Coba A Day Trip Out Of Hotel Zaci, Valladolid
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March 13th, 2009 – by: geokid
Coba is a large Maya site that is located in the state of Quintana Roo. It is 56 miles east of Chichen 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.
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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