Ancient mayan site surrounded by lakes…could it get any better “Coba is an ancient Mayan city surrounded by 5 lakes located west of Tulum in the state of Quintana Roo. Once here you’ll realize reading about it just isn’t enough. Few sites have pyramids as high, and hardly any allow tourists to climb them, but in Coba we invite you to experience being on the top and look out at the majestic Mayan territory and its extensive jungle.”

Without a doubt, Coba is one of the most important settlements in the northeastern part of Yucatan Peninsula. It’s only comparable in size and importance to Chicen Itza, its rival and enemy for much of it’s pre-Hispanic history. It takes up about 70 square kilometers and has a network of 45 paved roads (or “sacbeob” in Mayan) that connect the various compounds around the site and Coba with other small communities that surely depended on its power. Within this complex road system is one 100-km “sacbe” that connects Coba with Yaxuna, an archeological site in the neighboring state of Yucatan.

Site access costs $20.00 for nationals and $57 for foreigners.

Leaving from Cancun take the federal highway (180) Cancun  Chetumal and at km 128 south of Cancun is Tulum. From there take the turn-off at km. 47, which will take you to the town of Coba and the archeological site.

Open every day from 8 am to 5 pm.

We recommend wearing lightweight clothing and comfortable shoes that will let you walk easily to the different areas of the site, as it is accessible only on foot and by bike. Climbing the pyramids is permitted. It’s important and recommended to bring insect repellant as Coba is located within a dense jungle and there can be mosquitoes and other insects. Outside food and drink inside the site is not recommended. Photography using flash is not recommended. Before arriving check the weather forecast to help you choose the best time. Remember, it’s important to respect the area you’re visiting and keep it clean.

Parking, restrooms and ticket booth. Shops selling food and drink and regional crafts. Certified local guides. Tours on foot or by bike.

Don’t forget to visit the cenotes around Coba, nor the beachs of Tulum, Puerto Aventura and Playa del Carmen.To the west, you can not miss the “Pueblo Magico” of Valladolid, and of cours,e the magnificent Chichen Itza.To the nort, just 10 minutes from Coba, you can live the wilderness adventure of camping in Punta Laguna, a natural life reservoir with a bautiful lagoon.


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