Coba: The Grandest Mayan City of the Yucatan Peninsula
At the beginning of the 10th century, more than fifty thousand people lived near the Caribbean Coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. They named the city “Coba”.
The translation of Coba is water that is stirred by the wind. Isn’t it curious? Well, just like your curiosity, around 2 million tourists visit the Coba ruins every year. Most of the parts of this ruin are still unexcavated. But this 25 square kilometer village is going to give you the best knowledge about the Mayan Culture and tradition.
“Coba? Where is it?”
Among many sites, beaches and cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, the Mayan ruin is another spectacular thing to visit. Without visiting Mayan ruins in Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum, your trip to Mexico will be half-done.
Coba is located beside the Cancun to Tulum highway. Also, there is a highway available from Playa del Carmen. You are free to choose any one of them. Getting into the city depends on your trip plan and schedule.
What is the Best time of the day to visit?
Though you can take an entry at any time of the day, it is recommended to enter in the morning. The city remains calm. If you can make there before sunrise, you will be able to witness a magical sight in Coba.
“I Want to Go to Coba. Which Transportation Suits the Most?”
Both bus and cars are available from Tulum, Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Buses will drop you at the main entrance of Coba.
The only problem with buses is the monotonous journey. However, renting a car from Cancun or Tulum will be more efficient, enjoyable and adventurous. You can also visit the nearby beaches and cenotes of Coba. A bus journey will not give you this privilege though it is cheap.
How Much Time Does It Take to Roam around This Mayan City?
It depends on how much you want to see! Well, every sculpture, ruin, and relic have a story to tell. To get attached to the Mayan history, you must take at least 4 hours for the visit.
The buildings, temples, and pyramids are not far from each other. You will need to rent a bicycle or hire a rickshaw to go from one place to another. And, every one of these building has unique features. As a traveler, you should not miss any of them.
“Ok. I am sanctioning a part of my trip to Coba. What are the Attractions of the Ruins?”
Visiting Coba is a great decision indeed!
Now, let’s take a look at what are the attractive spots of Coba.
People of the ancient Mayan civilization used to live in some small congested buildings. Churches and temples were surrounded by them. The first thing you will notice after entering is a bunch of buildings. They are known as Coba Group.
The priests and disciples used to live in Coba Group.
This is the highest pyramid. According to the archaeologists, Coba wanted to become superior to Chichen Itza. This is why they started competing with El Castillo of Chichen Itza. Building the Nohoch Mool bears the memory of this competition.
If you don’t have vertigo, start climbing the pyramid. The 42-meter high pyramid will give you the best view of this part in the Yucatan Peninsula.
Macanxoc and Coba Lagoon are not allowed for tourists. You will be able to take a look at them from the highest peak of the pyramid.
To fulfill your thirst for Mayan history, a group of Mayan sculptures, portraits, stelae, and altars are excavated here. This collection is called the group of Macanxoc.
There are monuments in a particular zone of the city. Each of them bears the cultural advancement and its inhabitants. Also, their dressing sense, the ancient Mayan art of war and so many of them are included in the Stelae.
This Mayan City was one of the most spiritually, economically and politically advanced cities in the pre-Colombian classic period. The high road connecting with the important buildings were known as Sacbe.
Elite citizens took the road to visit temples, churches, and pyramids. Such urbanization and categorization were occurred to get a dominating position over Chichen Itza and Tulum.
“When I get hungry, Where should I go?”
Any tour in the Mayan ruins remains incomplete without Mayan dishes. To fight your hunger, there are seven hotels who serve the best Mayan foods.
“It has been Night! Can I Stay at Coba?”
Of course, you can! There are three finely decorated hotels. But they remain crowded. So, you need to book a room or suite before entering the city. The staying will cost you a little more than normal.
Safety in Coba
According to the tourism department, the city is under observation for 24 hours. Though, you may have to face some hawkers. A few rickshaw pullers may ask unreasonable price. You will need to take advice from your tour guide or an expert traveler to deal with that.
It is recommended not to stay at night because of the maximum safety. But the only campsite is totally safe. You can stay and party there all night!
A Useful Advice while Buying Souvenirs
If you want to take a souvenir from this place, it will cost you a lot! The same things are available in every part of the Yucatan Peninsula. Save money by buying from outside rather than from Coba.
Done? There are more to discover as soon as arrive. The best part of the tour will be the unseen history. The unexcavated ruins can be spotted easily. These will take you to the ancient period of Mexico. You will feel how an enriched civilization vanished overnight!
Coba, the Mayan witness of history is calling you!
Playa del Carmen to Coba