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Mayan Ruins of Coba (Zona Arqueológica de Cobá) Tours

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Mayan Ruins of Coba (Zona Arqueológica de Cobá)
In the heart of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula lie the ruins of Coba (Zona Arqueológica de Cobá), an ancient Maya city considered to be one of the most important settlements in Mesoamerican history. During its peak between AD 500 and 900, Coba housed 50,000 residents and was the central terminus for the complex Maya system of roadways. The jungle site is still being excavated, but visitors can experience the already discovered remains of these sacbes, or stone causeways, as well as a number of engraved and sculpted monuments.

The Basics
The Coba ruins are an easy day trip from Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Tulum, and the Riviera Maya. Visitors can stroll or bike past two ball courts and the roads that once linked major Maya cities, and climb 120 steep steps up Nohoch Mul (the tallest ancient pyramid on the Yucatan Peninsula) for panoramic views of the lush Mexican jungle. Take a small-group or private tour of the ruins to gain deep insights into ancient Maya culture, or beat the crowds with an archaeologist-led, early-access tour of both Coba and Chichen Itza. If you’re feeling adventurous, combine your visit with a cenote swim, a snorkeling excursion, or a visit to an authentic Maya village.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The archaeological site is vast, so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a fair amount of walking and at least a few hours of exploring.
  • The top of Nohoch Mul is inaccessible to visitors with limited mobility, but pedicab services are available onsite for tours around the ruins. The Coba ruins are one of the more accessible Maya sites in the area.
  • Restrooms can be found at the entrance to the ruins.
  • Bring insect repellent, sunglasses, and a sun hat.

How to Get There
Coba is roughly 45 minutes by road from Tulum, traveling inland. If driving, take extra precaution at small villages that are known for their speed bumps. Several public buses also make the 3-hour journey each day, but you can save the hassle by taking a guided day trip, many of which include hotel pickup and drop-off. 

When to Get There
The archaeological site is open year-round. High season (December through April) brings sunny weather along with lots of visitors; go early to avoid the crowds that start pouring in at about 11am. Visit during the rainy season (May through October) for lower prices and fewer crowds, but be prepared to change your plans according to the weather.

Can’t-Miss Sights Near Coba
The Yucatan jungle surrounding the Coba ruins is worth exploring on its own. Try combining a tour of the ancient city with a trip to cool off in a cenote, a limestone sinkhole filled with clear water that’s great for swimming, tubing, or kayaking. You can also explore the nearby Tulum and Chichen Itza ruins, try your hand at ziplining in the forest, or visit the Xel-Ha aquatic park. 
Address: Coba, Mexico
Admission: $6
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81 Tours and Activities to Experience Mayan Ruins of Coba (Zona Arqueológica de Cobá)

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Coba, Tulum, Cenote and Playa Paraiso Tour

Coba, Tulum, Cenote and Playa Paraiso Tour

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Discover two significant archaeological sites with this guided tour of Tulum and Coba. Walk past restored ruins at the former Maya trading post then scale Nohoch Mul at Coba, the Yucatán Peninsula’s tallest pyramid. Your full-day tour departs from Playa del Carmen hotels and includes a cenote swim and free time at the Caribbean beach of Playa Paraíso. Numbers are limited for a small-group experience.
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  • 12 hours
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$90.00
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Tulum, Coba and Cenote Tour from Riviera Maya

Tulum, Coba and Cenote Tour from Riviera Maya

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Swap the beach for a fix of culture and history on this tour to the Tulum and Coba archaeological zones. Explore clifftop Maya ruins, climb the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula, and swim in a jungle cenote. Opt to rent a bike or hire a bicitaxi and ride between the pyramids.
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  • 7 hours
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$59.00
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Coba Ruins Day Trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya

Coba Ruins Day Trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya

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Uncover the Mayan mysteries of Coba's atmospheric ruins on an exhilarating full-day excursion from Cancun and Riviera Maya. Ascend to the summit of the ancient city’s tallest pyramid and absorb panoramic vistas of the Yucatan peninsula. Enrich your knowledge of Mayan civilization with an accomplished guide and see archeological attractions with ancient origins. Convenient round-trip transportation from your hotel and a fulfilling lunch is included on this tour.
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  • 10 hours
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$139.00
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Private archaeological tour to Coba and Tulum Mayan ruins

