba (Alltournative) since they offered several activities that we've never tried before.

Rodrigo had us laughing from when he picked us up (exactly on time) until he dropped us off about 13 hours later.

He was attentive, answered all our questions and coached along those that were more apprehensive.

One couple wanted to get some souvenirs but didn't have enough money. Within a second, he was right there handing them as much as they needed saying, "No problem. You will give me when we go back to the hotel later." Very thoughtful!!

The tour itself was great just bring enough sunscreen!

Visited February 2013
Thank leo m
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Coba Ruins also viewed

Tulum, Riviera Maya

Been to Coba Ruins? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing