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Cancun: Coba Ruins Self-Guided Tour

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Unearth ancient secrets with this self-guided tour of the Coba Ruins. This ancient Mayan site is rich with history and mystery, and this tour will reveal it all… without the hassle of a tour group!


  • Uncover the secrets of a highly advanced civilization
  • Climb to the top of an ancient Mayan pyramid
  • Walk the ancient streets of a long-lost city
  • Learn the meanings behind ancient Mayan artwork
  • Tour on your own schedule and at your own pace


Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Once downloaded, your walking tour of the Coba Ruins begins at the site’s entrance. As you enter and get your first look around, you’ll hear the story of how the astonishingly advanced Mayan civilization rose and fell. You’ll also hear some little-known facts about the unique trees found in these ruins, and the importance they once held in Mayan society. The first major landmark you’ll see is a ball court. Unlike similar courts found at other sites, this one was likely used for ceremonial purposes, to depict a struggle between dark and light. Pretty high stakes for a ball game! It’ll be hard to miss the next stop: it’s the imposing La Iglesia Pyramid. A close look will reveal some residue from the paint which once coated this entire pyramid. A little farther down the path is the Crossroads Pyramid, which presents an unexpected twist on the usual Mayan architectural style. As you walk, you’ll notice a surprisingly-intact network of ancient roads criss-crossing the site. These white stone roads were actually hugely important to Mayan cities, and have a lot to say about life over a thousand years ago. You’ll also encounter the Stelae—a type of large, rectangular stone with detailed designs carved into them. On your tour, you’ll uncover their meaning and why the Mayans created them in the first place. The Pyramid of the Painted Lintel is your next major landmark. Bright colors once adorned this impressive limestone structure, and you can still find traces of those colors today. As you pass a second ball court, you’ll learn all about the religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Mayans, as well as the infamous calendar by which they tracked the passage of years. Finally, you’ll find yourself at the foot of the Nohoch Mul Pyramid, the second largest Mayan pyramid in the entire world. Even better, this is one of the last remaining pyramids you can actually climb! Scale the 120 steps and survey the Coba Ruins from a whole new perspective. Your tour concludes here.


Mission: Join us to explore the world and its stories. Let us start with this area. Discover at your own pace using a mobile app. An audio guide, map, and tour book - all in one app on your phone. A link to download the Action Tour Guide app. Password for your tours. Easy to use - auto-play based on your GPS location. Hands-free. Live Offline GPS map- works without a cell signal. Gives stop-by-stop directions. All-day support line: Call, Chat, or Email. Don’t miss a thing: Full itinerary, travel tips, and professionally narrated audio. Visit key & hidden points. Enrich your experience with historical images/videos/text. Start when there is less crowd, stop to take pictures, break for hikes, or go for lunch. Valid for life - Listen to it before, during, and after the tour. Use it on multiple days.

Important Information

  • This tour is a self-guided mobile app with a map, audio stories, and a guide.
  • Buy one tour per couple. Use a phone speaker or share the headsets.
  • The app offers a full itinerary, tips, professional audio stories, scripts, images, videos, deep dives, hidden gems, hikes, and offline directions.
  • Flexible Schedule: Use it on any day and at any time- over multiple days.
  • Use it on your next trip here. This tour never expires.
  • Go at your own pace.
  • It auto starts based on you reaching the starting point GPS.
  • All stories play based on your GPS location. Requires no buttons to press.
  • Get HELP by calling, chatting, or emailing - all day long.

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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