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Chichen Itza or Coba?

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Chichen Itza or Coba?

Which place is better to visit. And how far away is each location from playa del carmen.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Chichen Itza or Coba?

HI!

Chichen Itza is much much larger than Coba but it is 3 hrs from PDC. Coba is about 1 hr or so the other way. Small, not many ruins to see. We did Coba on a tour and had a good time. Since I have an 8 yo this was the better choice for us. Not as much walking. We left in the AM, stopped at a shop for a potty break (don't buy anything on the way in, you stop at the same place on the way out). After Coba we were treated to a meal at this shop and had a bit of time to do some shopping. Things are more expenisve here (on the tag) but they do barter. After you go to a Mayan village and see how they live, how they gather the sap to make chicklet gum etc. My children took colouring supplies to donate to the school. Others brought school supplies and some brought fruit. (the ask that no one bring candy for the children). This tour icompany is socially aware and support 1 community per year then move to another. If you want to see alot of ruins, do Chichen Itza, but we really enjoyed Coba. My children want to send more things from here to that tour company for the school.

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2. Re: Chichen Itza or Coba?

I prefer Coba--it is an older site than Chichen and a very large site. This might give you some insight:

The ancient Mayan ruins and village of Coba are located about a 1 hour and 15 minute drive southwest of Akumal. Coba was the capital of the largest Late Classic empire in the Northern Lowlands. Coba is a mammoth ruined city and is located 30 miles inland fromTulum. This archaeological site sits amid 5 small, shallow lakes and is very

impressive. Coba is known for its great length of occupation. The earliest

stele dates to a.d. 623 and Coba was occupied until the late Postclassic

times, around the 14th century

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Riviera Maya, Mexico
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3. Re: Chichen Itza or Coba?

We went to Coba and were very impressed. It's just over an hour and well worth a visit. We rented a car and did Tulum as well the same day. We had talked to other people who had been to both and their comments were that Chichen Itza was a very long day as it's over 3.5 hours each way plus the time you spend there and it's much more crowded than Coba. And although it's not as impressively laided out at Chichen Itza it was more interesting. You can get a guide at Coba and it makes for a really interesting tour, also there is actually some shade at Coba for those really hot days. Some people didn't want to walk around so you can rent bikes or have someone drive you around a bike cart.

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