The Great Mayan Ruins in One Day: Chichen Itza, Coba & Tulum
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Overview

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Experience three of the most ancient sites of Mexico — Chichen Itza, Coba, and Tulum— in one full day on this private tour designed exclusively for your group. This is not a tour that rushes you from place to place. Our carefully crafted route puts you before the sites and surroundings where the Mayans lived, farmed, and led a life that inspired impressive inventions including one of the most accurate calendar systems in human history. Along with this rich history, there’s plenty of relaxing and fun activities included such as a swim at a cenote, a pedicab ride through Coba, and a traditional Mexican lunch.

What you can expect

Our guides are keepers of the history and stories of these great Mayan ruins, and you can expect to hear untold secrets and illuminating facts as you stand before ancient landmarks such as the iconic Chichen Itza pyramid of Kukulkan. Along with this rich history, there’s plenty of relaxing and fun activities included such as a swim at a cenote, a pedicab ride through Coba, and a traditional Mexican lunch. Your air-conditioned vehicle is reserved for your private group only to ensure a safe and memorable day exploring Mayan ruins.

Luxury and comfort on your private full-day tour of 3 ancient Mayan ruins

Throughout your 12-hour day, you can always expect an air-conditioned vehicle waiting for you at each stop. Inside the vehicle, you are welcome to water bottles, soda, and light snacks. Unlike traditional bus tours to Chichen Itza and Tulum, you don’t have to wait for large groups. We are your private concierge to some of the most incredible sights of not only the Yucatan, but all of Mexico.

Enjoy leisurely visits to Chichen Itza, Coba, and Tulum without feeling rushed

Anytime you book a sightseeing tour to visit Chichen Itza, Coba, and Tulum, you can expect a long day of travel. Unlike other group tours, this private tour is designed to feel leisurely, not rushed, as you experience monuments that are part of UNESCO, and in the case of Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Each stop is carefully planned out on your behalf, allowing you time to appreciate the history and beauty of these ancient Mayan ruins.

No hidden fees and reliable, quality service

Reliable, quality service is at the heart of everything we do. This tour includes lunch, admission fees, refreshments, certified English-speaking guides, and additional services such as pedicabs. There are no hidden fees, and you can read more about what is (and is not) included in the What’s Included section below.

Experience

Highlights

  • Round-trip transportation in a private vehicle equipped with air conditioning and refreshments
  • Embrace the heritage and customs of the Mayan people with the help of your local guide
  • Cool off at the Ik-Kil cenote, known for its crystal blue water
  • Cover more ground in Coba on a pedicab ride of the rainforest-clad city
  • Savor an authentic Mexican lunch, complimentary beers, and other refreshments
  • Enjoy picture-perfect views and white sands with beach time in Tulum
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    Location

    Duration

    12 hours

    Start Time

    06:30

    Address

    45XW+VV6 Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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    Itinerary

