Zona Arqueológica de Cobá

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Zona Arqueológica de Cobá

Zona Arqueológica de Cobá
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Coba (pronounced cō-bǝ) is an ancient Maya city on the Yucatán Peninsula, located in what is now northeastern Quintana Roo, Mexico. The site is the nexus of the largest network of stone causeways of the ancient Mayan world, and it contains many engraved and sculpted stelae that document ceremonial life and important events of the Late Classic Period (AD 600-900) of Mesoamerican civilization.[1] The adjacent modern village bearing the same name, reported a population of 1,278 inhabitants in the 2010 Mexican federal census.[2]
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Erin L
7 contributions
Jan 2022
The Coba ruins was definitely worth the 45 minute trip from Tulum! We arranged a deal with a local taxi driver for transit to get us out there and spent a total of three hours at the ruins. It's 100 pesos for entry and there are bathrooms located ONLY at the entrance. We walked past the entry point and then paid for a tour with Sebastian, one of the guides on site. We were a group of four and paid 200 pesos a piece then tipped afterward - it was worth every cent! Sebastian was a phenomenal guide and given that there were very few informational plaques we were VERY thankful we paid for a tour. He used a supplemental binder with photos and drawings that truly made the tour and ruins come to life.
The only bummer was that we couldn't climb the largest temple like you could before COVID.
I would highly recommend this day trip, especially paired with a trip to Multan-Ha Cenote, an extremely quiet and unpopular but nonetheless stunning cenote!
Written January 23, 2022
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ88 contributions
Jan 2020
It was splendid to have visited this site! It is conveniently located near Tulum, and Valladolid is also not too far away. Arriving there by car is probably the best option. The parking lot is huge, and it's surrounded by retail shops and restaurants. The archaeological site itself is big, which is why it is recommended to hire a bike. A bike rental could cost like 10 pesos or so, and it's a much more fun way to see the ruins and explore the area. You can also walk throughout the site to see the ruins but you'll take about 2 hours and a half to come and go, which leaves you less time to check out the ruins. If you take the bike, you'll quickly get to the ruins, and spend as much time as you want to take photos, climb the ruins (the one that are allowed, of course), and do some further reading if you wish and / or have the resources. Almost the entire site is free of direct sunlight because it is protected by trees. The air is fresh and cooler than other sites. So, either if you walk or take a bike, you won't feel extremely hot. It'll be just awesome. Best time to visit this site surely is in the morning hours, particularly before 10 am. It is more quiet and comfortable. I was very impressed with how well organised was this site. The bike rental spot had it's own corner, next to every ruin there was a space with a sign designated to park bikes, along all the site there were waste bins, the site was mostly clean during all day, and inspection teams would run the site to see if things were going smoothly and/or if anything or anyone needed assistance. When you reach the main pyramid, make sure to climb all steps and to spend some time admiring the views. You should have enough time to contemplate this beautiful and peaceful place. Some people say they can see Chicken Itza and Ek Balam from up there. Will you be able to see it too? Well, I could not identify them. But if you do please let me know :-) Coba certainly should not be missed. It's full of interesting stories from the Inca times and I assure you it will blow your mind. I would not go there by taxi though. It's a bit far away from main places and it does not seem a place you'll want to get yourself loose or lost. Other than this, it's incredible the work they do here for visitors to enjoy.
Written March 9, 2020
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Idaho Falls, ID137 contributions
Apr 2021
Visited Coba yesterday, fantastic experience. We arrived before noon and hired a guide and pedal cab. Roberto was extremely knowledgeable and taught us many things about Coba and the Mayan people. Highly recommend the pedal cab and guide, very long walk into site, only $69 dollars for both, well worth it. They don’t allow you to climb the large pyramid, it is closed to climbing until 2022.
Written April 30, 2021
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Tampa, FL108 contributions
Mar 2022
We stayed in Coba town, so it was easy to hop over here in the morning. I think it's a 40 minute drive from Tulum if you are staying elsewhere.

Entrance fees are MX peso only, but you can change money at an exorbitant rate at a vendor across the parking lot.

You can self-guide, or you can pay for a local guide (they have guides who speak French, English, Spanish, maybe more). The guides can take you to the closer ruins for a 45 minute tour, or cover a larger area for the 2 hour tour. We opted for the 45 minute tour in Spanish, and we felt that it was fine, although certainly we got what we paid for (best Mayan ruin tour was at Tikal, arranged through La Lancha. The guide had a PhD in archeology!). The tour ended at the area where you can rent bicycles or hire a bicitaxi to go to the main ruins. Since we were with kids, we opted for two bicitaxis, although my husband ended up walking most of the way (it is shaded and even ground). The bicitaxi took us to the main attractions in that loop in less than an hour. The guide had prepared us for the sights, and the bicyclist also knew quite a bit about the ruins. The bicyclists often only speak Spanish, which works for my family, but if you don't speak it, you might want to bring a guidebook and/or hire a guide for this part too.

The ruins are wonderful. They aren't as well-excavated as the ruins elsewhere, but that gives one an appreciation for the works of the archeologists who come here to find these structures in the jungle. Also, there's a lot more shade than at Tulum, so it's more comfortable to walk around.

We weren't able to climb up the ruins, but that's probably a good thing from a preservation standpoint.

