NileGuide Expert Says:
You can still climb to the top of the pyramid at Coba. For safety reasons, climbing on the pyramids is prohibited at many other sites of Mayan ruins. For a spectacular view, climb to the top of this pyramid while it is still allowed.
Cobá, Quintana Roo, Mexico
+52 (998) 881-9000 (Tourist Information)
NileGuide Expert tip:
Ride bikes around the site. The roads are the same roads the Mayan people used, roughly 2,000 years ago.
At the height of its glory, Coba had more than 50,000 inhabitants and was a major Mayan city, with strong cultural ties to Tikal, in Guatemala. Coba was an economic leader in the Mayan world, using an intricate series of roads to travel to other cities to buy and sell wares. Today, some of those ancient roads still exist and you can walk or ride bicycles down those roads, inside the archeological site of Coba.
Climb to the top of the city's main pyramid for an unbelievable, and unforgettable, view.
Coba is located approximately 100 miles from Cancun. Even though this was once a major Mayan city, this archaeological site is not nearly as popular with tourists as the nearby sites of Chichen Itza and Tulum. This is good and bad. It's bad because there are not as many tours offered, but good because it is not incredibly crowded, like Chichen Itza and Tulum can be.
Coba can be seen in just a couple of hours. For this reason, many people opt to combine it with a visit to area cenotes (sink holes), Tulum, or Chichen Itza, in order to make it a full-day trip.