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“lovely, unexcavated jungle site”
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Coba Ruins
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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]
Reviewed January 10, 2013

Only a handful of the 5000 mounds have been uncovered at this jungle ruin site. To see all of the excavated ruins, the return circuit is approximately 7 km. Walking early in the morning through this jungle site is most enjoyable, though reasonably priced bicycle and tricycle (driver included) rentals are available. Unlike Tulum and Coba, most of the structures at Coba are accessible. Even the pyramid, which is taller that the one at Chichen Itza, can be climbed. Besides the impressive buildings, there are also a number of carved stelae throughout the site. That the jungle is largely uncleared and most of the mounds are unexcavated, adds to a feeling of discovery when visiting this site. If possible, try to visit this site prior to visiting the more restored sites of Tulum and Chichen Itza.

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Reviewed January 8, 2013

Just got back from the Coba ruins today, and had a great time! Many of the ruins are ok, but the piece de resistance is definitely the main structure, which alone is worth the trip. And you can climb to the top of the pyramid, which is becoming rare.

A few tips for your visit:
Bring a snack and plenty of water! It is very hot, and there is only one small hut toward the main structure that sells water once you are inside.

Rent a bike once you are inside! It is fun as well as speedy.

Don't automatically disregard the small gift shops outside the entrance...I almost did, but upon further inspection found some wonderfully unique items.

7  Thank stephanieahensley
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Altournatives is the tour company we signed up with. They and Charlie (Carlos) our driver were terrific. It is a long day but we scheduled on our second day in Cancun so we were still game for adventure and not needing to be at the beach all day long....yet. We opted not for the usual, Chichen Itza. We wanted more than what Tulum had to show. We wanted a site that we could actually climb and be more involved with. The bike rentals were great to have. There's a lot to see and cover and by the second half of the day you were beat. The first half of the day was two short ziplining treks and then a descent into a cenote which was fantastic. Canoeing was an option and then lunch which was homemade and we devoured it. Coba was after lunch and it was fascinating. There is a small area for shopping as well. If anything I would say there wasn't enough time to spend at Coba but it was a memorable day and all of us loved it. One family with us had been to Chichen Itza and said this was much better. We were on our own after Charlie gave us just enough information to go on and absorb. He was a terrific guide for the day. Can't say enough about him - funny, calm, helpful, great driver, good music provided! :)

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

We drove ourselves from PDC, fairly easy drive, the earlier you get there the less crowded and slightly cooler it will be. We combined half day here with snorkeling in the afternoon to cool off. We have been to Tulum, but not to other ruins. Our kids are teen/preteen age. Frankly a guided tour would have tested their patience so we embarked on our own. The ability to climb the structures, particularly the largest with its vast panoramic view of the jungle proved to be a highlight. Renting bicycles was also a great choice for our age range as we could all negotiate the trails and foot traffic easily. It was a way to cool off some and generate a breeze, we had already done plenty of walking by that point in our travels. Bikes are roughly $3 usd per person. You can take them all the way on a rather winding path to the largest ruin which is accessed by staying to the left at the first fork in the road after the bike rental station. If older or with young children I would rent the two person bike taxi. There were beverages and decent food at the park restaurant afterwards. We brought water and snacks in the car. Park admission roughly $6 as I recall. This is a great half day experience for the family.

4  Thank Gulfcoasters
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

It would be a shame to miss Coba if you're already staying in or visiting Tulum. Plan for a couple hours to soak it all in.

Walking the trails will take some time and would highly recommend renting a bike to get yourself around.

Go early and beat the crowds.

2  Thank Neil_Travels
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