The pyramid at Coba was great. It is one of the few places that you can still climb an ancient Mayan pyramid. I was really excited about this trip. It did not disappoint. The Mexican government is threatening to rope off the pyramid like they did in Chichen Itza. So a piece of advice... verify that it is still climbable before you make the trip. I made that mistake with Chichen Itza. I climbed it once before, and took my girl friend back there with the intent of proposing at the top of the pyramid. Imagine my disappointment when I saw the ropes.
TIP1: It is HOT. It is not uncommon for it to be 110-115 degrees. So wear sunblock, a hat, and a personal mister (blows a mist of cool air)
TIP2: At the entrance, take the bike taxi. It is about a mile from the entrance to the pyramid. It does not seem like far, but in the heat it gets to you. There is very little that you will miss with the bike and you will be fresh for the pyramid. Almost all the ruins are associated with the entrance or the pyramid, It is 10 dollars for the round trip. DO NOT PAY AT THE BEGINNING. They will drive you there, wait for you, and drive you back. PAY THEM AFTER THEY RETURN YOU.
TIP3: If you want to exercise for the pyramid, practice stairs with at least 14 inch steps. That is the challenge between the pyramid and normal stairs, the size of the steps. They are just tall enough to put pressure on your knees
TIP4 There are several ways to go up. First hang on to the rope. It gets crowded. Second, place your foot on the step sideways and climb up at an angle so that you are zig zagging up the pyramid. Going down, you can do the same. Or if you are afraid of heights, you can sit on your rump and move down on step at a time
TIP5: It can get very WINDY on pyramid. I lost my hat. So I would suggest a hat with a chin strap.
TIP6: Make sure you take a camera to the top. There is nothing more disheartening than to get to the top and remember you left your camera. It is also helpful to have someone there to take your picture. There is a great show from the top looking down at the stairs at someone coming up the last 10 steps
At the top is a great view and well worth the effort. It is 120 steps for a height of 138 feet.
Enjoy yourself and become one of the ever reducing number of people who have climbed a pyramid.
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