Cobá Travel Guide

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Cobá Highlights

  • Pro
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    Umfufu says…

     Wonderful to see one of the oldest things on earth 

  • Con
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    Dabs says…

     Still largely unexcavated 

  • In a nutshell
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    peggydaly says…

     The little town and the ruins are definitely worth the visit. 

Cobá Things to Do

  • Macanxoc Group

    This area of Coba is mostly Stelea. Tablets of pictographs telling story or history of the Mayan people. This area is said to have been used for ceremonial purposes.

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  • Group of the Paintings

    Also known as "Grupo de las Pinturas." The most interesting structure here is Xaibe. The term means "crossroad." This group is located between Nohoch-Mul and Macanxoc-Mul.

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  • Nohoch-Mul Group

    This is the main attraction on the park. It is one of the few structures of this height you can still climb to the top. The Mayan translation of Nohoch-Mul is "Big Mound." The structure has seven sections and the corners are round.This main structure is 137 feet high, the tallest on the Yucatan Peninsula. It has 120 steps. Climbing to the top is...

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Cobá Restaurants

  • fantastic Mayan food

    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...

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  • Make sure you dont sit to close to the...

    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...

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  • Dont miss a BBQ

    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...

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Cobá Nightlife

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    Maya sleeping in his hammock

    by Umfufu Written Jul 8, 2003

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    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.

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Cobá Transportation

  • Take a bike ride!

    Bicycles are available to rent at Coba. The rental location is just past Grupo Coba on the left. This is a great option if walking is too much but you want to get a little exercise in stead of the Pedi-taxi. You can also travel at your own pace as there is no time limit. The price is not bad either at 40 pesos.

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  • Pedi-taxi

    These Pedi-taxi's are very popular with the tourist crowd, especially the elderly and those that arrive by tourist bus. This is a good idea if you are not use to walking in high temperatures for a long distance. It is a little expensive. The taxi cost 120 pesos for 1.5 hours or 190 pesos for 2 hours. This is more than enough time to get to each...

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  • Driving to Coba

    If you have a rental car you can drive to Coba. From Cancun it takes about 2.5 hours. From Playa Del Carmen to Coba it takes about 1.5 hours.Once you arrive at the Coba ruins, there are two parking areas that are not very big. The first is a large gateway that can't be missed. When this fills up, drive past the tower and there is another small...

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Cobá Shopping

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    Kids asking for money

    by Umfufu Written Jul 8, 2003

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    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.

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Cobá Local Customs

  • New Age Comes to Coba?

    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...

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  • Moonshining

    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 !!!.....)

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  • Pay good attention through which door...

    I love this way of making a person know where to go. Typpical Mexican way...A little sombrero for the man and a little nitted woman on the ladies. Lucky for the ones that can read.... is the LADIES and GENTLEMAN on top of the door.

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Cobá Warnings and Dangers

  • Bring Bug Spray with you

    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...

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  • Crazy Mayan Man Hiding In The Jungle! ...

    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...

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  • Climb with Care!

    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...

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Cobá Tourist Traps

  • Use Pesos!

    Currently (March 2014) the bank exchange rate is 13 pesos to 1 USD. At Coba if you try and us USD at any facility, their conversion rate is 10 pesos to 1 USD. This is a significant amount. It always a good idea to change some money into Pesos upon arrive at a major town/city.See the exchange rate poster in the photos.

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  • Dont believe all they tell you

    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. Smile and be polite....just do if you believe the guide. Go outside and see the beauty of the...

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Cobá What to Pack

  • TO GO TO COBA!!!

    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...

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  • Bring soap and paper and....

    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.

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Cobá Off The Beaten Path

  • Man eating crocodile

    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...

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  • Fresh Fruit!

    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.

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  • The lake from an other point of view

    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....

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Cobá Sports & Outdoors

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    The great pyramide of Coba

    by Umfufu Written Jul 8, 2003

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    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.

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    by leffe3 Updated Mar 27, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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Chumuc-Mul Group
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Grupo Coba
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Zona Arqueologica de Coba
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Climb to the top of the pyramid
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ADO from Tulum
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Walk don't ride
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Descending the pyramid.
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Cobá Lake.
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Group D, Stele detail.
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Second Mayan Ballcourt.
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First group. Mayan Ball Court .
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Group D. (Maxancoc group)
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Las Pinturas Group.
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La Iglesia Pyramid.
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Nochol Mul...Sharing the views.
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Nochol Mul Pyramid Lintels.
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Nochol Mul Pyramid.
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Jungle trails.
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Playing Ball in Coba!
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Views from the Top
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COBA RUINS
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TULUM - COBA ROAD
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CLIMBING THE BIG DADDY!!!!
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Climbing Coba
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To Walk it or Bike it? That is the question!
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Visiting the Structures
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Crocodiles!!
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Getting to the cenotes ...
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Check the 'cenotes' out!!
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Archeological area
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Tour with Alltournative
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The Lake
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The ruins
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Feed a Crock
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Ball court
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Nohoch Mul
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Mayan limousine
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Rent a bike
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Watch your step!
Warnings and Dangers
swimming in Cho Ha Cenote
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