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Coba Ruins
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Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Coba
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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 May 7, 2013

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.

Some tips:

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.

2  Thank Devin J
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Our group stayed at the Excellence Playa Mujeres resort and decided to take a day and go site seeing. We did a two part trip. 1st half of the day we went to a Mayan Village, received a blessing from a Mayan Priest then we repelled into a fresh water cavern. After we climbed back out or rode the "Mayan Elevator" (they lifted us with our inner tubes out of the cavern), our party went on three different ziplines. Afterwards, we had down time where we could canoe or lay on some hammocks and enjoy nature. We were able to sit and have lunch prepared by the Mayan Villagers, what an experience! After this was over, we got back in the van and went to Coba. At Coba, you get to see the amazing pyramid and get a little background of the ruins. It is the LAST ruin in Mexico that you are able to climb and touch. This was wonderful although we were pretty beat by the time we got there so I think either one or the other would be the way we would redo this. There are Mayan "taxis" which are basically bicycle taxis which is a nice treat. Just be careful with the vendors outside of Coba, their items are pricey and they are a bit aggressive. We were smart not to bring too much cash (just bring money for tipping) and did not bring any credit cards.

Thank Sue H
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

We went here as part of a day tour that covered, Chichen Itza, Ik kil, Coba & Tulum. Of the ruins, Chichen Itza was ok, but was very touristy and expensive tour guides. But worth getting one if you are there in a rush. We personally preferred Coba, which was nice and had a lot of character to it and you can go up the pyramid too which offers stunning views and makes you feel good to go up and come down in the scary ascent. Highly recommend taking the $10 bicycle taxi. We had a very nice local mayan guy, Rodrigo on our taxi (no. 12) who spoke extremely good English and had very good knowledge of the ruins. Therefore , I would not bother paying for a guide in Coba but take a bicycle taxi which itself is a good tour guide. He took us to all the places and to be able to ride 2 of us on his taxi for such a distance in that terrain was awesome. I personally would recommend you go ask for him to take you to the main pyramid. He is well worth it than getting a tour guide. You will realise that at the end of the tour that you got such a good deal on the cost of the taxi that you want to tip the guy.

1  Thank sherveen
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

Coba was fabulous!! The climb to the top of the pyramid was scary but so worth it!!
Although the place is lovely & the walk is mostly very flat, you can rent a bike or a biclcye taxi for $10US. One taxi can take 2 people.
Also, if you take a taxi be sure to tip your driver!! We had a young man who was in high school & works there on the weekend. Not only did he drive us but, he told us alot about the ruins & the history :)

Thank Jeannie G
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

i wascthere ashort time...very nice and historical.....lots of climbing..easy to get to and not expensive...be sure to have pesos on hand and an umbrella

1  Thank Sam A U
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