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Tulum and Coba opening September 14th

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

This September 14, the Archaeological Zones of Quintana Roo begin their gradual return to public visitation.

Located in the north of the state, Tulum, Coba, San Gervasio and Muyil will open to the public next Monday, under the standards that mark the new normality

"El castillo" in Tulum

Under the strict measures marked by the new normality, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of its operational personnel and visitors, the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Mexico, through the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), will begin the gradual and orderly return to public activities in the archaeological zones of the state of Quintana Roo, next Monday, September 14.


At 12:00 PM that day, in the framework of the new normality, the doors of the four archaeological sites in the north of the state will be opened, where the epidemiological (state) traffic light is already in yellow: Tulum, Cobá, San Gervasio and Muyil.

In this sense, a symbolic act will be held in Tulum, headed by the state's constitutional governor, Carlos Joaquín; by the general director of INAH, Diego Prieto Hernández; by the general director of the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur), Rogelio Jiménez Pons; by the municipal president of Tulum, Víctor Mas Tah, and by the director of the INAH Quintana Roo Center, Margarito Molina.

The four archaeological sites will apply the guidelines for health protection issued by the Ministry of Health and will implement specific actions for the orderly and safe return of visitors and workers, with the objective of protecting the health and reducing the risk of contagion of the SARS CoV-2 virus.

Tulum, Cobá, San Gervasio and Muyil will be open again during visiting hours from Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., when the last ticket will be sold, as long as the traffic light remains yellow.

The capacity allowed will be 2,000 people per day in the case of Tulum, and 1,000 for Coba. In both sites, only groups with a maximum of 10 people will be allowed to enter, including groups guided by tour operators. While in San Gervasio and Muyil there is no specified limit, since the influx of visitors is lower.

The public must wear a mask when arriving at the site for the protection of the personnel who will issue the ticket, as well as those who will check the tickets at the entrance modules.

People who do not wear a mask will not be allowed access.

The visitor must maintain a "healthy distance" at all times, establishing a separation between people of at least 1.5 meters, with the exception of children, who must be accompanied by an adult.


COBA: The main structure is currently not accessible to climb.

When arriving at the archaeological zones, visitors will have their temperature taken and will be given a portion of alcohol gel in the sanitary filter that will be in each access. No alcoholic beverages or people in a state of drunkenness will be allowed to enter, nor will they be allowed to enter with bulky bags or backpacks.

The use of sanitary services will be done maintaining a healthy distance before entering, and people will be allowed to pass in a controlled and reduced way to avoid crowding in the toilets.

The Ministry of Culture of the Government of Mexico and the INAH has the purpose of making the visit to the archaeological sites become a motivation for the society to rediscover its cultural heritage. However, it is very important for the visitor to remember that we are still in the midst of an active epidemic, so it is of utmost importance to respect the sanitary guidelines and attend to the recommendations and signs that the INAH staff indicates during the stay in these spaces, which are for the enjoyment of society. Information from the official INAH site


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Activities you can do now in Tulum and nearby

  • Private Cenotes and Zip-lines

  • Reef Snorkeling in Isla Mujeres

  • Whale Shark Encounter (until September 30th)

  • Sian Ka'an Wildlife Encounter

  • ATV's & Cliff jumps

  • Monkey Reserve Punta Laguna

  • Snorkeling with turtles in Akumal

  • Tulum & Cenotes + Ziplines

  • Coba & Monkey Reserve


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