Location / Nearby Zona Arqueológica de Cobá
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. The adjacent modern village bearing the same name, reported a population of 1,278 inhabitants in the 2010 Mexican federal census.
Image Zona Arqueológica de Cobá
Awesome Mayan site
It would have been a 5 if there was no restriction to go on top of the Nohoch Mul pyramid. The trip is long and that view from the top it’s worth the while, but unfortunately it is not allowed anymore. Beside that, it is an awesome archeological place, I just wish there was more guides and explanations to what you are seeing. The only way to dig deeper is by paying the local tour guides, but they are a bit expensive. On the way to the pyramid, you will do a ling walk or you can ride a bike. I saw some monkeys, iguanas and some other animals in the wild. It was a good experience.
Worth it but beware ticket sales.
Worth a visit as it’s fairly undeveloped for tourism. You can’t go on main pyramid as you might think but some of the other ruins can be explored hands on. We took the colectivo from our resort to tulum and the ado bus to coba. Total cost was 90 pesos each and 80 peso each to enter ruins. Be aware there was a couple guys saying that you could buy tickets from the store at entrance for 100pesos and the 20 extra peso goes to the community. But those tickets won’t get you in you still need to buy from the stand about 10ft away for 80pesos. All this right infront of the park officials. Seemed legit. The trip back we grabbed a cab with a group for 100peso each to tulum and a colectivo back to our resort. Total about 65$ for 2 people. Worth it for sure
Coolest part of my trip
After reading all of the warnings about the scammers at Tulum ruins, I came here instead. I was not disappointed! It started to storm as soon as I arrived, and the crowd was huddled under awnings near the entrance, but I decided to put on my rain jacket and go for it. You can walk, rent bikes, or hire someone to bike you around. There are three clusters of ruins - you come to a fork in the road, and the biggest ruins are to the left. I kept walked straight, and it was a nice long walk through the jungle to the other two clusters or ruins. It is hard to describe how awesome it was to be almost completely alone among the ruins in the rain! After walking back to the fork in the road, I hired someone to take me to the bigger ruins. For only 90 pesos, he took me there and provided some historical information on the ruins. This was the coolest thing I did on my trip. Word to the wise: stay very well hydrated!!
Cheap and enjoyable alternative to Chichen Itza. Consider taking a guided tour.
- the place is very quiet as there is fewer tourists and there are no souvenir peddlers in the archeological zone but there are some shops just outside if you need to buy something for your grandma
- you can choose how to move around: by foot, with rented bicycle or tricycle taxi service
- it is pleasantly shaded as you walk mainly under the threes
- the admission fee is just 4 USD so about four times less than Chichen Itza
- I strongly advise getting a guided tour
- I have to admit it is still not so imoressive as Chichen Itza
A must if you are in the area
Place was amazing, you can easily spend 2 hours here.
I highly recommend you get a guided tour so you can appreciate the culture and history of this place.
They charge $80 pesos per person and they do offer to give you a ride in a bicycle for a fee.
However, if you can walk the journey to the main pyramid just do it... it is worth it.
They also charge you $60 pesos for parking.
A must if you are in the area
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