The ruins of Coba

Coba archaeological site ruins

Get to know firsthand one of the most important archaeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula: The ancient city of Coba.

The archaeological site of Coba

After many years, it has been proven that the name of the city is the original and means ”choppy water”, referring to the nearby lagoons. In particular, it was the 5 lakes in the surrounding area that allowed the inhabitants of the city to progress.

The Coba site was built between 300 and 600 AD. It has approximately 70 square kilometers, composed of buildings connected by sacbes or white roads. There are also a multitude of stelae, stones with engravings of important stories that took place in the city over the years and that have remained for posterity.

The city can be visited every day of the year from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., although the last access is two hours after closing time. The entrance fee is approximately 80 pesos.

The pyramid of Coba

The most important pyramid is Nohoch Mul, 42 meters high. It is also known by the name of La iglesia. It is currently one of the largest in the entire Yucatan Peninsula, and its name means ”great mound” in the Mayan language.

In order to climb it, it is necessary to walk its 79 stone steps, which lead to a temple dedicated to the Descending God. This pyramid was created to celebrate religious rites and ceremonies, since religion was very important in Mayan society.

The pyramid of Tulum

tulum pyramid

The ruins of Tulum are among the most visited for their cultural importance, and are composed of buildings worth seeing at least once in a lifetime. Although their constructions are not pyramids as such, they are known as pyramids.

Arguably, the three most characteristic temples are that of the initial series, the Wind God and the Descending God. The entire site is less than 160 kilometers (about 2 hours by car) from the best hotels in Cancun, a perfect tourist destination to rest after a long day of sightseeing.

The Yucatan Peninsula

In this fantastic territory of Mexico you can find the best natural attractions you can imagine. For example, if you haven’t visited any cenote yet, you can dig into the long list of Tulum’s cenotes and get to know a great part of them.

You can’t miss the archaeological ruins of Chichen Itza, about 25 kilometers full of history, temples, an important pyramid and much more.

Surely you want to visit Isla Mujeres, one of the most famous coastal destinations in the Caribbean. There you will be able to make beautiful tours that will take you to know its most important places. You can also spend a beautiful day at the beach with your loved ones while snorkeling and discovering the marine animals that inhabit the barrier reef.

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