COBA RUINS TOUR TIPS
Your tour bus first enters a large parking lot and lets you off. The front entrance has stores and restaurants where you can buy books, maps, videos and arts and crafts. This is where the public washrooms are as well.
Buy water at the entrance! There is no where to get it inside.
Take lots of film with you. You cannot stop during your tour to go look for film but you can buy film, batteries and disposable cameras at the front gate.
If you see an interesting book at any of the booths at the entrance you should consider buying it there because you may not see that book anywhere else.
Better to ware hiking shoes over sandals if you want to climb up things. This is because your feet get all sweaty and it becomes easy to slip unless you have really tight well fitting sandals.
Bring a nap-sack to carry your stuff on your back.
Do NOT climb up the big Nohoch Mul pyramid if you are afraid of heights, suffer from vertigo or have any reservations. Do NOT let your friends or family talk you into it if you have the slightest apprehension. If you disregard this advice and some how manage to make it to the top you will be terrified.
NOTE: If you are middle age or over and totally out of shape physically [like us] and decide to climb up and down the pyramids and temples during your tour keep in mind that you will feel it the next day. To climb the steps you use a lot of muscles you normally don’t use and these muscles will become sore the next day if you over do it.
Keep an eye on your children at all times and warn them not to walk off into the jungle. There are many paths that just go straight into the jungle and they are very easy to get lost in. We speak from experience.
Use bug spray here regardless of what time of the year you visit.
Pay close attention to your guide and you will learn a lot about the Maya and Coba ruins.
You do not do that much climbing on this tour but you do a lot of walking so we recommend comfortable shoes or sandals here.
The bus ride to Coba is interesting. The bus ride from Cancun to the turn-off is around an hour and a half. From Playa del Carmen the ride is 30 – 45 minutes. Then you turn off the highway and enter the jungle. You start going down in elevation as you drive deep into the thick forest of semi-tropical flora. During certain times of the year the Tarantellas are in abundance and many can be seen crossing the road. Many turn into Tarantula Pancakes.