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Tulum & coba

Two very different excavation sites

culture and cenote

Two different excavation sites in one day, in between, of course, a cool down in an open cenote should not be missing.

According to sources from the XVI. Century the place as "Zamá", which means "morning" or "dawn" in Maya. The name Tulum is relatively new and translates to "wall" or "stockade" in reference to the wall that surrounds the city. Tulum is the most emblematic place on the Quintana Roo coast due to its privileged location and the excellent preservation of its buildings. ​

The town of Coba arose near five lakes that were fundamental to the town's development and livelihood. Some hieroglyphic inscriptions found on steles and tablets at the site suggest that Coba was the city's original name. One of the possible meanings, the most plausible given the proximity to the lagoons, is that of "moving water".

Cenote is a term used only in Mexico, derived from the Mayan word "dzonot" meaning "abyss". For the Mayan culture, the cenotes were seen as sources of life. They were not only drinking water, but also the entrance to the world of the gods (underworld).

Included in the Tulum & Coba tour:

  • certified tour guide (english, spanish or french available)

  • hotel pickup & drop-off in an insured air-conditioned minivan

  • breakfast roll

  • visit to the Tulum archaeological site

  • visit an open cenote, swimming & snorkeling

  • local lunch

  • stop at a Mayan Bee Shop

  • visit to the Coba archaeological sitea

  • Soft drinks, water and beer are included throughout the day

  • all photos of the tour as a gift

  • all entrance fees and taxes

Not included: Tips and personal expenses

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This tour is available daily.

Check out Dates & Booking for further information concerning a reservation.

price per person:

group size of 10-12 guests: 165 USD

group size of 8-9 guests: 175 USD

group size of 6-7 guests: 190 USD

price per person:

group size of 5 guests: 215 USD

group size of 4 guests: 235 USD

group size of 3 guests: 285 USD

group size of 2 guests: 385 USD

duration of the tour:

7 hours

plus travel time, depending on the location of your hotel

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Detailed tour description:

We start our day at the Tulum archaeological site, just in time for opening, so we are among the first on site. We take enough time to look at the various buildings and explain them. But Tulum is also so popular because of its unique location, so of course a few photo stops are a must. 

After about 1.5 hours on site, we set off towards Coba. On the way, we stop at an open cenote, where there is plenty of fun to be had in the water. There is a platform for the more adventurous, where you can discover freshwater turtles and various fish while snorkeling, or just relax and swim.

Next, we fortify ourselves with a delicious and sumptuous local lunch in a family-run restaurant, entirely in Mexican style. 

Afterwards, you have the opportunity to stop at a bee shop, where you can also see the original Mayan bees (Meliponas). If you want, you can also try the honey and maybe buy one or two souvenirs, from honey to soaps, shower gel, cream and much more.

Then the journey continues to our last stop on the program - Coba. Located in the middle of the jungle, this archaeological site is known for its extensive stone streets of varying lengths and widths, known in the Mayan language as sacbé (white road). We also visit a ball court and the well-known buildings La Iglesia and Nohoch-Mul. Since the complex is very spacious, we get around there with a "Mayan taxi" :-)

After this exciting and varied day, we set off on the return journey.

Important information:

The Great Pyramid of Coba has not been climbable since 2020.

It is no longer permitted to carry plastic bottles in Tulum, so if you have a thermo cup or similar, please take it with you to fill up with water. Alternatively, you can also take a can of soda or cola with you.

Don't forget to take with you:

  • Sunglasses, sun hat

  • Swimsuit, towel

  • Snorkeling mask, if available

  • Change of clothes if necessary

  • sturdy shoes or closed shoes 

  • comfortable clothing

  • Thermo mug or similar if available

  • Camera if necessary (video cameras and Go-Pros are subject to a charge in the archaeological zone, 65 MXN)

  • Money for personal expenses and tips, e.g. for tour guides and drivers 

Impressions of Tulum & Coba:

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