Wonderful to see one of the oldest things on earth
Still largely unexcavated
The little town and the ruins are definitely worth the visit.
The climb is steep and high. It looks a lot easier than it is, and to be honest it doesn't look easy. It is difficult in the humidity. With all of that said. I recommend climbing to the top. If you need to take breaks, take breaks. But do it. It is one of the only pyramids at a set of ruins in the Yucatan that you can actually climb. And the view...more
Many people rent bikes inside the ruins because it is a big park. However, I recommend walking. While riding a bike is faster, you experience more when you walk. Coba is in the heart of the jungle. And when you are biking, you move too fast to really take it all in. The jungle is one of the best parts of Coba. The sounds and the feelings of the...more
When parking our car in Coba ruins parking lot (15pesos) we noticed small restaurant that looked uninviting to the majority of tourists. Off course we decided that was where we are going to have our lunch.Place was run by Mayan family.Mother in typical Mayan outfit poked her head out of the kitchen. Little 4 years old brought us the menu (and was...more
I cant tell you if the lunch would cost you a lot of money. We just payed one price for the whole pakkage. But i dont think you have to pay a lot. Its further away from Playa del Carmen. Up there you better take a credit card ha ha. If you have to sit on the lower part of the restaurant, make sure you sitt more in the middle of the building. We...more
If you want you can have a local BBQ in this restaurant. You make the excurtion the other way aroudn (first swimming, then the Maya's and then you arrive at this restaurant for a cup of coffee, then to Coba and then back to the restaurant for a BBQ). This BBQ is at the bottum floor of the restaurant and you better take some napkins with you when...more
The best thing you could do in the evening is what this man is doing. Search a hammock and lay down. Dont move to much cause then the musquito's will find you.
Coba is more the ancient place with the temples and some restaurants then its a nightlife place.
Dress Code: By the way i dont wanna walk in the dark trough the jungle of Coba, cause i would be lost before there were 5 seconds gone ha ha
Maybe a spirit of a nice Maya could help me out, but i think even they need their sleep.
The easiest way to get to Coba from Tulum is to take an ADO first class bus. The 2nd class bus takes the same amount of time and costs the same amount of money, but the 1st class bus is better. The ride is about 45 minutes and the bus will take you right to the parking lot of the ruins. To get back to Tulum from Coba, just wait right outisde the...more
We rented a lettle rollerskate ATOS to get around Mexico. Although renting bigger (faster) car like VW Lupo would be better idea. Renting the car was definitely on the money.We rented a little roller skate ATOS to get around Mexico. Although renting bigger (faster) car like VW Lupo would be better idea. Renting the car was definitely on the...more
People are very poor in the jungle (and outside the big cities) so they will try to ask money. Not much but still they do. So if all the people would give them money they wouldnt contignue to make the Mayan culture go. Its better to buy something out the stores you see along the roads or even in the Mayan houses.
What to buy: We have bought some nittingwork. But there are different Maya souvenirs to buy. Also the food they make is for sale, so if you buy a burrito from them, they have money for something else.
What to pay: Make sure you pay about 50% of the price they are asking on markets, but in the Maya houses you can just pay what they ask, cause there are the prices normal.
I came across an interesting ceremony a the top of the Nohoch Mul "big mound" ruin at Coba. Reminded me of being in Sedona to tell you the truth :). After talking to one of the Shamans he explained he was hired to perform a ceremony and there was quite a resurgence of interest among the upper-classes in mayan religion and ceremony. Quite chic to...more
This tree on the picture was / is what the Maya;s use(d) for make their drinks with alcohol. Not only they drunk it for having a drink with friends, but the tree is also medical relief. I think its like the Mamaguana in the Dominican Republic..... strong and good for everything (like the Dominican say : Potentia !!!.....)more
Coba is in the heart of the jungle so there are bugs galore. Bring bug spray. Spray everywhere, even the places you think you won't need it. My husband was wearing sandles and the bugs bit his feet where the sandles were not covering his feet. I also recommend reapplying the spray. You will be sweating so much that it washes the bug spray off. You...more
My boyfriend and I were wandering around the Coba ruins and took a number of the jungle trails. Some were really cool and led to ruins you might not see otherwise, but we were STALKED THROUGH THE JUNGLE!!! I swear this is true, I even have pictures.We walked past the "Grupo Macanxoc" sign, looked at the ruins there, and then found a jungle trail...more
When climbing Coba's main structure be sure to climb with caution. The steps are extremely steep and uneven. There is a rope that can be used as a handhold but when the steps are wet, and due to all the rain the area get they often are, the steps can be very slick. Plan on wearing shoes with plenty of traction. Don't speed up the steps like a pro...more
This picture is showing a door in a temple. There would have been a mummy in that room and they think maybe there is a trasure or something like that behind the door.... but why telling and not exploring?
There is no sign of a mummy...so i have my doubts.
Unique Suggestions: Smile and be polite....just do if you believe the guide.
Fun Alternatives: Go outside and see the beauty of the jungle !
take small backpack if you are planning to climb the ruins. Hand held bags will be hard to hold if you need your both hends and legs to climb. Wear pants (short or long).Wear hiking shoes or sport shoes. If you have only flip-flops, it is better to climb bare foot.Don't forget, every scrape or bruise will hurt like hell the next day you will take...more
If you wanna do the Maya's a favor you have to bring them things they need like soap, paper, pens, pencils and things like that. If you are in an all-inclusive hotel, make sure you get the soap, shampoo and things from there... save them a couple of days and bring it with you when you go to the Maya's.more
OK, this fella didn't seem to be posing much of a threat, people were getting pretty close to him and he just didn't seem to be all that hungry, I mean if a few big juicy Americans weren't a temptation, I don't know what would be LOLWe saw this croc in the lake before you get to the entrance of the ruins. Somehow the guide knew he was there, maybe...more
On the road between Tulum & Coba, Mexico there are numerous little villages, not more than one or two streets big. They sell all kinds of touristy items, but also fresh fruit at very cheap prices. We always buy something and give a little extra since they are charging prices for fruit that I would pay 2 or 3 times more for in the USA.more
Never go to a spot an just sit on one place... if you can walk around, sit high and lay low. Make sure you have smelled where you have been and burn the place in your brains.This lake is something that i will never see again ... ( I guess) so now seeing the picture, brings me back to that place, closing my eyes makes me smell it....more
Frans and Peter did it... they went all the way to the top. Leny and I stayed downstairs to catch them ha ha
Equipment: You dont need anything special except for a good pair of working brains. When we went it was all slippery of the rain, so you have to be extra carefull going up AND down.
In the middle of the pyramide is a rope where you can hang on if you want.
The main reason to come to Coba is to see the Mayan ruins of what is thought to be the largest of all Mayan cities. Only discovered at the end of the 19th century and moreorless re-abandoned until 1973, it is estimated that there are some 6500 structures in the city. Only a few have been been excavated and partly restored - and even these are dispersed round a large area and require (relatively easy) treks through jungle paths.
Fondest memory: There are times when you believe that you are discovering the ruins for yourself.