Private archaeological tour to Coba and Tulum Mayan ruins

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Explore the archeological treasures at Tulum and Coba with your own private guide. Transportation in a private vehicle means you won’t waste time picking up other guests so you can get to Tulum nice and early, before the crowds and heat hit. After Tulum you will head to the ruins in Coba where you can climb a pyramid and discover the area on bicycle or taxi trike!
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$190.22
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Day Trip: Tulum, Coba, Playa Del Carmen and Cenote Swim from Cancun

Day Trip: Tulum, Coba, Playa Del Carmen and Cenote Swim from Cancun

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Visit two of the most important Maya archaeological sites on this full-day tour: Coba and Tulum. Admire the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea while exploring the temples and pyramids of Tulum with a certified guide, then head to Coba to climb to the top of Nohoch Muul—the tallest pyramid on the Yucatán Peninsula. In the afternoon, take a swim in a 'cenote' (underground cave), sit down for a traditional Mexican lunch, and explore the city of Playa del Carmen. Round-trip transport is included.
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  • 11 hours
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Private Tour: 2 Mayan cities in one day, Tulum and Coba

Private Tour: 2 Mayan cities in one day, Tulum and Coba

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Don’t make a complicated vacation trip with an early start, it’s better you chose the starting time and visit two ruins sites in just one day. This Combo gives you the option to choose the order of activities and has all the “must” on your trip to the Mayan Riviera. Pictures, food, tradition, nature, and culture are part of this special adventure you can have on this private trip.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$305.00
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FANTASTIC ADVENTUROUS COMBO: Tour to Tulum Ruins, Coba Ruins and Mayan Cenote!

FANTASTIC ADVENTUROUS COMBO: Tour to Tulum Ruins, Coba Ruins and Mayan Cenote!

Are you thinking about spending your vacations on a special and natural paradise? Prepare yourself to have an amazing experience in three fantastic places of the Mayan Riviera: Tulum, Coba, and The Sacred Cenote Tankach-Ha. This tour is ideal for people who want to know more about the Mayan culture, also for people who want to discover archaeological sites or refresh in the clearest and purest waters of the Caribbean Sea. Tulum Ruins are the only ones in Quintana Roo near the beach and Coba hast the tallest pyramid of Yucatán's Peninsula. The historical wonders of the fascinating Tulum and Coba Ruins await you to visit them. Their temples and the crystalline turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea are the kinds of places that must be visited at least once in a lifetime. Be part of this magical adventure!
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  • 12 hours
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Coba, Tulum & Cenote swim

Coba, Tulum & Cenote swim

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Spend the day knowing the mayan ruins and special places of the riviera Maya at the best price and in the less time posible.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
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$57.60
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Coba, Tulum, Cho-Ha Cenote and Paradise Beach, Premium Service.

Coba, Tulum, Cho-Ha Cenote and Paradise Beach, Premium Service.

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Spend a full day exploring the highlights of the Riviera Maya on a small-group tour that takes you to Coba, Cenote Choj Ha, Tulum, and Paradise Beach. Take a refreshing swim in the fresh waters of Choj Ha Cenote; learn about the history and archaeology of Tulum; and relax on the sands of Paradise Beach or splash in the Caribbean Sea near the ruins of Tulum. Your guide shares commentary about the Yucatan region with your small group, which is limited to no more than 15 participants.
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  • 10 hours
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$89.00
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Tulum Coba Paradise Beach from Playa del Carmen

Tulum Coba Paradise Beach from Playa del Carmen

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Explore two of the most notable archeological sites in Riviera Maya in one day, with a beach break in between. First, head to Tulum to see the dramatic ruins perched on an ocean bluff. After free time and lunch, visit Coba, with its colossal pyramids, some of which you can climb.
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  • 12 hours
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$49.00
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4x1 Tour Tulum and Coba with Cenote and Playa del Carmen

