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Coba, Mexico

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Nair2011 Nair2011
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4 Sq KM Mayan ruins Jun 05, 2011
Coba mayan ruins are located an hour drive from Playa del Carmen. These ruins are spread across 4 kms. This is considered as one of the biggest mayan cities in history.

Coba ruins have walkways connected to all 4 groups of ruins. Conjunto Pinturas, Grupo Macanxoc, Groupo Nohochmul and Grupo Coba. To cover the 4 Sq. KM area we have bicycle, tricycle options available at the entrance gate too. Bicycle cost 3 USD and TriCycle for 2 with driver cost 10USD.

Grupo Macanxoc has the Maya game play ground, Mayan book and Mayan calender. Groupo Nohochmul has the Main pyramid. We are allowed to climb on top of the same. Grupo Coba is near to the entrance. We can see Tall tress grown on top of the ruins. This group also has a Mayan game court.

Many arts on rocks are well protected and available in this complex.
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Well protected arts on rocks..
Well protected arts on rocks..
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geokid geokid
146 reviews
Coba Oct 02, 2009
Coba is a large Maya site that is located in the state of Quintana Roo. It is 56 miles east of Chichén Itza about 26 miles west of the Caribbean Sea, and 29 miles northwest of the site of Tulum. The ruins are situated around two cenotes. Numerous sacbeob leave Coba to various smaller sites. One such sacbe heads west for approximately 62 miles to the ruin of Yaxuna. Coba has the tallest pyramids (140') on the Yucatan. It is in a group of structures called the Nohoch Mul group. It has been estimated that Coba could have had exceeded 50,000 inhabitants and covered 52 square miles. The majority of the structures date from 500 AD to 900 AD with most of the dated hieroglyphic inscriptions are from 600 AD to 700 AD. The site was occupied by a sizable agricultural population prior to 100 AD. However Coba remained an important site in the Post-Classic era and new temples were built and old ones kept in repair until at least the 14th century, possibly as late as the arrival of the Spanish. Coba traded extensively with Mayan communities as far as Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. Coba controlled a group of ports along the Caribbean, They included Xcaret, Xel-Há, Tancah, Muyil, and Tulum. Knowledge of Coba was never completely lost. John Lloyd Stephens included information about Coba in his 1841 report. However, he did not visit Coba because it was so distant from any known modern road or village that he decided it too difficult to visit. For much of the 19th century the area could not be visited by outsiders due to the Caste War of Yucatán. Teoberto Maler visited Coba in 1893 and took at least one photograph. The amateur archaeologist Thomas Gann was escorted to Coba by local Maya hunters in February 1926. Gann was first to published a first-hand description of the ruins late in 1926. J. Eric S. Thompson visited Coba and reported a large site with many inscriptions. Sylvanus Morley soon followed up with a more extensive examination of the site. Coba remained isolated until the first modern road was opened in the early 1970s. The Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History began limited excavations in 1972 and consolidated several structures. In the early 1980's a paved road to Coba was opened and regular bus service began. A small Villas Archeologicas Hotel was opened by Club Med. Today there is a small village of about 1,500 people.

Coba became a tourist destination shortly thereafter, with many visitors visiting the site on day trips from Cancún and the Riviera Maya. Only a small portion of the site has been cleared from the jungle and restored by archaeologists. Local guides are available at the entrance to the site, as well as bicycle rentals to get to some of the farther ruins within the archaeological zone. Coba, like all archaeological sites in Mexico open to the public via INAH, is free to Mexican citizens on Sundays and national holidays.

There is a small pueblo near the ruins, with some restaurants and small shops selling local crafts.
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barduini barduini
20 reviews
Jun 25, 2007
Coba was really amazing! The site is huge, for starters (around 26 sq. miles). It´s overgrown with jungle, so although there are wide, clear paths to walk, there´s a lot of shade and plenty of wildlife. I saw many lizards, a few butterflies, lots of caterpillars and one really enormous toad. (Seriously, it was huge.) There are bikes and bike taxis for rent. I walked all the major portions of the site in around 3 hours. I went to the Coba group first, but spent more time at Nohoch Mul (´big mound´ in Mayan). This is the second tallest structure in the Yucatan. The breeze at the top was amazing, and I could hear all the birds calling in the jungle below. The tranquility was disturbed considerably by the family of seventeen that climbed up right after me, but if it weren´t for that unfortunate coincidence I would have been alone at the top at 9:30am. Coming early made the experience. I had most of the trails to myself, or came by a few other sightseers. By the time I was leaving at noon, there was a glut of tourists from tour buses heading down all the major paths.

The sheer magnitude of the site was impressive. That said, there´s nothing to do in town (which consists of one main street with a couple of off-shoots). I´d recommend coming in for the day and then heading somewhere else for the night. Coba is only an hour from Tulum or from Valladolid by bus.
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