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“Excellent site, use a guide, great for kids too”
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Coba Ruins
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Cancun Combo: Xel-Ha and Coba Ruins in One Day from Cancun
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Owner description: Coba (pronounced cō-bǝ) is an ancient Maya city on the Yucatán Peninsula, located in what is now northeastern Quintana Roo, Mexico. The site is the nexus of the largest network of stone causeways of the ancient Mayan world, and it contains many engraved and sculpted stelae that document ceremonial life and important events of the Late Classic Period (AD 600-900) of Mesoamerican civilization.[1] The adjacent modern village bearing the same name, reported a population of 1,278 inhabitants in the 2010 Mexican federal census.[2]
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“Excellent site, use a guide, great for kids too”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

Coba is a large archeological site in the Yucatan peninsula. You should have a knowledgeable guide, either with you or hire an official one at the park entrance, to explain the history and significance of the different structures: pyramids, ball fields, steles with inscriptions, priestly housing, and even some constructions whose actual use is not known. Coba dates from the early Mayan history, built well before Chichin Itza. The pyramid is the tallest in the Yucatan, and you can still climb it (but maybe not for long), which makes Coba a great place for kids to experience the genius of the ancient civilization. Use caution though, especially coming down the pyramid, as the steps next to the one rope are slick with wear. Rec: ride the bikes, or use the 2 passenger "taxi-tricycles" at a nominal cost of $2 per passenger, to cover the distances between the structures. Overall, a wonderful place to visit and learn. There's a good 2-story buffet restaurant right outside too. Afterwards, head to a cenote for a refreshing unique swim in the underground caves and rivers.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank Richard J
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“Hot but well worth the visit”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

We left about 7am to get there early and it was worth avoiding the midday heat if you want to climb the Mayan pyramid. I wasn't sure I would make it but despite a heart condition I made it to the top and it was well worth the effort. The history of the Mayans is fascinating, the visit to a denote for a swim was very welcome after the heat and dust and the visit to the Mayan village was a privilege to see the current situation. A very good day out. We used the bicycle transport to get back to the start which was well worth the money

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Christine A
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“Brillant for wheelchair user who can transfer”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

This ruin has a very awkward access over blocks of uneven concrete BUT once you are through the gate you can hire a bike with two seats up front and someone to peddle you around. The people were very helpful and brought the bike right to the entrance both coming and going.If you are able to transfer then this is a fantastic way to see this site which is huge and the $8 for the bike was sooo worth the money. If you are not a keen walker and want to climb the Nohoch Mul with amazing views then hire a bike to save your energy!!!! Take water and a scarf you can soak and wear while climbing as it is very hot and hard work. There is good shade for anyone waiting at the bottom. We had a guide who was really interesting and made the trip even more worthwhile.

Visited December 2013
2 Thank Bridget M
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“Barely uncovered so explore away”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

This is a huge site and the parts that are exposed are a very small portion of what is there. It is a substantial walk so there are pedicabs or bicycles that you can be driven or rent There are also guides who will take you through and I think it is worth it if you are interested in the history of these amazing people. On par with the highest civilizations of their times they are one of the least known about Not overly commercialized and a lot quieter than other major sites ( Chitzen Itza ) it is well worth a visit

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Allan D
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“amazing archaeological site in the jungle”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

I felt privileged to have climbed nohoch mul pyramid as this is closing to the public soon. This was a mysterious site, less well preserved than chichen itza and hidden in jungle in places. It is a very large site but easy to see the main parts in a couple of hours by which time in June/July it is far too hot! There are lots of hidden buildings, some of which were pointed out by our very knowledgable guide. I hope the government does spend money excavating this site but it would be nice to see it preserved hidden as it is and remain free of the cattle market of traders to be found at chichen itza.

Visited July 2014
4 Thank Rachael F
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