Coba ruins Mexico

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Ancient Mayan Ruins Of Coba

Because Coba ruins Mexico don’t find just as much tourism since places like Chichen Itza or even the ruins of Tulum, and that means you can still still scale some of the structures for an entirely different and distinctive perspective. Archaeologists believe the Ancient Mayan Ruins Of Coba  were an incredibly important city for its Maya folks. But, owing to the remote site, the site isn’t quite as popular among tourists as alternative ruins in MexicoThere are, in fact, lots of reasons to go to the town of white roads. Find here all the informations and coba ruins entrance fee.

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Where is Coba?

Coba Ruins Mexico

Where is coba?  Coba ruins Mexico lie 43 km (approx. 27 mi) northwest of Tulum, in the State of Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is a 2 1/2 to 3 hour drive from Cancun and 45 min from Tulum. You take the coastal highway south to Tulum, then turn inland. There are bus tours from the hotel zone, or you can rent a car and drive yourself. 

Getting to Coba ruins

Playa del Carmen to Coba ruins

Whether you rent a car, take public transportation or join a group, this is an easy day trip from the Riviera Maya.

As you know where is Coba, Coba ruins Mexico is best accessed through Tulum driving in a rental car the famous Coba road found at the first intersection in Tulum. Clear signage is posted for drivers. Travel west (away from the beach) and go about 30 minutes, taking extra precaution at small villages that are known for their speed bumps, to the ruins.  

You can also get to the site via ADO Bus from CancunPlaya del Carmen, or Tulum. Colectivos (taxi vans) are also an option, however you’ll have to change vans in Tulum. Vans in Tulum starts runnig at 9am.

From TULUM, the ADO bus leaves at 10:10 from its terminal and returns at 1 pm. 

A taxi from Tulum to the Coba mayan ruins costs between $340 – $410 and takes 38 min.

Coba Ruins

Coba ruins History

Coba means ‘waters stirred by the wind’, an appropriate Mayan name as this settlement is surrounded by two large lakess. During many years, Ancient Mayan Coba ruins Mexico were an ignored piece of Mayan history due to its location. Located between Tulum in the state of Quintana Roo, and Valladolid in the state of Yucatan, archeologists first learned about the site in the mid 1800’s. But dense jungle, the Caste War and lack of funds made this site a difficult area to penetrate. This Coba ruins Mexico site is still largely unexcavated making it a true wonder in the Mayan civilisation. Visitors can enjoy shaded walkways that are the original sacbe (white roads), three settlements that show the architecture and vast area of this once large city, 2 ball courts and before, it was possible to climb the highest Mayan pyramid in the Yucatan, Nohoch Mul.

Coba ruins Mexico were finally opened to the public as an archeological site in 1973. Archeologists searchers have estimated that about 6,000 structures exist, but only three settlements are for public viewing. What makes this site different from Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, or even Tulum is that Coba ruins Mexico are not a single site but a large group of mayan sites connected to the central pyramid, connected by over 16 Mayan ceremonial “white roads” (sacbéob). The three principales areas that can be viewed in the Ancient Mayan Ruins Of Coba are the Nohoch Mul structures (main pyramid), Conjunto Pinturas (spiritual area) and Macanxoc structures (close to the lake that bears the same name). Your visit at Coba can last up to 2.5 hours if you walk the site, 1.5 hours if you rent a bicycle or in an hour if you opt for the Mayan limo, a chauffeured tricycle where you just sit and take in the sights. 

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Coba Hours

Coba Ruins Admission Price

Coba ruins Mexico are open daily, but if possible we suggest visiting during the week. 

The weekends seem to be busier as more local tourists are traveling on the weekend. We also suggest bringing cash, especially if you are parking. This is the coba ruins admission price in 2024.

  • Hours: Open daily from 8 am-4.30 (the last entry is at 3 pm)
  • Coba ruins entrance fee 2022: 100 pesos per person
  • Rent bike 50 pesos per person
  • Bici-taxi : 140 pesos per kart
  • Guide : around 500 pesos (USD ), for up to 4 people
  • Coba Parking Fee: 60 pesos per car

Can you climb Coba Pyramid in 2024 ?

Climbing Coba pyramid

In 2020, it was not allowed to climb the pyramid to preserve the Ancient Mayan Coba ruins Mexico and for Covid reasons

The main tower,  42mt tall (137ft), is without a doubt, the highlight of the Coba ruins Mexico and one of the few high pyramids left that you can still climb, although at your own risk. There is a rope all along the stairs which you can hold on to to make you feel more comfortable. 

Coba Ruins Mexico

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Visiting Coba Mexico ruins is still very enjoyable whether you are alone or friends or family. It’s one of the most kids-friendly among the archeological sites, both because of the shades offered by the thick jungle protecting you from the hot sun, and also because you can rent a bike or a cart to take you around.

Coba Mexico Cenotes

Cenotes near Coba

No visit to Coba would be complete without swimming in the refreshing limestone cenotes nearby. Cenotes are underground sinkholes filled with fresh water, found all over Yucatan and Quintana Roo.

There are 3 cenotes just a 10-minute drive away from the ruins.

Cenote Choo-Ha is a shallow water cenote with crystal blue water and many stalagmites hanging from the ceiling. My personal favorite of the three.

Cenote Tamcach-Ha is a deep underground cavern with two fun jumping platforms at 5 & 10 meters high. Cenote Multun-Ha is a bit further away in the jungle and boasts a large wooden deck.

The entrance fee for each cenote is 100 pesos ($5 USD), not included the Coba ruins entrance fee. They are a wonderful way to cool off after a hot day exploring Coba ruins Mexico!

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