4x1 Tour Tulum and Coba with Cenote and Playa del Carmen

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Explore the ruins of Tulum and Coba Quintana Roo, two of the most important pre-Hispanic cities in Mexico, This combo tour includes swimming in an underground cenote and visiting the 5th Avenue of Playa del Carmen as well. In addition, you will live an interesting Mayan Chocolate Experience in which you will know the importance of cocoa beans for this civilization. On our tour to Tulum and Cobá you will have enough time at the archaeological sites to take excellent photos. You will enjoy a delicious meal in a regional restaurant, you will swim in a nice underground cenote and then we will go to the 5th. Avenida in Playa del Carmen, where you will have free time to visit its boutiques, shops and craft stalls. Amazing!!!
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  • 11 hours
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Discover Tulum, Coba, a Cenote and Playa del Carmen from Cancun or Riviera Maya

Discover Tulum, Coba, a Cenote and Playa del Carmen from Cancun or Riviera Maya

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A experience you will remember, Visit two of the most important Maya archaeological sites on this full-day tour: Coba and Tulum. Admire the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea while exploring the temples and pyramids of Tulum with a certified guide, then head to Coba to climb to the top of Nohoch Muul—the tallest pyramid on the Yucatán Peninsula. In the afternoon, take a swim in a 'cenote' (underground cave), sit down for a traditional Mexican lunch, and explore the city of Playa del Carmen. Round-trip transport is included. Our guides will help you to get one of the best experience in Mexico during your vacation, the explanation and the professionalism will be the difference to enjoy our tour.
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  • 12 hours
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(4x1) Tulum, Coba, Cenote and Playa del Carmen in Our Full Day Tour

(4x1) Tulum, Coba, Cenote and Playa del Carmen in Our Full Day Tour

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Revisit the history of the Maya during this full-day, guided tour to two popular ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula. Look out at the sea and white sand beaches flanking the walled-in ruins of Tulum and learn from your guide about the temples and pyramids built here centuries ago. Next visit Coba to ascend the Nohoch Muul pyramid, take a swim in natural cenote, and then explore Playa del Carmen.
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  • 12 hours
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Cobá Ruins Tour (small group)

Cobá Ruins Tour (small group)

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Visit the ancient Mayan city of Cobá on an easy day trip from Tulum. Located deep in the Yucatán jungle, this archeological site was once an important trade zone. Your guide will share the history of the ruins and if you choose, you can climb to the top of massive stone pyramids to enjoy views of the lush vegetation below.
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  • 5 hours
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Mayan Inland Expedition - Coba Ruins, Punta Laguna and Mayan family

Mayan Inland Expedition - Coba Ruins, Punta Laguna and Mayan family

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Travel inland from Tulum on a full-day tour of Coba and Punta Laguna Nature Reserve. Go ziplining and take a jungle hike, then ride in a canoe on the clear lagoon during an eco-tour at the Maya community. Then follow your guide on foot past the ruins of Coba and learn about this former Maya settlement of the Yucatán Peninsula, built during the Classic period. Climb up Nohoch Mul and hop on a bike to explore. Lunch and round-trip hotel transport included.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Transportation and admission ticket to Coba

Private Transportation and admission ticket to Coba

Set your own schedule and explore the highlights of the Yucatan Peninsula at your own pace. With no specific itinerary, this option offers more independence that most tours but includes round-trip private transfers to the Mayan ruins in Tulum.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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$206.00
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Private tour to Coba Ruins and Swim in Cenote

Private tour to Coba Ruins and Swim in Cenote

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Tour the ancient Mayan city of Coba on this full-day adventure. After a convenient hotel pickup, explore what was once one of the largest classic Mayan cities. Witness amazing views from atop its 131-foot (40-meter) pyramid and learn about the city’s history from an informative guide. Take a bicycle tour, snorkel in a nearby cenote, and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant—all included in the package price.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Private Transportation to Coba for the sunset experience

