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“A Must See to appreciate Mayan Architecture”

Coba Mayan Traditions
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Maya Adventure from Playa del Carmen: Coba Ruins...
Ranked #69 of 398 Tours in Playa del Carmen
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Owner description: COBA MAYAN TRADITIONS is one of the greatest Familiar and Cultural tour in the Riviera Maya! Offers you one of the most authentic insights of the Mayan culture, ancient and actual world in Coba archeological site, a real Mayan Village and a fabulous Cenote. In this tour you will visit the tallest Mayan Pyramid (Nohoch Mul) in the zone. The only one still available to climb nowadays! The view on the top is mesmerizing!! Coba ancient city hosts two courts of the famous and mysterious “Ball game”. After our ancestral Mayan journey, we will transfer to the Mayan contemporary Village. Where our visitors enjoy and have a connection with this unique place inside the rain forest with a local lunch in an ecological restaurant, a Mayan Purification with a Chaman, a visit to the Mayan descendants, a demonstration of the extraction of the “Mayan Gum”. The final activity, we will invite you in to immerse in a wonderful Cenote discovering one of the attractions that you can only find in the Mayan Riviera. Our archeological guides will be your host of the area and country they are very knowledgeable of all the information and service that you can imagine about Mexico. In COBA MAYAN TRADITIONS you will spend the day exploring and embracing the amazing Mayan World!
Reviewed 26 November 2013

Coba is the last of a dying breed. Situated well back in the jungle but a relatively easy drive from Playa del Carmen, it is a place you can truly explore. Most of the other major Mayan excavations are closed off and only available to view. Coba is still hands and feet on. It is still be excavated so new parts are always being opened and you are able to climb on, in and around most of the ruins. The climb up and down from the Temple Pyramid is, in and of itself, a religious experience and the views from the top are amazing!! Take plenty of water as it is hot and you are walking alot if you are truly exploring.

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

I loved the Coba excursion and found it so much more enriching than the Chichen Itza tour. However, Chichen Itza is still good to do once. Coba is not one of the wonders of the world (just a large ruin with more steps that you are allowed to climb). Chichen Itza has these mathematical and calendar properties. That said, if you have very conservative family members, it might not be for them. Lots of great history about the ancient Mayan civilization including some talk about ritualistic genital mutilation and some potty humor.

We went directly to Coba, about a 2 hour ride from our resort (in the pouring rain), likely 1.5 hours on a normal day. About a half hour trek to the actual ruins, so bring good footwear. We were able to climb up Coba (but were told by a guide that they may be closing down the ruins next year – forbidding tourists to climb in the future). A great view, very glad we did this.

For those who need it, they have people who will pull you on bicycle to and from the ruins to the front. Definitely touristy, but still a great experience to hear about the history.

After about 2 hours and then lunch, we were then off to swim in a nearby cenote. The one we went to was entirely enclosed (cannot see the sky), but nonetheless it was very beautiful. Leave your belongings in the vehicle, there is really no place to put your things when you get down there. The cenote was a welcome cool off after a long hike to Coba.

After spending about an hour or so at the cenote, we visited a Mayan village where the women were shown how to make tortillas (and then judge if they were ready for marriage - yay.) and then we watched children in the village sing and dance for us. It was an overall wonderful experience to finish up the day while being blessed by the shaman.

On the way back to the resort, we stopped by a run down souvenir shop for at least half an hour. That was the only downside. No one wanted to be there, we should've just asked to leave. Took us almost 3 hours to get back to the resort.

However, if I had to choose to do only one of Chichen Itza or the Coba Cultural, I would definitely chose the Coba Cultural.

2  Thank lunahex
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Hard to say whether this is authentic, but certainly the building structure and the family are local. Interesting to see how the natives live with their simple cooking facilities, animals in the farm yard. They have a few handmade items to sell, such as deerskin boxes. Worth a trip if you are going to Coba.

Thank amyg352
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

The history of Coba is very interesting. Would recommend visiting Coba to anyone interested in the ruins and visiting the area. Well worth the stop. $8 mayan limo ride to the pyramid you can climb. They stop along the way if you ask or you can walk it.

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Reviewed 24 November 2013

Visited this as part of a small tour group, it was truly an amazing experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an amazing culturally and historical experience.

Thank crikey68
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