Coba Ruins

Coba Ruins

 

 

The city of Coba, most of which is dated between 500 to 900A.D., was once an integral hub to the ancient Mayans, facilitating trade between the coast and the cities deeper in the Yucatan.  It spans over 5 square miles and was estimated to have housed around 45,000 inhabitants at its peak.What makes this ruin site unique to the curious traveler, compared to  more famous ruins like Tulum or Chichen Itza, is how it remains relatively untouched.

 

For the most part, its temples and structures have not undergone restoration and, in fact, it’s  estimated that there are more than 6,000 structures at the site, the majority of which are still buried beneath the jungle. Coba’s desolate yet peaceful grounds tease you’re imagination as you walk along dirt paths under the heavy canopy of the jungle. It’s truly awe-inspiring to think of how these structures were built and how this site had  the largest population of all the ancient Mayan cities. Hike up the largest structure, the 138 foot tall pyramid—Nohoch Mul. This is one of the only ruins that you can actually climb up instead of having to stay behind ropes. Get to the top for a breathtaking view of the jungle.

 

 

 

Location: 26 miles from Tulum
Hours of Operation:  8:00am-5:00pm/7 Days
Type of Activity: Sightseeing
Cost:  $38 pesos for admittance

 

  • You’ll be walking through the jungle so bring bug repellent.
  • Bring a small bag with some water and your camera.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes. You’ll be doing a lot of walking and can hike up the 138 foot pyramid Nohoch Mul.
  • Tour guides are available at the entrance and by the bike rental stand. Ones deeper into the site are a bit more negotiable with their rates.
  • Rent a bike for $3 USD. It’s easier to get around the huge site and the breeze from riding will help cool you off.
  • Bring some extra cash with you because there are some great local run shops in the parking lot where you can load up on gifts and souvenirs.