My husband and I and another couple visited Coba on Feb. 12th, a Tuesday. We rented a car from our resort near Playa del Carmen. It was the first time we rented a car in Mexico and we were somewhat hesitant about it, but the roads are good and other drivers were generally OK. Once you get past Playa, it's a piece of cake to drive. The cost of the car was $70.00 including insurance plus $20 in gas. Not bad if you share with someone, like we did. It took about 40 minutes to get there from Tulum, and we arrived around 10:30 when it was getting pretty crowded with tour buses and groups.
We paid for a guide at 400 pesos for a 45 minute tour of the main Coba group closest to the entrance. A longer 1 1/2 hour tour is also available, but that seemed excessive. Our guide, Orlando, was very knowledgeable and explained the history of the Mayan Culture, its calendar and the architecture. It was well worth paying for his service as informational pamphlets aren't distributed and there are virtually no written explanations around the ruins. The most interesting part of the tour was at the ball court when he explained the manner of the games, religion, sacrifices etc.
After our tour, we were on our own to walk through the remainder of the site to see the observatory and main temple, which you can ascend. We decided against the climb as there were too many people going down with one rope to use on the decent. It was also very hot.
Watch out for the crazy bikers that transport people. Don't forget water and sunscreen. There are some sidewalk cafes to eat and drink outside the main entrance. We had a beer and they provided free chips and guacamole. Yum!!!!!!!
The road to and from Coba from Tulum has a couple of villages where you can purchase blankets and other wares. Don't forget to barter! There are also a number of Cenotes. A very fun day.
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