Mayan Ruins Tours Riviera Maya

The single biggest attraction in the Riviera Maya is the once-mighty Mayan empire, for which the area got it's name.  It has been hundreds of years since these great cities were occupied, but their prowess and intrigue lives on today with day trips and tours to these Mayan ruins sites.  We offer the largest selection and best prices on Mayan Ruins tours in the Riviera Maya.


All Tours Depart From the Riviera Maya - See Also From Cancun and Playa del Carmen

Chichen Itza Tour Chichen Itza Tours
FROM $79.00

Tulum Express Tulum Ruins Tours
FROM $39.00

Private Coba Tour Coba Ruins Tours
FROM $69.00

Ek Balam Ruins Tours
FROM $95.00

A Quick Guide to the Mayan Ruins of the Yucatan

Chichen Itza is the most famous of the ruins sites of the Mayan Riviera, and for good reason.  It is so well-preserved and so much of it has been uncovered and restored, that it is truly a sight to behold.  The best part of the Chichen Itza tours, besides their incredible prices, is the guided tour inside the ruins site.  The stories, legends and history behind the temples of Chichen Itza will fascinate you.  It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was recently voted as one of the new 7 Wonders of the World.  A must-see.  The downside?  The trip to Chichen Itza is about 2.5 to 3 hours each way.

Tulum is the second-biggest Mayan Ruins attraction in the Riviera Maya behind Chichen Itza.  It is much smaller and less impressive than Chichen Itza, but it's glorious setting atop a sea cliff, overlooking the Caribbean Sea is breathtaking and makes for some great vacation photos.  It is also super convenient for people staying south of Playa del Carmen - only a few minutes from the towns of Tulum and Akumal, so for folks staying in these towns, it's a no-brainer.  It also only takes about 2 hours to explore, so you'll have plenty of time left for other activities in your day.  This is why most tours to Tulum are combo tours.

Coba is a huge site, the biggest in the area.  However, much of it has not been uncovered and restored.  It is the only Mayan ruins site to be set in the jungle, which gives it a real "Indiana Jones" feel, especially as you look out over the jungle from the top of the 136-foot Nohoch Mul pyramid, which you can still climb.  It is about 45 minutes from most towns in the Riviera Maya, and is the best site for people with limited mobility.  The reason is because you can rent a pedicab (rickshaw) at the gate, and get escorted around the site to the different temples.  You can also pedal yourself on a bicycle.

Ek Balam is situated not too far from Chichen Itza, near the north end of the Yucatan Peninsula.  It is always combined with another attraction such as the Rio Lagartos Flamingo Preserve, or Chichen Itza, as it only takes a couple hours to explore and is about 2.5 hours from the Riviera Maya.  Like Coba, you can still climb the pyramid here, and it is the least crowded of the four, and perhaps the best preserved as well.

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