Private Transportation to Coba for the sunset experience

Experience a spectacular natural light show from the top of the highest monument in the Yucatan Peninsula. Look at the sunlight fading out onto copper tones to become dark and pass to the silent night. A natural show your memory won’t let you forget. In the middle of the majestic Mayan jungle you will find this building called Nohoch Mul pyramid, the highest monument of the Mayan world on the Mexican Caribbean.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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$274.00
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Private Tour: Coba and Tulum Ruins from Cancun

Private Tour: Coba and Tulum Ruins from Cancun

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Discover two ancient Maya cities—Coba and Tulum—on this private, full-day tour from Cancun. In Coba, a ruined city in the jungle that remains mostly unexcavated, climb Nohoch Mul, the tallest pyramid on the Yucatan Peninsula. Emerge from the jungle and marvel at the sparkling Caribbean from Tulum, perched on a bluff. Learn about the archaeological sites and their roles in Maya history, and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch. Leave the large tour groups and enjoy personalized attention and chauffeur service from a private guide.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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$347.83
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Nohoch Mul Pyramid in Coba plus Cenote swim Private Tour

Nohoch Mul Pyramid in Coba plus Cenote swim Private Tour

Coba was one of the most powerful cities of the Mayan culture and it has the tallest building on the Yucatan’s Peninsula, to climb 138 ft monument and see from above the scene, two lagoons hidden in the jungle. Choose your schedule, your timing at every site and the cenote you think would make the best experience for you and your party, besides, you don’t need to share the transportation or making pick-ups along the way. If you have kids, will be easier to do this tour instead of adapting to the rhythm of the public tour
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  • 5 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$285.00
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$285.00
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Coba Ruins Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

Coba Ruins Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

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Journey into the heart of Maya culture with a day trip from Playa del Carmen to Coba. Tucked within the jungle, this ancient Maya city is home to the Yucatan's tallest pyramid. Scale Nohoch Mul for exquisite 360 degree views, then tour the rest of the ruins solo or with a guide (you can even rent a bicycle to explore). Savor a traditional lunch and interact with locals at a modern Maya village. Later,  finish up the day with a relaxing dip in a water-filled cenote, or sinkhole.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$138.99
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Coba Ruins and Punta Laguna Monkey Reserve Day Tour from Tulum

Coba Ruins and Punta Laguna Monkey Reserve Day Tour from Tulum

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If you’ve got an appetite for adventure, then this exhilarating excursion to the Coba and Punta Laguna Nature Reserve is perfect for you. Family-friendly and suitable for all ages, this tour combines Mayan history with cycling, kayaking, ziplining, rappelling, and swimming in a cenote. Climb Nohoch Mul, the highest pyramid in Mexico’s Mayan kingdom, and observe a purification ceremony performed by a Mayan priest. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off in Tulum are included on this small-group tour, limited to eight people.
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  • 8 hours
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Sunset in the Jungle: Private Coba in the afternoon

Sunset in the Jungle: Private Coba in the afternoon

See for yourself the sun melting down the trees with all the copper tones and scape all the heat of visiting during the day at the tallest monument in the Mexican Caribbean. This is the only archaeological site that allows to explore its buildings later than any other Mayan city. Coba is located close to the Riviera Maya which makes easier to get to the site and walk through a warrior’s city to climb this magnificent monument. The sky full of yellow/orange light is the perfect frame for this picture.  The perks of this option is to start late around 1-2 pm (recommended) and don’t have to share the vehicle, easier in case you travel with children.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$312.00
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Coba Ruins Sunset Tour by Bike with Cultural or Extreme Activity and Dinner Show

Coba Ruins Sunset Tour by Bike with Cultural or Extreme Activity and Dinner Show

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Ideal for both lovers of adventure and culture, this 8-hour tour of the Coba archaeological site is both enriching and flexible. Alongside your expert guide, you’ll explore the ancient archaeological site of Coba on a bicycle to cover more ground in less time. Then, opt to either make pottery and create culinary classics in a Mayan village, or increase your adrenaline levels with a zipline ride and cenote swim. Dinner and hotel pickup and drop-off in Playa del Carmen are included — upgrade for an indulgent lobster dinner and a Mayan show.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$133.00
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