If you are thinking about staying in Coba town, unless you are an archeologist or have a deep passion for swimming in cenotes, you probably only need one night in town. Drive in, spend the night, see the ruins in the morning, and leave midday. Most people visit Coba as day-trippers, so the town isn't really set up for tourists. There are only a few places that serve dinner, and they serve it EARLY. I thought that was a feature, not a bug, but not everyone would agree. We stayed two nights, but with young kids who were too young to ride bicycles, there wasn't much to do, and they got bored.
Written March 21, 2022
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Edward D.
Lucena, PB2,927 contributions
Mar 2021
The Mayan ruins of Cobá are a huge complex of temples, pyramids, ball courts and more. The 3 main areas within Cobá cover about 80 square kilometers. To really see this site, you should expect to spend the better part of a day; otherwise, you’ll have to pick and choose what you want to see.
The tallest pyramid in the Nohoc Mul complex is 42 meters (138 feet) tall and the city is estimated to have had a population of about 50,000 at its height. Cobá was first settled about 50 BC and was occupied until about 1500 AD, but was abandoned before the Spaniards reached the area.
You can rent a bicycle to get around, and they also have bicycle rickshaws that you can pay to have you get to or from one area or another.
Written March 24, 2021
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Saint Louis, MO28 contributions
Feb 2022
Three of us booked a private tour through Aquanauts Dive Shop in Puerto Morelos. We had a private driver for the day. The day started at 8am with pickup at our apartment. We drove about 3 hours to get to the Coba archaeological site. We paid the entrance fee and chose to pay for a guide for our group. If I had one tip, it would be to rent a tricycle with rider! These are like rikshaws with the two wheels in the front. They will hold 2 small people or one larger person. It is 2km to the main pyramid...we all agreed that walking to the pyramid wouldn't be bad, but walking back would be awful since there is nothing new to see on the way back. I will mention that 2 of us had mobility issues. You can also rent regular bikes, but the road is rough...I regularly ride a bike and I would not have wanted to ride on that road. No helmets were available. The guide was knowledgeable and led us at a pace we were comfortable with. There are several vendors selling blankets, icons, and many items of interest. We had lunch at the restaurant on the property on the other side of the parking lot from the entrance. We decided to skip swimming in a Cenote to get to Akumal to swim with turtles. We took too long at lunch to do all three things.
Written February 21, 2022
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Paris France4 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
June 23 we spent 90 minutes there with a fantastic local guide (whose grandfather moved there in the 1920s and then was dispossessed of his land in the 1970s), and then another hour on our own.

The MX government is arguing with the locals about revenue sharing, and so has stated on the website that it’s closed. That’s wrong. Parking is 80, and tickets are 100 each (far less than Chichen-Itza, at >500). The official guide price is 1200 (a bit more than Chiche-Itza).

We had lessons on history, calendar, flora (tree with poisonous sap is often found right next to the ‘antidote’ tree… red, fauna (unusual beehives with extraordinarily tiny bees). Well worth the visit. If you drive there just be careful of all the speed bumps and the local dogs who like to lie on the road.
Written June 23, 2022
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Cardiff, UK74 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
This site is very big compared with Tulum and Chechen Itza we walked rather than hired bikes which was fine as we got there early (9.30) before the bus groups and the weather was cloudy. Later in the day, hire a bike or a bike taxi. You can pick up bike taxis at the temple at the far end of the park if you want to walk there first.
You will see temples, a ball game park, houses and a watchtower. You will also see masses of stones and rocks in the trees all around you, they were all buildings at one time, 55,000 people lived here.
You can hire a guide for either 45 minutes or 90 minutes. The 45 minute package covers buildings nearest the entrance and a decent briefing on the Mayans and the history of the site, it does not cover going to the temple, further away.
Climbing the temple steps is fun once you are up! 50 steps in I stared to feel tired, 70 steps I was wondering why on earth I had started and 90 steps is just 10 short of the summit so you get all enthusiastic about how ell you have done.
At the top you can see for miles, but all you can see is trees for miles.
Written March 8, 2020
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Ciudad Juarez, Mexico210 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Place was amazing, you can easily spend 2 hours here.
I highly recommend you get a guided tour so you can appreciate the culture and history of this place.
They charge $80 pesos per person and they do offer to give you a ride in a bicycle for a fee.
However, if you can walk the journey to the main pyramid just do it... it is worth it.
They also charge you $60 pesos for parking.
Written July 28, 2021
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London, UK235 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
We did a morning trip to coba. Got there around 845 and was nice and quiet. There’s a big parking area and you pay 60 pesos to park up. The car park is surrounded by souvenir shops and places to grab a drink or a snack. You buy the entry ticket at the little kiosk. Helpful guides on the gate explained two tours to us. A 45 minute tour and a longer one of one and a half hours. We opted for the longer one for 1200 mxn ( and actually spent two hours with our guide).

We grabbed two limousines ( bike taxi for two) and headed straight to the big temple. We would have loved to have cycled ourselves and paths were wide and flat so easy for kids but one of ours still hasn’t mastered a bike. Still the kids enjoyed the novelty of being on the bike limo and since we were early we had the tracks to ourselves. We were probably the third group of people to arrive at the pyramid which was great. Lovely and quiet. We did the climb to the top which was the easy bit, coming down was harder but we just sat down and came down step by step holding the rope to be extra careful. The view from the top was great, trees all around and another ruin peaking out the top of the trees.

We then carried on our tour viewing all the different groups with interesting explanations along the way of the buildings, of the Mayan way of life and how they used elements of nature in their everyday life. I forget what we paid for the bikes but it’s a fixed price. I’m thinking 350 pesos. You walk a little way past the ticket gate to the office where they all wait. They wait in order so you just take the next one in the queue which is nicer than being hassled. You pay the hire at the end to the office and any tip direct to your driver. You hire regular bikes at the same place and they have a range of different sizes.

All in all a really enjoyable trip and I would highly recommend a guided tour at at least one of the Mayan sites to better understand the culture. We then headed to tulum for an afternoon on the beach.
Written January 1, 2020
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