    • Please note that as a private tour, we can make special accommodation to suit the needs and interests of your group. The following itinerary is subject to change, but this sample itinerary represents a typical route we take on this private day tour of the three great ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, Coba, and Tulum.  
    • Pick up from your hotel, or other accommodation 
    • We pick up from any accommodation in Cancun, Riviera Maya, or Tulum for this private tour of Tulum, Coba, and Chichen Itza. Pick up time may depend on the hotel the travelers are staying. The tour usually starts with a visit to Tulum, depending on how the hotel is to Tulum. Please scroll to the FAQ section for additional information on ferry and airport pickups, and the vehicle types that we offer.  
    • A morning visit to Tulum  
    • Depending on where your accommodations are located, we often begin this private tour at the Tulum archaeological zone, a well-preserved Mayan city that dates to the 13th century. Your tour guide takes you on an easy walking tour of the grounds, where you learn about the incredible  
    • Temple of the Frescoes and the Castillo, among other areas.  
    • On this approximately 2-hour stop, you do have time for pictures on the cliffs overlooking the Caribbean, as well as some free time on the beach below. The steps leading down to the Tulum beach are unfortunately not wheelchair friendly.  
    • This part of the tour includes tickets to the Tulum train which takes guests from the parking lot to the entrance of the archeological site, saving you approximately 1 mile (2 km) of walking.   
    • Late morning pedicab rides and exploration of Coba 
    • After a morning visit to Tulum, we headed to the beautiful (and lesser known) ancient city of Coba for 2 hours exploring sites on included pedicab rides.  
    • Coba is an ancient Mayan city located on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It is known for its large network of elevated stone roads, known as sacbeob, which connected various structures and settlements within the city. Coba was a major center of trade and commerce in the Mayan world, and at its peak, it is estimated to have had a population of around 50,000 people. Coba is also known for its impressive pyramids, including the Nohoch Mul pyramid, which is one of the tallest in the Yucatan Peninsula.  
    • Other notable sites you see include the Mayan Ball Court, a symbol of wealth and power, as well as Xaibé (a nearly fully restored building also known as the observatory). 
    • A refreshing cenote swim and lunch 
    • After morning of walking and exploring, it’s time for a much-deserved break to cool off and relax with one of the top things to do on a trip to the Riviera Maya: swimming in a cenote! This stop is approximately 1 to 1.5 hours of free time. 
    • Arrive at the Ik-Kil cenote, a stunning natural wonder. It is conveniently located on our route to our final stop of the day archaeological site of Chichen Itza. The cenote is a natural swimming hole that is surrounded by lush jungle vegetation and cascading vines. The crystal-clear water is perfect for swimming and snorkeling, and the natural beauty of the area is truly breathtaking.  
    • There are changing rooms and lockers you can use at the cenote. We always recommend bringing a change of clothes for after your cenote swim. During your swim, you can leave your personal belongings in your private car, it is completely safe. 
    • Once you’ve dried off after your swim, we head over to lunch on the site of the cenote. Lunch is a typical Mexican buffet lunch consisting of in usually rice, beans, some chicken, pork, and seasonal vegetables and fruit.
    • Behold the iconic Chichen Itza 
    • After lunch, jump in your private vehicle for a relaxing, temperature-controlled ride to the final Mayan site of the day: Chichen Itza.  
    • Chichen Itza is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. On this approximately 2.5-hour walking tour, expect to hear untold secrets and illuminating facts as you visit the impressive pyramid of Kukulkan, the great ball court of the ancient game of pok-a-tok, and the hieroglyphics inscribed by ancient people predicting and calendaring astronomical events. Throughout your walking tour, there are plenty of places to sit and listen to your guide explain the significance of these places to the ancient Mayan people who lived here. As an example, the Chichen Itza is believed to have been used for various purposes, including as a temple of the warriors for the Mayan civilization.  
    • End your day with hotel/accommodation drop-off 
    • Typically, you can expect to be back to your hotel between 8–9pm, depending on accommodation.  
    • Please note: We can drop off the guests in a different location if they need to change hotels or arrive at the airport or at the ferry station. A drop-off point must however be in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen or Tulum.

    Inclusions

    • Free hotel pickup and drop-off 
    • Transport comfortable private air-conditioned vehicle 
    • Professional certificated guide 
    • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver 
    • Lunch (buffet) 
    • All the entrance fees, no hidden charges 
    • Sweet snack, soft drinks, bottled water & 2 cans of beer/per person 
    • Rent of the pedicabs in Coba 
    • Train tickets in Tulum

    Exclusions

    • Beverages during the lunch
    • Tips

    Additional Information

    • What to Bring
    • Comfortable shoes to walk around in throughout the day  
    • Hats, sunscreen, bathing suits, dry cloths, and towels for the cenote portion of the tour

    Guide Languages

    • English

    • Portuguese

    • Japanese

    • Russian

    • Spanish

    • German

    • Italian

    • French

    Cancellation Policy

    • A full refund will apply if you cancel more than 71 hours before the activity start time.

    • A 80% refund will apply if you cancel more than 47 hours before the activity start time.

    • A 50% refund will apply if you cancel more than 24 hours before the activity start time.

    • No refund is possible if you cancel less than 24 hours before the activity start time.

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