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“Climb the Temple” 5 of 5 stars
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Coba Ruins
Riviera Maya, Coba 36567, Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Coba
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: These isolated Indian ruins, miles away from civilization, are the remains of one of the largest Mayan cities.
Marion, Illinois
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“Climb the Temple”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We hired a cab driver for a day trip to see Coba & Tulum. Coba was a bit off the beaten path but is a must see if you are in the southern part of the Mayan Riviera. We walked the entire site and took our time throughout to stop, take pics, and climb where we could. If memory serves, you can rent a bike to get back to the temple a bit quicker. If you are short on time this would be a great option but if you have the time then you might as well take a stroll and enjoy the scenery. We got there early in the morning and were extremely happy that we got in and out before the bigger crowd and hotter weather showed up because we were free to roam the area and we were practically by ourselves in the cooler part of the day. Do yourself a favor and climb the temple too. There is a rope (like they used to have at Chichen Itza) to assist with the climb up and down the steps so no excuses!

Visited August 2013
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Tamuning, Mariana Islands
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“Loved it! But don't visit in July.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We arrived at Coba at 3 p.m. by rental car. (Entrance fee $4 USD) It took us 3+ hours from Cancun Hotel Zone due to all the "tope" speed bumps at police stations all along the road . There was a tour group behind us so we hopped on bikes $3 USD and raced to the Pyramid. The trail is flat and riding easy and there was lots of shade. Sadly we realized there were already several tour groups already there. The guide book said go late afternoon to avoid the tour groups but they were in full swing. The pyramid had people all over it. There were women crying and fearfully hanging onto the rope..too afraid to go up or down. This clogged up the process for the rest of us. Impossible to get a photo without hundreds of people on or below the pyramid. It made it feel like an amusement patk. The rest of the ruins, the ball court, etc. were interesting.

The great part was afterwards buying locally made handicrafts. There ate lots of places on the main road leaving from Coba to buy pottery and hammocks and eat great food. Prices are better than in Cancun and the money helps the locals.

It is definitely a redo but go off season. This "hidden gem" was visited by everyone wanting to get off the beaten path.

Visited July 2014
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Lago Vista, Texas
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“ruin in the jungle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is a very nice experience. We walked the entire village. You can rent bikes. We were with a tour guide. We did climb to the top (120 steps) going up is pretty easy, but coming down is a bit harder. The steps are very steep. The view at the top is wonderful.

Visited July 2014
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“Magical Bike Ride through the Jungle and Ruins”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I will never forget our bike ride through the ruins at Coba! It was a short ride (1 mile each way), flat, and had the most beautiful scenery. Dappled sunlight filtered through the jungle canopy, and the temperatures were perfect at 3PM, even though it was a typically hot summer day in the sun.

Before the bike ride, we hired a guide for a 30-40 guided tour of the ruins closest to the entrance. I thought that was a good decision because it helped us to understand what we were seeing. There is no signage at the ruins to explain things to independent travelers.

Other members of our family visited Chichen Itza and Tulum the same week, and the sun/heat at those places was a big negative. Coba does not have that problem.

The feel of Coba is very different than Chichen Itza or Tulum. Those other places are more restored, and this has a more authentic, archeological-dig-in-progress kind of feel.

Visited June 2014
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“Awesome! Avoid rip-off tours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

If you are intent appreciating the amazing ruins, cenotes, and beaches in the Cancun area, I recommend you hop the ADO bus for $6 - $10 and stay a few nights in Tulum. There's not much there, but you are right by the attractions and can go before the throngs of people inundate the site.

*my Coba advice:
Coba is 30 min away from Tulum. The first bus from Tulum does not depart until 9am. And there is only ONE bus back to Tulum at 3pm. You do not need more than 2 hours there. Trust me. (Unless you are herding a family... Then I'd factor in another hour). I was up the pyramid in 5...10 min, tops. You do NOT need to waste your money booking a group tour from your hotel. Entrance is about 65 pesos - less than $6. You can book a guide once you're there. For the same price as one of those tours, you can arrange a deal ahead of time with a taxi from Tulum and you can be the first one there and leave when you're ready. The driver will also throw in an hour to visit a few local cenotes. Waaaay better than a large group tour. I snapped my photos without another soul present. As I was leaving the pyramid, the tour groups were arriving, and I overheard the guide tell his group that they had 10 minutes and then the group was moving on. Are you really going to pay over $100 for TEN minutes? Chances are, if you're reading this review, you are already researching your vacation. Don't ever pay for tours when you can do something yourself on your own schedule.
Of course, if you're a blonde, attractive, and ever-so-humble female who speaks Spanish, like moi, you can get some really great deals! Lol.
Spanish or no, research is your best investment.
Happy travels!

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